There is so much to consider when you are a new driver. How do you get your brain to quickly shift from the gas pedal to the brake pedal and back? What if it rains and you have to remember where the windshield wipers are located and not switch on the right turn signal by mistake? It’s a lot. We know. Choosing the right car can be even more stressful. To not add more pressure to the nervousness you may be feeling, we have compiled a list of the best cars to buy for first-time drivers. These cars are based on fuel economy, safety & reliability, and price (less than $20,000).
The Honda Civic is a very well-rounded car, not to mention…quite attractive. The new purchase price on one of these bad boys is pretty affordable. If you’re getting it used, it holds its value. This car is one of the more reliable ones out there and the parts are so readily available that most repairs will be easy. As a bonus, insurance is cheaper when it comes to having one on your policy.
The Hyundai Elantra is known for its 5-star crash-test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It has a comprehensive Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system and six airbags. This roomy and sleek car has a good warranty and a whole bunch of tech upgrades in their standard model alone.
3. Toyota Prius
One of the Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is the Toyota Prius. With its four braking systems, vehicle stability control, and brake assist, it’s easy to see why so many of these cars are on the road. To make it even more attractive, the Prius is eco-friendly and fuel-efficient.
4. Honda Accord
Honda Accords have one of the lowest insurance premiums among cars. Its standard safety features like anti-lock brakes and stability control make it very appealing to insurance companies. What’s more? Being a mid-size car gives it an extra measure of safety if it is ever in an accident.
5. Scion xB
With lots of leg room and cargo space, the Scion xB is a practical car. The price is low, it’s reliable, and you have options to customize it to your personality. The Scion’s hip-looking exterior makes it very attractive to teens. Furthermore, the overall safety rating of this vehicle is so good that insurance companies charge a lower premium.
6. Subaru Forester
SUVs are usually not recommended for new drivers. But the Subaru Forester is a crossover and has optimal traction on wet or snowy roads. With its big cargo space and fewer blind spots, it has better all-around visibility than most cars. Insurance companies give owners a break in premiums because they are safe and reliable.