So what is the top priority for selecting the best car for your teen drivers? That really depends on each family or parents. For some, price is not an issue, but we will focus on three criteria for the sake of our list: safety, reliability and cost (purchase, gas and maintenance).
However, your teenage kids probably do not want to be seen in a station wagon or cars from the 80s, so the style of the car is considered as an important factor as well.
#1 - 2006 Honda Accord (4-Cyl)
You should be able to get one right around $8,000 - $8,500.
#2 - 2006 Toyota Camry (4-Cyl)
#3 - 2006 Subaru Forester
This car is truly designed for young people as a target group with sporty rides with an excellent performance. Subaru is renowned for building rock solid cars, and this car is no exception. Since it is classified as compact SUV or sometimes wagon, it is much roomier than comparably sized sedan.
Because of its style and weight, it only gets 20/25 for city/hwy mpg. It is actually not bad at all for an SUV from 2006. The average market price is about $9,000.