When it comes time to purchase a family car that will be used by a new or inexperienced driver, you want to be sure that you choose a vehicle that is safe, reliable and easy on gas. Sometimes, it is not the small, compact car that has the best safety rating, as indicated by the problems in the Chevrolet Cobalt. Many of the victims in crashes caused by the faulty ignition switch issue were young, as the car was marketed as a great first vehicle. These following cars, however, have been rated as safe, economical and reliable for even the most inexperienced driver:
Newer models of the Toyota Corolla look much sportier than its predecessors, so teens are more likely to enjoy driving them. With a base MSRP of $16,950, the Corolla, even brand new, is inexpensive and fits in the budget of most parents or teens. Used models cost much less but because Toyota has a reputation for quality, even older models of the Corolla are reliable for young drivers. In addition, the Corolla has many options available that will appeal to both parents and teens, such as Bluetooth connectivity, iPod interface and two additional speakers.
The Ford Focus has a basic MSRP of $17,170, offering leather-trimmed seats and a center console that includes adjustable cup holders. It also comes with SYNC voice-activated technology that lets drivers keep their hands on the wheel while they stay connected with the world. The Focus also has BLIS, a blind-spot information system with Cross-Traffic Alert, a lane-keeping system, active park assist and a reverse sensing system for added safety. Basically, this model keeps a new driver from getting distracted, and several systems to help out when they make mistakes.
Another automaker who is known for their quality, Volkswagen offers the Golf at a base MSRP of $17,995. The Golf offers seven active stability-enhancing systems, an intelligent crash response system, adaptive airbags and a crash-optimized front end so that parents know their teen is driving in a safe vehicle.
The Subaru Legacy is slightly more expensive than the other models rated highly for teens with a base MSRP of $21,695, but the safety features available outweigh the added cost. The Subaru has Eyesight Driver Assist Technology which allows drivers to monitor traffic movement and warns when the vehicle sways outside the lane. There is also a blind-spot detection system and vehicle dynamic control. Through Subaru Starlink, teens will be able to integrate their smartphone and iPod so there is no need to adjust radio stations by taking their eyes off the road.
These four cars are perfect for the new, inexperienced driver in your family. Purchasing one of these vehicles will allow you to feel secure that the teen is driving in a safe, reliable car while teens will enjoy the sporty look and technology that are featured in these new models.