Are you in your teens? Thinking of buying a new car for yourself? Check out a list of some of the best cars for teens, some affordable cars for teens that are easy on the pocket but capable enough for your driving needs.
Picking a good car for teenagers can be difficult. Things are especially tough if you are a parent. A car can help your young kid get the freedom of transportation. But it comes with a lot of responsibilities. This is why a lot of parents hesitate to see their children behind the wheels. In countries like the US, car crashes are one of the prime causes of teen deaths every year. However, a lot of teens admirably handle their responsibility. That is the reason why many automobile companies bring out cars keeping teenage requirements in mind.
We have drawn up a list of what we felt to be some of the best cars for teenagers. Take a look at it to know which four-wheelers you can buy for yourself (if you are a teen) or your kid.
Best Cars For Teens
Check out some good cars for teenagers for the year 2010.
This 4-door, 5-seater family sedan is one of the best affordable cars for teenagers. It is available in 6 trims, three I4 models and three V6 models. The I4 trims come loaded with a 2.5 liter, 175 hp engine that achieves 31mpg on the highway and 22 mpg in the city. There is a 6 speed standard manual transmission and an optional 6 speed automatic transmission. The V6 versions boast of superior 3.5 liter, 263 hp engine that achieves 24 mpg on the highway and 17 mpg in the city. It arrives with a standard 6 speed automatic transmission.
The Ford guys seem to have worked less over the interiors which look a bit dull. But it is spacious and packed with some advanced features like voice-activated SYNC connectivity and hands-free cell phone operation. That means bye-bye to your fears of your kid texting and driving. There are also other superior safety features including antilock disc brakes, stability control, rear parking sensors, traction control and airbags at the front and sides. The advanced brakes let the sedan stop at 60 mph within 126 feet. The four-wheeler has passed a number of crash tests with flying colors.
The car is priced between $19,695 and $28,355. The low-cost car can be a good buy for your kid.
The 4 door, 5-seater Prius is a family sedan that comes in 4 trims. All trims are equipped with 1.8 liter, 134 hp engine. It lets you achieve 48 mpg on the highway and 51 mpg in the city. The standard speed transmission is variable. The Prius is integrated with Hybrid Synergy Drive technology that makes emissions much lower but gives good mileage. There are three modes – Power Mode, Eco Mode and EV mode. In EV mode, you can travel at a top speed of 25 miles per hour. This hybrid car is very economical in fuel usage.
Safety is not an issue in the Prius with advanced electronic disc brakes on both ends, superior shock absorbers and shielded air bags on front and knee. The anti-crash aluminum body provides added safety to the driver. It has successfully passed almost all crash tests. It is one of the safest cars for teenagers.
This family sedan is available at a price range of $22,800 – $28,070.
2010 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI
Tens just love sports wagons. What can be better than a sports car from one of the most distinguished four-wheeler manufacturer for decades? The Jetta SportWagen TDI is a mid-sized sedan that comes with German technology and global looks. This 4 door, 5-seater car is loaded with a 2 liter engine that lets you achieve 30 mpg in the city and 42 mpg on the highway. The 120 cu. Inch engine gives you 140 hp at 4000 rpm. It offers 6 speed dual clutch automated manual transmission.
The car makers have kept focus on safety with vented disc brakes and airbags in the front and rear, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and brake assist. It has got five star rating in most car crash tests. There is also support for Bluetooth phones. Many Volkswagen-lovers feel it is the best car for new drivers in 2010.
The car is priced between $19,825 and $25,830.
The 4-door, 5 seater wagon comes in only one trim known as the Sport 5-Door. It is fitted with a 2.3 liter, 263 hp turbo engine. It lets you achieve 25 mpg on the highway and 18 mpg in the city. The model comes with a standard 6 speed manual transmission.
If you are worried about safety, this is your car. The trim comes with a range of safety features like antilock disc brakes, brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control, traction control, active head restraints, side curtains and six airbags. There are vented disc brakes in the front and rear. The interior is comfortable and designed with cushion from crashes. Interestingly, the MAZDASPEED 3 has passed most NHTSA crash tests with five stars. T has got 4 stars only in side rear passenger crash test.
The model is available at $23,340.
The automobile unit of this Japanese conglomerate has always been a big player in motor manufacturing. The 2010 Lancer Sportback keeps up its name. Its sporty look and performance makes it one of the most popular cars for teens. The 5 seat hatchback car arrives with a 2.4 litre engine. It produces 31 mpg on the highway and 23 mpg in the city. At 237 hp, the Lancer Sportback Ralliart trim offers more horsepower than the Sportback GTS.
All 2010 Sportback trims have got 5 stars in front and side driver NHTSA crash tests. Side and rear passenger tests have fetched them 4 stars.
The car is as economical in price as its fuel usage. The price starts from $19,190 and reaches up to $27,590. It is one of the best affordable cars for teenagers. Many insiders feel it is the best car for teenage driver though that is certainly debatable.
So here are the low-downs on some of the best cars for teens. These good, affordable four-wheelers come with excellent styling, safety and features that make them perfect for teens who have just started driving automobiles. Send us your feedback and let us know which other cars you want to add to this list.