Teen drivers are the new drivers on the block, and while some teens might be fearful of driving, others are really excited about it, and also excited about driving brand new cars.
While exciting for the novice teen driver, for their parents, all this excitement can be a little overwhelming - especially when it comes to shelling out cash for a new car. Buying a good, solid used car is usually the best compromise - a harmonious solution for both teens and parents alike.Used cars come with many benefits - they will usually have all the existing features of a specific model, they cost less than a new cars, and used cars are perfect for the new driver.
The car experts at CarInsurance.com have put together a list of used cars that they believe are ideal for teen drivers. Each car on the list is a 2009 model and is valued at $15,000 or less by Edmunds.com. All cars on the list are rated by the Environmental Protection Agency to get 20 or more miles per gallon in both combined city and highway driving, and according to TrueDelta.com, the cars score at least average or better in annual repair visits. The cars have also received a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Insurance costs are calculated based on an 18 year old driver, so your own insurance premiums and costs will vary.
From that list, I've chosen six cars that are my personal favorites:
1. Ford Taurus
This is an effective choice for both teen drivers and new drivers of any age. The 2009 Ford Taurus is cost effective, gets 20 miles per gallon, and performs well on both highway and city roads. Repair costs are also low, and it's considered to be one of the safest cars on the highway, performs well and has a roomy interior. The estimated insurance cost is $3,222.00/yr.
The 2009 Honda Accord is safe and spacious for a car of its size. It has a standard 4 cylinder engine, and gets good gas mileage, as well as a good resale value. The annual insurance cost of the 2009 Honda Accord is approximately $3,334.00/yr.
3. Subaru Legacy
The 2009 Subaru Legacy has all wheel drive for enhanced safety, and performs well in inclement weather conditions. The 2009 Subaru Legacy has various available versions; a standard 4 cylinder model, and a six cylinder version, as well as a turbo charged version are available. The estimated cost for insurance is $3, 518.00/yr.
4. Audi A3 2.0T
The Audi A3 2.0T is a blend of luxury and performance. It comes with a standard 4 cylinder engine and front wheel drive. There is also the popular V6 engine version with all wheel drive, however it costs a little more than the standard model. The estimated annual insurance premium is approximately $3,622.00/yr.
5. Toyota Corolla
Like the Ford Taurus, the 2009 Toyota Carolla is suitable for teens and new drivers of any age. Being a great performer, the Toyota Carolla is reliable, comfortable and cost effective, and has a nice interior, The annual premium insurance is cost is approximately $3, 656.00/yr.
6. Honda Civic
The 2009 Honda Civic has a fuel efficient and powerful 4 cylinder engine, and is comfortable and safe. Estimated annual insurance cost is $3,738.00/yr.
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