Top Rated New Cars for New Drivers

For every parent, one of the defining moments in their child’s lives is when they are ready to drive.

Drivers of all ages can be dangerous behind the wheel, and it’s scary enough to think of your child being in that situation.

The automotive industry understands what these young drivers need in a vehicle and of course safety is number one.

Here is a listed of the top rated vehicles for young drivers.

In mid-2012, Kelley Blue Book released a list of the top 10 safest new cars for teenagers. Their number one choice was the 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

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2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Hyundai Elantra

This compact car has won multiple 5-star overall safety ratings. They offer a 10,000 mile warranty and the vehicle is great on gas. Beside the comfort of knowing your child will be safe, your wallet will be happy too, because the car is priced under $16,000.

The Elantra has also appeared on the U.S. News Best Cars Rankings with an overall rate of 8.8.

Honda CR-Z

The products that Honda has generated in the past few years are brilliant, for all drivers. Honda Civics are seen so often on the road, because they last for so long. For a young teen though, the Honda CR-Z is best.

Don’t get it confused with the CR-V, which is the SUV version of this vehicle. This smaller vehicle gets 35 miles per gallon and it’s also a hybrid vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has rated the vehicle four out of five stars.

Honda Fit

Another product from Honda is their “Fit”. This car is extremely fuel-efficient and again, meets many top safety standards.

The performance isn’t as high as some of their other options, so you’ll feel at ease knowing they won’t be trying any joy rides with their newly earned independence. The Fit is priced at under $16,000 which makes it very attractive.

Like its CR-Z counterpart, the Fit ranks 8.7 with the U.S. News Best Cars Rankings. Like most new vehicles, it sports full vehicle airbags for extra safety.

Toyota Scion tC

Scion has become popular in the past years and that may be in thanks to their creator, Toyota. They have multiple vehicles that meet the safety standards that teen drivers need, but the Scion tC is one of their smaller cars, still with a unique look, that offers 23 miles per gallon city mileage. The safety aspects are all around airbags and even stability control, which can be a must for shaky new drivers.

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