Great Resources for Finding the Best Car for Teen Drivers

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Great Resources for Finding the Best Car for Teen Drivers

My oldest son did not begin driving at age 16 like the typical American high school teenager. My husband and I decided that all of our children should wait until their sophomore year of college to drive since they would be older and (hopefully) wiser and more mentally prepared to take on such a huge responsibility. The time has now come for my son, and he is willing, ready, and able to accept things like driving safetycar insurance, car care, and everything else that comes with owning his own car.

Best Car for Teen Drivers

Great Resources for Finding the Best Car for Teen Drivers

Best Car for Teen Drivers

At the beginning of the semester, we advised him that if he kept good grades throughout his freshman year, we would buy the car for him. Not only did he meet his end of the expectation, he exceeded it – even earning a place on the University’s Dean’s List in spite of battling a sudden and severe illness.

Hubby and I will be taking the summer months to search for a new car for our teen son. It is going to be a challenge for us! Since we both own older vehicles, we do not know where to start. A lot has changed through the years, and there are so many options and features that cars come equipped with nowadays. We both agree that we want to find the best car for our teen driver.
Best Car for Teen Drivers
Great Resources for Finding the Best Car for Teen Drivers
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There are so many resources out there these days on what to look out for during a test drive. However, one of the very best resources that I have found if the annual Autotrader Must Test Drive Awards. It’s a unique consumer-focused program that shares the top vehicles car shoppers should test drive before they make the commitment to buy.
Reviewing Autotrader’s list of 10 must test drive cars for 2016 was extremely helpful to my husband and I. It took a ton of guess work out of our new car search by showcasing only the cars that offer good value, boasting excellent equipment and good quality for their price. Two of the cars on this year’s Must Test Drive list that we definitely feel would be a good fit for our son are the Honda Civic and the Toyota Prius. We were relieved to know that our son agreed as well! We will be scheduling time for him to test drive both vehicles during the summer months.
Best Car for Teen Drivers

Great Resources for Finding the Best Car for Teen Drivers
2016 Honda Civic

Best Car for Teen Drivers

Great Resources for Finding the Best Car for Teen Drivers Toyota Prius
2016 Toyota Prius

Best Car for Teen Drivers

As I stated earlier, it’s been well over a decade since my husband or I have done a test drive for any vehicle. So I was glad to see that Autotrader also has tips and tricks for getting the most out of each and every test drive. These hacks are perfect, especially since technically all three of us are first-timers! 🙂

Best Car for Teen Drivers

best car for teen drivers

Best Car for Teen Drivers

There is no doubt that releasing my baby boy onto the highways and bi-ways is VERY hard! As a mom, I feel that it is my job to ensure that he’s in the very best vehicle for his needs while he is out there. Thanks to Autotrader Must Test Drive awards and list, I can breathe a little easier when my husband and I make the final purchase.
Best Car for Teen Drivers

best car for teen drivers
best car for teen driversFor more information about the Must Test Drive Awards, visit the Autotrader website. You can also connect with Autotrader on Facebook and Twitter.

best car for teen drivers

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11 Comments

  • Both my kids drive. There are so many things to take into account regarding cars and insurance. Thanks for sharing these great tips. Very important.

  • My step daughter will start driving in less than a week. We are so nervous and it has been stressful for all of us. She isn’t getting a new car though.

  • This entire post gives me flash backs to when I found out I was having a boy. I was literally still at the doctor’s office in the bathroom and all of a sudden I thought…. “He will drive one day!” And I panicked!

  • This is really good info for someone who has a teen driver coming up to that age, love that there is a lot of info out there to help during this stage!

  • This is very informative. Our teen is 15, so he still has his learners permit. But in just 8 short months, we will be lookign for his first car as well. Thanks for sharing

  • My son began driving later than most, too. He didn’t get his license until he was 18. We checked out the list of best cars for teen drivers when car shopping for him.

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