Buying Your Teen’s First Car: Which is the Right One?

December 28th, 2015 by

teen driver FloRIDALet’s face it, everyone gets a little nervous when they think of any teenager driving, especially when it’s their own. If you have a teen who is about to get their driver’s license and looking for their first vehicle, there is a strict list of what can be expected from their first car: safety, price, and safety.

Knowing you’re going to have to compromise somewhere and let them have some say in the car you both choose, wouldn’t it be best to have all the information handy? Below is a list of the top three best used cars in Albany to purchase for your young one who’s not so young anymore.

Safety, Price, Safety

Given that the average price a teenager pays for their car is around the $10K line, it’s important to remember that there are plenty other factors that go into deciding the best cars for teens. While many love the idea of a large SUV, especially in terms of winter driving, a vehicle that large will probably be too much car to handle while a price effective compact vehicle won’t provide the safety net you’re needing for your child. The compromise is look in the midsize family of both SUV/Crossovers and sedans. So many nationally ranked safety vehicles exist in these segments and the prices stay low because they are responsibly conservative choices.

2012 Honda Accord

2012 honda accord

While Honda’s tend to last forever and retain excellent resale value, it’s easy to find a 2012 model that still has lower mileage for around the $10K mark. Available in many trims and body styles, it’s their safety that comes in first. Earning top scores from both the government and IIHS for frontal and side collision, it’s a safe car that will also teach a good lesson in fuel economy. EPA estimates of a combined 24 mpg will allow your teen to get in all the city practice they need without breaking the bank. It’s responsive handling and spacious interior come in handy for your over-achieving teen who has commitments to extracurriculars.

2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Subaru Forester

Offering up a small SUV is the compromise from the full size they so desperately want to drive to their next party. Subaru Forester comes with plenty of cargo space for all their sports equipment and while it is an SUV, it is the clear conservative, responsible choice. While it does provide a turbocharged engine, you’ll want to stay clear of anything that is going to promote faster acceleration. The practical choice may not be the most popular, but its steel cage and safety standards will keep you sleeping at night.

2007 Volvo S80

2007 S80

While Volvo’s are widely known for their reputable safety standards, the 2007 Volvo S80 was completely redone for that model year and included all the best in technology, engaging drive and because of its model year will be very affordable. Your teen will enjoy that all trims on this model come with leather interior, power seats, sunroof and alloy wheels. While it does lack newer technology, it still provides Bluetooth connectivity while also including CD’s, if your teen even knows what those are. Though the engine has quite a bit of ‘oomph’ behind the acceleration, the safety features that exist in the S80 stand in the way of reckless driving. Also, it’s conservative soccer-mom-esque qualities are likely to keep your teen from acting too out of line.