The 5 Best New Starter Cars for your Teen Driver

Anyone who has teen children knows the great amount of worry and angst that  accompanies that time when your child first starts to get behind the wheel of a car. We compiled a list of cars that your son or daughter probably won’t be too happy about but may give you at least a little bit more peace of mind.

While large SUVs tend to perform better in crash testing, the very large SUVs have a higher center of gravity which increases the potential that the vehicle will flip. Another problem with the big SUVs, that teens happen to love so much, is that the extra room for passengers translates into, well, more passengers which records show for teens can potentially be a dangerous risk. Then just to make your kids even angrier, we eliminated all vehicles that could go 0-60 in less 6 seconds. We know, we know, how terrible, but unless your child is driving for formula 1, it’s probably safer to de-incentive racing with peers.

We also chose not include cars who had a 0-60 time of more than 11 seconds because we
recognize the need for the car to be able to move quick in some accident avoidance situations should the need arise. Lastly, we selected cars with excellent crash ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety & the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, have a back-up camera, 6 or more air bags and have a braking distance of not more than 145 feet in dry conditions (going 60 mph). Oh and we only chose cars that start under $25,000 for the base model.

Criteria Recap:
1. No large SUVs or Pick-Ups
2. 0-60 time greater than 5 seconds but less than 10 seconds
3. 60 to stop brake time of less than 145 feet in dry conditions
4. 6 or more air bags
5. Back up camera
6. Excellent safety rating from IIHS and NHSTA
7. Rollover Risk: The risk of rollover in an accident where the driver loses control of the vehicle
8. Starting MSRP of less than $25,000

The Rankings

1. Subaru Legacy (MSRP $21,745-$29,945)

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The Legacy is a huge standout in the midsize car segement. The IIHS has rated the Legacy one of its top safety pics of 2017 and the NHTSA gave this car a 5 star rating in every single category.

Vehicle Type: Midsize Car
 Fuel Economy: 25/34
 0-60 time: 8.8 Seconds
 Safety Rating:
– IIHS: The Camry received their highest crashworthiness rating for all major categories and received the highest rating for its crash avoidance and mitigation capability. The ] Legacy even got top marks for its headlights.
– NHTSA: The Legacy is one of the rare few vehicles that the
NHTSA gave 5 star review in every single category.
– Rollover Risk: 10.10%

2. 2017 Ford Fusion (MSRP $22,600-$35,730)

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The Fusion is great starter car with excellent mileage and is an IIHS top safety pick
 Vehicle Type: Midsize Car
 Fuel Economy: 28/32
 0-60 time: 6.1 Seconds
 Safety Rating:
– IHHS: The Fusion received their highest crashworthiness rating for all major categories and received the highest rating for its crash avoidance and mitigation capability. The one downside is the Fusions’ poor rating for its headlights.
– NHTSA: The Fusion gets their highest 5 star rating
– Rollover Risk: 10.9%

3. 2017 Honda Accord (MSRP $22,355-$34,830)

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The Accord has a reputation as being a very reliable and is one of IIHS’s top safety picks for 2017. The Accord is a great starter car but also a fantastic car for most every other type of buyer as well
 Vehicle Type: Midsize Car
 Fuel Economy: 23/32
 0-60 time: 6.9 Seconds
 Safety Rating:
– IIHS: Accord received their highest crashworthiness rating for all major categories and received the highest rating for its crash avoidance and mitigation capability. The one downside is the Accord’s acceptable rating for its headlights.

– NHTSA: The Accord gets their highest 5 star review hitting high
marks in every single category.
– Rollover Risk: 9.90%

4. 2017 Chevrolet Sonic (MSRP $14,345-$21,495)

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The Sonic is super affordable, has great handling, great gas mileage and exceptional safety ratings.
 Vehicle Type: Small Car
 Fuel Economy: 28/32
 0-60 time: 9.7 Seconds
 Safety Rating:
– IIHS: The Sonic received their highest crashworthiness rating for all major categories
– NHTSA: The Sonic gets their highest 5 star review hitting high marks in every single category.
– Rollover Risk: 12.6%

5. Toyota Camry (MSRP $23,070-$31,370)

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The Camry is renowned for its reliability and its economical function. Like many of the other vehicles on our list. The IIHS has rated the Camry one of its top safety pics of 2017.
 Vehicle Type: Small Car
 Fuel Economy: 17/33
 0-60 time: 6.1 Seconds
 Safety Rating:
– IIHS: The Camry received their highest crashworthiness rating for all major categories and received the highest rating for its crash avoidance and mitigation capability. The one downside is the Camry’s acceptable rating for its headlights.
– NHTSA: The Camry gets their highest 5 star review hitting high marks in every single category.
– Rollover Risk: 11.1%

So when your teen is out on the road, not only will you know they are safe, but you’ll know you got a great deal with PushAuto – you could even get it delivered to your door as a surprise for when they pass final exams!