2019 Best New and Used Cars for Teens

2020 Kia Soul
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2020 Kia Soul | Best New SUV for Teens $25k to $30k

Kia redesigned the Soul for 2020, and the new model debuts near the top of the competitive subcompact SUV segment. Among the Soul’s many strong suits are good gas mileage and above-average cargo space.

The Soul also offers an abundance of safety features. It comes standard with a rearview camera. Blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and rear cross-traffic alert are all standard on the Soul S model, which costs around $20,000.

The top-of-the-line GT-Line Turbo pushes the price above $25,000 but adds pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. It also adds a more powerful engine, so make sure you’re comfortable giving your teen that extra power.

Parents can keep an eye on their teen with Kia’s UVO technology, which can send alerts to your phone if they pass speed limits, geographic boundaries, or curfews you set.

Should an accident occur, rest assured the Soul has received the highest rating of Good in all six of its IIHS crash tests. It has also earned a Top Safety Pick+ designation. 

The Soul should be at the top of your list if you want to buy a safe and dependable SUV for your teenage driver. If you do decide to choose the Soul, check out our Kia deals page for the best financing and lease deals. Make sure you also use the U.S. News Best Price Program to find the Kia dealership in your area with the best price.

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