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So your teen has just turned 16 and they are begging for a new ride. It would be impractical to say, “No, you are on your own”, but you also have enough common sense not to buy your ticking-time-bomb teen a new vehicle and unleash them on the road. I’m sure you weren’t contemplating doing this. Have you looked at teen driving statistics lately? Are you certain your child will not text and drive? Do you text and drive? Ok I’m off my soapbox.
Do you need further convincing? The number one cause of death in adolescents are motor vehicle crashes. Here is more:
So your criteria, as a rational parent, is as follows:
The good news is all of the criteria mentioned can be met. You can purchase a safe, reliable, and visually appealing vehicle for your 16-year old. Here is your list of 15 used vehicles:
In addition to clean lines, the later model Chevrolet Cruze gets almost 40 MPG.
The later model Fusions look much better after being redesigned in 2013, but all perform will in safety tests.
The Accord is the industry standard for safety, aesthetics, and long-lived performance. Although Honda’s in general hold their value better than other manufacturers, the inflated sticker price is well warranted.
Yes, the Fit is a little boxy and cramped but in addition to high marks in safety tests, all Fit’s get 35+ MPG.
A reliable release from a rising star in the automobile industry. V-6 suffers from low fuel economy.
Since the 2013 makeover, one could argue that this is Hyundai’s flagship and it just might be. A cheap and beautiful car for your teenager.
The Kia Soul has exactly that. Retro styling with very good fuel economy, the Kia is in the middle of the pack in terms of price.
We said one of the criteria was visually appealing design. Yes, the Kia Sportage falls a bit short in this regard, but its safety and reliability compensate.
If you can actually find a 2013 CX-5: buy it! If you don’t purchase a CX-5 for your child, purchase one for yourself. Skyactiv technology gives this release 35+ MPG. On the higher end of our price point, and possibly out of our range, I couldn’t leave this one out.
The Altima is Nissan’s lower end sedan which makes it perfect for this list. Safe and reliable.
The jury is still out on the Scion’s but fuel economy and price make the Xb very appealing.
The styling of the Matrix has improved as well as its safety test results. Think an edgier Prius without the snobbery.
As far as Toyota used car prices are concerned, the Rav4 is remarkably affordable. The Rav4 has always performed well in safety tests.
Many people don’t know that Volkswagon is the number one carmaker in the world. The Jetta is the flagship sedan of VW.