The deal with your newly-minted teen driver was simple. He had to do better in school all year than he’d ever done before and you’d buy him a new car. Come summer, not only has your teen received straight A’s in all his subjects but he also managed to letter in two sports. Now is the time to pay up.
Fortunately, part of the agreement was the you got to pick the car. Otherwise, he’d be getting a high-end and high-powered convertible that’s not only hard on the pocketbook but also poses concerns about accidents from speeding. You want to get the safest car possible but one that he’d also like. You can find suitable options from the list of the best cars for teens just put out by the Auto Club of Southern California.
The selection criteria is based on crash test scores from the national Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A midsized car is big enough to protect in a crash, yet small enough for easy handling. An automatic transmission is easier to drive and a four-cylinder engine provides fuel economy and safer acceleration. And for obvious reasons, the auto needs test scores that show better protection during accidents.
Topping the list in 2014 for both low cost and high safety is the Chevrolet Sonic 5 with an MSRP of $15,595. Ranking second is the Hyundai Elantra at $18,010. In third place is the Toyota Corolla at $18,195. If money is not so relevant, then the BMW 528i xDrive reigns supreme at $52,725, followed by the BMW 528i at $50,425, and the Audi A6 Quattro at $46,095, equipped with the optional side airbags.