2016 Best Cars for Teens

2016 Chevrolet Sonic
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2016 Chevrolet Sonic: Best Car for Teens Under $20K

Subcompact cars are easy on your bank account, but you’ll typically sacrifice some safety technologies that could help your teen avoid an accident. The Chevy Sonic, however, is available with forward collision warning and lane departure warning, both of which are rare for the class. A rearview camera is also optional.

If you opt for all these features, the Sonic will cost you only around $18,000, which could allow you to put away some more money for the college fund.

Small, light cars like the Sonic provide less protection in crashes than larger, heavier vehicles, but the Sonic’s excellent crash test scores should give you some peace of mind. It received the best rating of Good in all five Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) evaluations, and a perfect five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

On the road, the Sonic’s 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine provides sufficient power. Handling through turns is stable and poised, which will give your young driver some confidence behind the wheel. It’ll also be easy for them to find a comfortable driving position thanks to the tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a feature that’s often not available in this class. All the dashboard controls are easy to use and the available MyLink infotainment system operates intuitively and responsively, which helps minimize distractions for the driver.

If you’re interested in buying a Sonic, use our Best Price Program to find the dealer near you with the lowest price. Also, check out the Chevy deals page for all the best financing and lease offers this month. 

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