The last summer month is in full swing, meaning a new school year is around the corner. If there is a teenager or twenty-something in your life that needs a new ride for college or high school, consider one of the vehicles listed below. Enhanced safety features, and modern technologies preventing dangerous conditions on the road are top factors to be considered when choosing a car for a teenager, as they are by far the most dangerous age group on the road. Among other essential features, we should mention fuel efficiency, versatility and low starting sticker price.
2014 Subaru Impreza is an optimal choice for teens. It`s a good all-around performer, which comes with standard all-wheel drive and a bundle of safety features. The car offers sedan and hatchback versions. The Impreza 2.0 is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission and 148-hp 2.0-liter horizontally opposed four-cylinder engine.
Volkswagen Golf is rated as one of the safest vehicle for teen drivers. In terms of pure driver appeal the hatchback jumps to the head of this list thanks to responsive steering, sharp handling and perfectly designed manual transmission ideal for inexperienced stick-shifters. Volkswagen Golf has simple interior designed for distraction-free driving. It`s equipped by either a 150-hp 2.0-liter TDI clean-diesel, or 170-hp 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine. The modest engines of the vehicles mean that your teenager is less likely to have troubles that he/she would be in a proper sport car equipped with power engines.
Toyota Yaris is a small, simple car, cheaper to run and utterly reliable. Its pricing starts at just over $14.000. Yaris highlights include good gas mileage, nine airbags including a driver`s knee airbag protecting against leg injuries, and a useful large cargo bay.
The Chevrolet Sonic is available in 4-door sedans or 5-door hatchbacks. It comes with fuel economy and a quiet interior. Chevy Sonic is the first and only small car to ever get a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score for Safety from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A strong body shell and ten airbags are key to the vehicle defenses. All models come standard with a 143-hp 1.8-liter engine with a five-speed manual transmission and optional CVT.
Kia traditionally builds cheap, mediocre vehicles. Its subcompact Rio scores high grades for its up-to-dated styling, excellent gas mileage, fuel efficiency and easy-to-use dashboard. Its price starts at $14,150, and the vehicle is covered by warranty of 60,000 miles or 5 years on the whole car and 100,000 miles or10 years on the engine, driveline and transmission.
The sharp Mazda 3 employing reliability ratings and fuel economy is an ideal choice as a back-to-school vehicle for teenagers. It is offered in four trim levels: Sport, SV, Touring and Grand Touring. Mazda 3 is equipped with 2.0-liter 155-hp, direct injection, SKYACTIV four-cylinder engine, and a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. It comes with additional features depending on trim level including HD radio, blind spot monitoring system, Bose audio system, a power moonroof and intelligent key system.