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Five of the Best Used Cars for Teen Drivers


Published September 25, 2018

While crash test scores and a suite of active safety features, along with vehicle reliability scores are what parents look at when considering a car for their teen driver, the teen, on the other hand, is more concerned about style and connectivity features. Which itself is a root of the growing problem of distracted drivers, especially among teens.

A recent study by Liberty Mutual found that 90 percent of teen drivers admit to talking on the phone while driving, and 78 percent say theyíve sent a text from behind the wheel. Itís been proven time and again that distracted driving is a primary cause of collisions involving teen drivers, as many as two-thirds of these crashes according to The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The vehicles listed as the best cars for teen drivers each feature robust safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), as well as a solid reliability record as well as positive reviews from automotive journalists.
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2015 Honda Fit
The subcompact Fit may be the ideal car for young drivers. It gets good gas mileage, is nicely styled with a surprisingly roomy interior and handles better than most small cars. All models of the Fit features a standard multi-angle rear-view backup camera, Vehicle Stability Assist with Traction Control and expanded view driverís mirror. Available safety features include a multi-angle rear camera with guidelines, along with Honda LaneWatch. The 2015 Fit received a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

2014-15 Buick Verano
Buick has changed a great deal since the time when a teen driving a Buick was assumed to have inherited their grandfatherís car. This has all changed in recent years. The stylish 2014 and 2015 Buick Verano is a great choice for teens because it offers both safety and reliability. It boasts some of the highest crash test scores in the class, and both model years earn a nearly perfect 4.5 out of five reliability rating from J.D. Power. The 2014 and 2015 Verano models are available with several driver assistance features, including a rearview camera, rear parking sensors, rear cross traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning.

2015 Toyota Camry
Itís hard to match the Camry for dependability, practicality, and value. The 2015 model lives up to these expectations with a spacious and user-friendly cabin, an excellent 4.5 out of five reliability rating from J.D. Power and Top Safety Pick Plus status from the IIHS. For advanced safety features available they are a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert. Should fuel economy be a priority, the 2015 Camry Hybrid delivers up to 42 mpg in the City and 38 mpg on the Highway.

2015 Ford Fusion
The model that perhaps best meets the needs of both parent and teen is the Ford Fusion. While parents will appreciate that the 2015 Fusion received a top Five Star test rating from NHTSA, teens will be anxious to engage with the voice-activated Sync system (which allows for voice commands to operate several features in the car without the driver having to take their hands off the wheel or their eyes off the road). All 2015 Fusions come standard with a rearview camera, which will provide your teen with helpful assistance when performing rearward maneuvers. Traction control, antilock brakes and stability control are all standard, and the Fusion is available with optional driver-assistive technology such as blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and forward collision warning. One feature parents will truly appreciate is the MyKey system which promotes responsible teen driving by encouraging good habits.

2014 GMC Terrain
If youíre seeking a vehicle thatís both safe and reliable for a teen driver, but can also be used as a family hauler when needed, the 2014 GMC fits the bill. It offers more space in the back row than most other compact SUVs of the same model year, while it also ranks near the top of both safety and reliability categories. The Terrainís perfect five-out-of-five dependability rating from J.D. Power speaks well of its reliability while its Top Safety Pick+ designation from the IIHS provides a measure of assurance. Available in the 2014 Terrain is blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and rear cross traffic alert that can help to potentially avoid accidents.
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