When buying a car for teenagers, parents look at the safety, cost effectiveness and fuel efficiency of the cars. Furthermore, the look and appeal examined by the teenagers determines whether the transaction is made. Here are the top 10 cars for teens based on 3 criteria: safety test results, cost effectiveness and fuel efficiency.
1. Ford Fiesta:
It’s a small car which will be a good starting point for teenagers. It has excellent stability control and crash test results. The cost starts at approximately $13,000. It is very fuel efficient, consuming 4.9L/100km on the highway and 6.8L/100km in the city. Ford is now developing a strategy for electrification slated to start in 2013.
2. Toyota Scion:
This car was specifically made for teenagers. The price for a basic car is around $16,000. The new edition is fuel efficient, consuming 9.7L/100km in the city and 7.2L/100km on highway.
SAB crash ratings are 5/5 for both front and side. It also has side, front and head airbags as well as a 4 wheel ABS system. The car just entered into Canadian markets in 2010. It has been successful so far.
3. Honda Civic
This car is fuel efficient, reliable and has an attractive practicality. It is one of the best selling cars. 16.5 million Honda Civics were sold as of 2007 worldwide, 7.3 million of them were in the United States. When driving on the highway, the latest edition (8th Generation) takes 5.7L/100km and 8.2L/100km on the city roads. The price is also ideal as the base car costs around $15,000.
4. Toyota Corolla:
This is a perfect car to buy for teens. Many instructors utilize this car to begin teaching lessons to first time drivers. Take a look on the road and you will see what I am talking about. The car is very basic, simple and comfortable. One can easily adjust to the system, especially when it was their training car. All cars are equipped with airbags and stability control. You can definitely find the car at a low price around $15,000.
5. Ford Focus:
This is an excellent car for starter drivers who do not have experience with the road. It has a SYNC system which allows the voice to control the Ipod and cellphone commands. It is cost efficient, pricing at around $18,000. It also has a 6 speed and dual clutch automated system.
On the highway it takes about 5.88L/100km.
6. Mazda 3:
This car beats most Japanese cars in terms of price. The deals you can get at Mazda, you can never find anywhere else. It is fuel efficient taking up around 10L/100 km. There are two cars teens can choose from when buying a Mazda: hunchback or sedan. The price is around $15,000 for standards and 21,000 with upgrades. The latest edition scored 15.33/16 on the offset crash test and 15/16 on the side crash test. Quite safe for the price! There are sports editions to the car which easily fit teenagers.
7. Volkswagen Jetta:
This car is the safest for teens when driving on the highway in terms of its horse power. Visibility is clear and the layout is simple for those just getting used to driving. Volkswagen also provides diesel cars for the Jettas, which allows teenagers and students on a budget, to be more cost efficient. The cost is also around $15,000 for a basic car.
8. Mitsubishi Lancer:
This car is popular amongst teenagers. It’s not great like the Hondas and Nissans, but is still reasonable for those wanting a sporty look. It is simple and cost efficient. The cost of a 4D sports edition manual transmission car is around $16,000. It consumes 24 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg in the city. This is approximately 9.4L/100km in the city and 6.5L/100km on highway. There are 12 kinds to choose from, which makes it a good gift.
9. Kia Sportage:
Improvements have been made by Kia. This is a fuel efficient car that is worth buying. Your teenager will love the sporty and compact look. It has stability control, a 6 airbag system and even a backup warning. The latest edition, 2011, consumes 9.5L/100km in the city and 6.9L/100km on the highway.
10. Toyota Prius:
Although a bit pricy and a bit over the $20,000 mark, it still deserves a spot on the top 10 list. It is fully hybrid, which saves teenagers and even students on fuel (2011 (basic): 3.4L/100km on highway and 4.0L/100km in the city). It is presently sold in 70 countries and is quite popular. It is a reliable car with excellent versatility and has traction and Vehicle Stability controls. These specs are important for a teenager buying a car because his/her budget is small.