Dependability, reliability, crash prevention and safety features that include parental speed control settings.
Those are the top considerations when buying or leasing a new or used car for a teen with minimum experience behind the wheel, and the top factors to get a vehicle onto the annual Best Cars for Teens list.
I would also add value for the money – five of the top ten new cars are under $35,000, and the top two are under $25,000.
All award-winners are available with forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking, as well as lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist.
All 2023 Best New Cars for Teens are available with forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking, as well as lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist.
All winners also have teen driver controls or available smartphone apps that send alerts when the car goes over a set speed or is driven outside a set time period or geographic area. These features allow parents to set limits for teen drivers and have an ongoing conversation with their teens about responsible driving habits.
Hyundai is Top-Rated
Hyundai won the most awards, with four in different categories. Across the eight new-car categories, three of the winners are hybrids, which should appeal to climate- and budget-conscious teens. In the five used-car categories, four of the winners are hybrid vehicles. With two award wins, Hyundai also earned more Best Used Cars for Teens awards than any other brand.
“Each vehicle that won a Best Cars for Teens award offers strong crash test ratings and helpful active safety features, so there’s a better chance of being protected if a collision occurs,” said Jim Sharifi, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars, which issues the annual list.
“At the same time, these awards highlight the cars and SUVs that have teen driver controls, which can help new drivers hone their skills behind the wheel and lower the chance that they will be involved in an accident.”.
Best Car for Teens $20K to $25K
Best SUV for Teens $20K to $25K
Best Car for Teens $25K to $30K
Best SUV for Teens $25K to $30K
Best Car for Teens $30K to $35K
Best SUV for Teens $30K to $35K
Best Car for Teens $35K to $40K
Best SUV for Teens $35K to $40K
About U.S. News Best Cars
Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News also publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Vehicle Brands, Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families. U.S. News Best Cars had more than 61 million visitors over the past year, with the majority actively shopping for a car. More than 70% of active shoppers reported that U.S. News influenced their car-purchasing decision, saying that they trust our advice to be unbiased and that they would recommend our site to others.
Full disclosure – As an automotive journalist, ecoXplorer Evelyn Kanter contributed articles for the U.S. News & World Report website for about five years.
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