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Teenage drivers are a horror for insurance companies and a reason for the early gray hair of parents. Nevertheless, a driving license is a huge accomplishment, and the new generation needs something to ride. The main criteria for choosing the best cars for teenagers are maintainability and safety.
We have prepared a list of autos that will be the right choice for those youngsters just getting out on the big roads of Indianapolis. Check them all, or you may begin by browsing our inventory of 300+ vehicles right now, sorting the cars according to your preferences.
Definitely, it should by no means be sporty: no Corvettes, Mustangs, or Vipers. This is a sure path to recklessness, accidents, and a possible sad outcome. The same applies to powerful engines: you need to start with such power that would not incite a young driver to set new speed records.
Additionally, large, heavy, stable cars are safer, so minicars are not included in the rating. The model should be equipped with ESP as, according to statistics , in accidents not related to car collisions the stability control system reduces the risk of death by 50 per cent. And the car must have a rating of at least “good” in crash tests corresponding to the year of its release.
And the last but not the least criterion is the insurance price. The average auto insurance cost is $1,771 for full coverage, but the amount can double or triple for teen drivers. Additional expenses are not surprising given the risk that newbie motorists pose to insurance companies. According to the Institute for Highway Safety and Insurance (IIHS), the risk of death from road traffic accidents is highest among teenage drivers, with 2,738 drivers under the age of 19 in road traffic accidents in 2020 alone.
Cars are always expensive, but there are many options on the used car market that you can purchase for relatively low prices (under $20,000 ). And there are many models at the Indy Auto Man car lot that can boast advanced safety features, high fuel efficiency, and durability that will last for years to come.
Ford Focus is stylish and comfortable. It is distinguished by safety, confident handling, and adaptivity to the driver’s desires. The car has soft but reliable suspension and good sound insulation, which has no analogs in this price segment. The Focus is stable and agile. Cruise control, mirror adjustment, heated seats, and inexpensive consumables are among its core benefits.
Hyundai cars are known for their rich equipment. When you buy a used Hyundai Accent, you get a reliable vehicle with a set of options typical for premium cars for an affordable price. A powerful, reliable engine with fairly low fuel consumption is an integral positive feature of the Hyundai Accent.
The Mazda3 has been systematically restyled. As a result, the car of the third generation has become one of the most technologically advanced, reliable, safe, and beautiful vehicles in its class. Mazda 3 has comfortable front seats, a spacious roomy glove compartment, large side mirrors, and a good design solution in general, making it the best car for teenagers.
Toyota Corolla will please any teenager with its equipment. Namely, in the configuration of the 11th generation of the Corolla model, released in 2013, there are bi-xenon headlights, parking sensors, heated windows, seats, mirrors, leather interior, LED running lights), satellite navigation, climate control, and even a panoramic sunroof. Thanks to the small size, the Toyota Corolla is the perfect choice for moving around the city.
Chevrolet Cruze behaves like a full-fledged representative of the station wagon family – it rides solidly and without sudden movements. But there is a slight difference from the rest of the class: in overtaking conditions, it will never let down a teen driver, responding to pressing the gas pedal with good acceleration without failures. Even in the basic trims, the Cruze has ten airbags, plus a directional stability mechanism with frontal collision prevention. Higher versions add ABS technology and StabiliTrak to avoid body rollover. The safety class makes the 2nd generation Chevrolet Cruze an ideal choice for teenagers: the model received the highest possible scores according to the European Euro NCAP standards.
The Chevrolet Equinox is a bestseller that underwent a radical upgrade in 2017: the crossover changed generation from 2nd to 3rd. The dimensions, exterior, interior, specifications, and equipment list have changed. The 2017 Equinox is poised to take on SUV brands like Toyota, Honda, and Ford.
Honda CR-V has a thoughtful and sophisticated interior, created using high-quality finishing materials. The noise level in the cabin is minimal. Everything in this model is thought out: for example, the pads along the edges of the dashboard protect the knees of the driver and front passenger from contact with the hard surface of the plastic panels. All the necessary vehicle controls and additional buttons and levers are located as conveniently as possible – so that the newbie driver can easily use the necessary function without being distracted from the road.
Against the background of its closest classmates, such as the Kia Sportage and Chevrolet Captiva, the compact Volkswagen Tiguan stands out for its smoothness, good sound insulation, quality materials, good ergonomics, and rich equipment. Already in the basic configuration, the Volkswagen Tiguan has ABS, an ESP stabilization system, and six airbags. In the crash tests of the EuroNCAP association, the crossover earned five stars out of five. Moreover, the car has the highest scores not only in frontal collisions but also in side impacts.
Dealing with teenagers is never easy. To be sure of the choice and please the novice motorist, come for a test drive to Indy Auto Man with the whole family! Our team will help you shorten the list of the best cars and find a perfect compromise between great style, high safety, and affordable price.