5 Smart Cars for Teen Drivers

2012 Honda CR-V
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2012 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a regular on the U.S. News Best Cars list of affordable compact SUVs. For teen drivers, the 2012 CR-V especially stands out as the model year with the CR-V’s best safety scores over the past five years. Reviewers say it has exceptionally strong brakes and includes standard safety features typical of SUVs. This compact SUV also delivers top crash test scores from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

New drivers will appreciate that the 2012 CR-V handles more like a car and is easy to maneuver. David Bennett, AAA’s manager of automotive programs, emphasizes that it’s important for parents to pick a car their teen can feel comfortable driving. He recommends staying away from too large of a car, which often has a large hood or excessive blind spots that limit a young driver’s range of vision. A small crossover, such as the CR-V, is also a good fit for teens who learned to drive with a car instead of an SUV.

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