Safest Cars for Teenage Drivers
New Teen Driver? See Which are the Safest Cars
Here in Billings, Montana we get the joy of having teenage drivers starting at the age of 15. While it is every teens dream to go ripping down the streets driving a sweet Mustang, or perhaps a Corvette, parents know that a car that is going to get them from A to B safely is in their best interest. The safest cars don’t have to be the undesirable cars.
We took a look at the safest cars made in 2010 (most of us aren’t buying brand new vehicles for our teenagers!). These are the ones that you should consider buying for your teen. If they do get into an accident, these cars may end up saving their life.
Safest Cars on the Road
There are some caveats to be discussed first. In order to provide a list that is actually what a teen will end up driving, we had to exclude some very safe cars that no teen would be caught dead in. For instance, Buick’s frequently are near the top of the list. These “old people” cars aren’t exactly what teens want to be seen driving. We took some liberty to find the safest cars that teens would want to drive.
Ford Taurus – Ford has long made great small cars. The Taurus has been around for decades, and many a high school student has driven one as their first car. It’s not a small car, and not a large car, but a good mid-sized starter.
Hyundai Genesis – Hyundai is known for their safety ratings. Providing good cars, at affordable prices, that protect the occupants is one reason this company continues to thrive.
Chevy Malibu – The Chevy Malibu isn’t just a great car for the teen driver, it’s a great car for the family! It’s roomy, has plenty of storage space, and will last a long time if you take care of it.
Ford Fusion – A little smaller and a little lighter than the Taurus, the Fusion is a car for those who want to save on their gas expenditure. This little car gets an estimated 31 to the gallon on the highway.
Subaru Legacy/Outback – Subarus hold their value. If you want a car that you can drive for a few years, and then sell for nearly what you paid, then this is the car for you. These little guys can also make it on snowy roads.
Safest SUV’s on the Road
Of course not everyone wants to drive a car. Sometimes, especially here in Montana, you have to drive on roads that are less than ideal. In these cases we want to have four-wheel drive. We looked at the top four or all-wheel drive vehicles from 2010.
Subaru Legacy/Outback – Subaru makes the list for two reasons. First, they are great cars, second they are great Montana cars. They do well in the summer and winter, on road and off road. Perfect for those looking to truly experience Montana (just ask everyone in Bozeman).
Chevy Equinox – Chevy makes some great vehicles. The Equinox is a good SUV for those that wish to remain safe. It has all the perks of other SUV’s, but more safety features.
Jeep Grand Cherokee – Jeep has often gotten a bad rap due to their mechanical problems. But the crash tests don’t lie. These all American rigs stand up well in the event of an accident.
Subaru Forester – A slightly larger model than the Legacy or Outback wagons, the Forester is a great car for those that want a little bit more space.
Hyundai Tucson – Taking the Hyundai quality from cars to SUV’s, the Tucson not only looks great, but it keeps the occupants safe!
When it Comes to Driving, Safety First
It might be fun to zip through the streets with a car that has way too much horsepower. But for teenagers that are just starting out driving, safety is far more important than having a sweet ride. Keeping the car a little older ensures that your insurance rates stay as low as possible. Sticking with the tried and tested brands, like those above, ensures that your child’s injuries stay as minimal as possible if a crash happens.
You want the best for your children. If something does happen, and your teenager’s car is damaged, bring it to Big Sky Collision Center! We will repair the car the right way, and make sure that all safety features are fully restored. Don’t trust your child’s well-being to just any old auto body shop; come to the best!