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10 Best Cars for Teenage Drivers

Submitted by admin on Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:38

School's out for the summer, so it’s time for summer fun. Our teenagers are chomping at the bit, ready to embark on their summer adventures. If you are looking to purchase a car for your son or daughter in the upcoming months, we recommend paying close attention to a few, important features:

Crash test scores: We recommend going over a prospective vehicle’s crash test scores and their reliability and safety ratings. This information is available via the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and J.D. Power and Associates

Select a car that has a responsive chassis: Teen drivers are prone to have naturally quick reaction skills, so look for a car that has excellent handling, quick steering, and reactive brakes.

Focus less on brand and more on safety: Often, cars such as Mustangs, BMWs, or large SUVs, are quite powerful and hard to control.

Watch out for cars that are too small: Conversely, small cars can also be detrimental to the safety of your teen driver. They usually don’t provide enough protection in a front-end crash. A mid-sized sedan with a four cylinder engine is an excellent substitution.

We have done a little bit of your homework for you. We have compiled a list of the ten best cars for teenage drivers based on the features listed above:

  • Chevrolet Sonic

  • Honda Fit

  • Kia Soul

  • Mazda3

  • Honda Civic

  • Hyundai Sonata

  • Chevrolet Malibu

  • Ford Fusion Hybrid

  • Kia Optima

  • Nissan Murano

If your son or daughter is heading off to University of Michigan in the fall, one of these cars could be an excellent addition to your back to school shopping list. Several of the vehicles listed above are run on alternative fuel. State Street Auto Service specializes in the service and repair of vehicles run on alternative fuel, and we would be happy to perform a pre-purchase inspection of any car you are thinking of buying, along with inspecting it throughout the school year. To schedule an appointment, call us at 734-761-8006.