It’s that time of year again. Spring is here, summer is just around the corner, and odds are your child will be hopping behind the wheel to take a driver’s ed course. And, before you know it, they’ll have their license and be bugging you for their own set of wheels.
We all know your child is going to aim for the car that looks the coolest, but as a parent you’ll probably be looking to get them a vehicle that is also safe, reliable, and fuel-efficient. We dug through the recent IIHS 2017 Safety Picks to find 5 vehicles that will make both you and your child happy.
5 Cars for Teen Drivers in 2017
1. 2017 Hyundai Elantra
Years ago, a Hyundai might have been the last choice on both yours and your child’s picks for a top car, but in recent years, Hyundai has made huge strides in safety, performance, and looks. IIHS gave the 2017 Elantra a Superior Front Crash Prevention Rating, to go along with high marks for all of their standard crash metrics. Combine that with 29 MPG City and 38 MPG Highway, and the Elantra becomes a great fit for a new driver.
2. 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback
Hatchbacks are always a fun first car to have, and the 2017 Mazda 3 Hatchback couples style with safety. Unlike previous years, where IIHS gave an “Advanced” Front Crash Prevention Rating, the 2017 model was upgraded to Superior thanks to upgrades in the vehicles autobraking abilities.
3. 2017 Toyota Prius
When it comes to saving money on fuel, the 2017 Toyota Prius is hard to beat. Featuring 58 MPG City and 53 MPG Highway, you’ll be sure to save a few dollars with this vehicle. In addition to exceptional MPG, the Prius is receives top marks across most safety categories and weighs in at a shade over a sturdy 3,000lbs.
4. 2017 Honda CR-V
Many parents gain an added sense of security when their child drives an SUV, as the added weight of a larger vehicle can protect passengers in the event of a crash. Unfortunately, that added weight often comes at a cost to the vehicles MPG. Not with the 2017 Honda CR-V. In addition to top marks for safety, the CR-V gets 25 MPG City and 31 MPG Highway. Numbers that are hard for most SUVs to beat.
5. 2017 Honda Ridgeline
We had to throw one truck in there for our country folk! The 2017 Honda Ridgeline is one of the safest trucks on the road these days, receiving Superior marks almost across the board. Considering this truck is also not a gas guzzler, the Ridgeline proves to be a solid choice when it comes to safety, fuel cost, and looks.