Best new and used cars to buy your teenager who just got a license

Teenagers often dream of driving super cars, but the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention say at least six teenagers aged between 16 and 19 die from car accidents every day.

This disturbing figure presents a big challenge for parents planning to gift their boy or girl a new set of wheels.

So, experts suggest active safety tech and reliability as top priorities against infotainment and sleek styles which appeal most to young people.

But no matter how many times you advise teenagers that crash test score should be a major factor when buying any car brand or model, they often make wrong choices which expose them to danger—especially when driving irresponsibly.


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Here’s our list of the best cars for teen drivers:

  • Hyundai Accent (2019): Priced under $20,000, the new car model is ranked best among sub-compact cars and perfect for parents working on a tight budget. Interestingly, the Limited option offers standard features together with essential safety features such as automatic emergency braking system and forward collision warning. Another important addition to Hyundai Accent Limited (2019) is the brand’s Blue Link system, which tracks user’s location and sends phone alert to parent’s phone when out of present geographical area or when driver exceed speed restriction.


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  • Volkswagen Jetta (2019): This new car model costs between $15,000 to $20,000 and is a good option for parents who consider gas mileage one of their priorities. More importantly, the Volkswagen Jetta (SE model) offers a wide range of active safety tech such as blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, cross-traffic alert and forward collision warning systems. Other standard features include lane keep assist, lane departure warning, user-friendly infotainment system, and comfy seats which make long-distance travels exciting.


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However, if you are considering buying used models for your teens, let them know that reliability and safety record within the past 10 years is more important than how flashy the car looks.