This month my husband’s truck started having more issues. It had 163,000 miles on it and was starting to go down hill. He loved his truck and had added many upgrades to keep himself from being tempted to purchase a new vehicle since his truck was paid for. After this last break down, we decided that it would be best to find another vehicle rather than to keep putting more and more money into his truck so we sold his truck. After the truck was sold, we knew that we needed to find another vehicle that would be a “smart” purchase. Our son is 13 and we looked at several cars that would be good for him once he hit driving age. We test drove tons of cars, but we decided that my husband just wouldn’t be happy driving one of those cars until Travis was old enough to drive so we switched gears and started looking for a low mileage, used vehicle that would “fit” my husband.
Travis would like to have this car, but I don’t think so.
Is it time for you to shop for a car for your teenager? Here’s a list of 5 Most Reliable Cars for Teens that I found online. When buying a car for your teenager, you want something reliable. Nobody wants their kid’s car breaking down on the side of the road, especially if they’re unprepared. Just about every survey researched for this article revealed that the most reliable cars come from Japanese companies. Perhaps Toyota in particular has felt extra pressure in recent years to create particularly safe and reliable cars. Here you’ll find five of the top cars from these surveys.
1. Toyota Prius
Famous for being the first popular environmentally friendly car, the Prius gives you a great reliable option when buying a car for your new driver. The Prius has been going strong for the past 15 years since it was released, having been sold to 3 million people worldwide. The technology on a new Prius offers top of the line mechanics and Toyota transmissions to make sure you have a reliable ride with a regular service. Plus, it’s nice to know you’re driving a reliable car and helping save the planet at the same time, with its 50 mpg fuel-efficiency. The Prius starts at around $24,000.
2. Scion XB
Not a Toyota, but still produced by the same firm, the Scion first came on the market in 2003. They designed the Scion specifically for the United States, pioneering the trend for box-like cars (like the Ford Flex, Honda Element, and Kia Ray). In the latest version, you’ll find a 2.4 liter 158 horsepower engine with a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 28 mpg when highway driving. It’s known as one of the safest vehicles under $25,000. And prices start nowhere near there, with the most basic models costing just $17,555.
3. Hyundai Sonata
Moving away from Japan, but not too far, next up comes the Korean-made Hyundai Sonata. This awesome four-door sedan comes with the option of either a 198 horsepower 2.4 liter GDI engine, or a 274 horsepower 2.0 liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine. If you’re looking for a new car vs. a used one, you should check out the Sonata as the latest model got chosen for a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute with the title Highway Safety. It’s also one of only six cars to get a five-star safety rating. Prices starting at $21,195.
4. Toyota Rav4
Back to the reliable Toyota, we have the Rav4. The Rav4 has for a long time been renowned as one of the world’s most reliable cars, ever since it was made in 1994. The Rav4’s design gives you all the features of a normal SUV while still having a decent fuel economy and amazing handling; it turns with the ease of a compact car. The newest generation of the car comes with the option of a 2.0 or 2.5 liter petrol and 2.0 or 2.2 liter turbodiesel engines. Prices for this car starting at $23,300.
5. Mazda MX-5 Miata
Want your kid to drive a compact car but still feel cool doing it? Check out the Mazda MX-5 Miata, a sporty looking car with the same reliability as the rest of the cars on here. Back to Japan, the MX-5 only seats two, so you don’t have to worry about too many friends distracting your teen while driving. Coming with a 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine providing 167 horsepower, this car can go 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. And it won’t burn a hole in your wallet. You’ll find the starting prices for this car around $23,720.
Now you’ve got a great list of choices for a reliable car for your teen. Happy car hunting, I would advise going to the lot to test drive a few of these cars before involving your teen. My son got SUPER excited when we were looking and you don’t want that to affect your buying decisions.