Top New Cars for Teens

Parents of first-time drivers usually want to help their kids find a vehicle that is safe, reliable, efficient and affordable. has named their picks for the top new cars for teen drivers.

“We realize that parents play an important role in the car-buying process,” said senior editor Joe Wiesenfelder. “But we also realize that a teen’s priority typically is looking cool, while their parents are probably concerned with safety and practicality.  That’s why we considered body styles as well as safety features while making our decisions.”
Experts compared overall value and safety features, as well as gas mileage, exterior styling and interior comfort. considered coupes, sedans, convertibles, hatchbacks, SUVs and regular-cab pickup trucks that cost less than $20,000.
Best New Car for First-Time Drivers:
2008 Honda Civic
Best Deal for First-Time Drivers:
2008 Honda Fit
Other Worthy Contenders:
2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
2008 Suzuki SX4
2008 Toyota Tacoma
2008 Scion xB
2008 Nissan Sentra
2008 Hyundai Sonata
2008 Mini Cooper
2008 Ford Escape