Consumer Reports is one of the few publications that helps keep us on the straight and narrow when it comes to buying everyday items. They review everything from toasters to automobiles and in doing so help us make educated decisions when purchasing everyday products. Their automobile reviews in particular are very good, as they’re not beholden to sponsors or manufacturers. Recently they put together a list of the best used cars that you can purchase for your teenager, while at the same time interjecting some very helpful hints that some parents may overlook. For example, it’s always better to purchase a later model car with updated safety features such as multiple airbags and stability control. Look for cars that are reasonably powerful, but not overly so. For instance a powerful car (especially for young men) can encourage speeding and is not recommended. They also recommend striking mini-vans and SUV’s from your list, citing that a bus load of teenagers is never a good thing, something that I wholeheartedly agree with.
In the end their list looks something like this, but I’d still recommend heading over there to check out the full article.
2011 Best cars for teens
• Acura TSX (2004 or later)
• Ford Focus sedan (2009 or later)
• Hyundai Sonata (2006 or later)
• Hyundai Elantra SE (2008 or later)
• Mazda3 Touring (2007 or later)
• Scion xB (2008 or later)
• Volkswagen Jetta (2007 or later)
• Volkswagen Rabbit (2007 or later)