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Top Parent-Approved Vehicles For Young Drivers


Do you remember getting your first car after turning 16? Few things get us more excited in life than this monumental event. It seems that all those kids think about in the months leading up to the day they get their driver's license, while as parents, we worry about what car will be right for them. 

There are so many things to consider when deciding on a first car. Perhaps it is best to find one with less horsepower and a smaller engine. This can help keep them from putting "the pedal to the metal" so to speak. Are you considering a compact? It might be better to choose a more substantial, heavier car to help keep them safe. Perhaps find a vehicle that has electronic stability control (ESC) to help them stay on the road safely.

Here are some of the top cars recommended for teens from the Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) under $20,000 to consider:

Ford Fusion 
This mid-size sedan comes in three trim levels to help with price-point as well as electric plug-in and hybrid models. It is sleek and stylish, has a touch screen, and has a sporty appearance with its 16-inch wheels. The Ford Fusion gets 26 mpg and comes with a four-cylinder engine.

Chevrolet Malibu
This mid-size sedan is smooth and responsive to the touch and has a well laid out console. The Malibu comes in four trim levels, which provides a range of pricing for families and teens alike. The Malibu is sporting a 2.5-liter engine and gets 29 MPG.

Chevrolet Equinox
If you are looking for an SUV for your teen, take a look at the Equinox. This SUV is compact enough to handle like a car and has the weight you are looking for in an SUV. The looks are fresh with 17" alloy wheels and automatic headlights. The cargo space is excellent for athletic teens and still gets good fuel economy, coming in at 26 MPG with the standard 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine.

Kia Optima
For a mid-size sedan, the Kia Optima handles smoothly, looks sporty with 16" wheels, comes with heated mirrors, a six-speaker sound system, and Bluetooth connection. This sweet little car gets 26b MPG with the 2.4-liter engine.

Honda Accord
The Honda Accord speaks for itself. With it's proven track record, responsive handling, ergonomic design, and excellent fuel economy, the Honda Accord is an excellent choice for a daily driver. It even gets 30 MPG with the four-cylinder engine and comes with Bluetooth technology.

Nissan Altima
The Altima comes with sporty 16" wheels and LCD screen with Bluetooth and excellent fuel economy. In the 2.5 liter, the Altima gets 31 MPG, which is why it is one of the best sellers for teen drivers. The Altima comes in two packages levels, which offer pricing options for your family.

Toyota Camry
The Toyota Camry comes in five trim levels, which provides a variety of pricing for your family. The clean touch screen and Bluetooth features are a huge attractant. These cars get 28 MPG with their 2.5 liter, four-cylinder engine, and provide peace of mind when your teen is behind the wheel and on the road.

Give us a call or schedule an appointment today with Family Auto Service for a pre-purchase inspection. With four locations throughout the San Diego area in La Jolla, La Mesa, Santee, and Alpine, Family Auto Service's auto mechanics are available to keep your vehicle in prime condition. If you need a shuttle service while our auto mechanics repair your car, please let us know so we can drop you off where you need to go. Our business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

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