11 Excellent Cars for Teen Drivers

Best Cars for Teens
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Safe Choices for Young Drivers

With school back in full swing, teenage drivers are on the road once again. Between getting to and from school, as well as various extracurricular activities, teens are behind the wheel from early morning to late evening. These increasingly long days and busy schedules can lead to distracted and dangerous driving. Not only do 50 percent of teen drivers admit to texting while driving in the past 30 days, but according to a new study, nearly one in 10 teens have admitted to completely falling asleep while driving.

Distracted driving, in fact, is the leading cause of crashes involving teens. Whether they are talking with their friends, texting on their phone, or using the infotainment system, teens often look everywhere but the road. Additionally, even when teens are trying to focus on driving, they can often be drowsy or too tired to be alert. This, coupled with teens’ inexperience, can have dangerous and potentially fatal consequences.

There is no better time to confront this reality than Teen Driver Safety Week (October 16-22), sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

We’ve identified the Best Cars for Teens to help keep your teen, and other drivers, safe. Each car has a long list of accident-avoidance technologies such as blind spot monitoring, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and automatic precollision braking, as well as top-rated crash test performance, so occupants will be well-protected should an accident occur. Plus, new technology in some vehicles allows parents to set speed and audio volume restrictions when their teen is behind the wheel, while other systems can send parents updates on their teen’s driving behavior.

We’ve analyzed the data and determined a list of vehicles that have the best combination of overall quality, high safety ratings, and countless accident-avoidance technologies across seven price brackets. The more money you spend, the most safety features are available. Some of the more expensive vehicles on this list have the space and features to keep your whole family comfortable and safe.

If Teen Driver Safety Week has you thinking about safe driving, our Best Cars for Teens list highlights the best vehicles to help your teen stay safe on the road. 

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