Top IIHS Top Safety Pick for Small Cars 2014

2014 Honda Odyssey Action Shot_Small Overlap Crash TestThat dreaded time has come in your life when your teenager is ready to drive. If you are like most parents chances are you are a bit nervous to let go of the keys and let them loose. I know that even I as the new driver was a bit nervous my first few times driving on my own. This article is designed to help you find a great car for your new driver.

According to Consumer Reports when looking for a car for your new driver you should consider safety and reliability. This is especially important because they don’t have much experience and you want to make sure the car won’t give them unnecessary problems. You may want to look at vehicles that have advanced safety features such as electronic stability control, good airbags, and a vehicle that has rated high in crash tests. Speaking of crash tests, cars that are bigger and heavier tend to fair better in these tests. Keep in mind however that you probably don’t want too big of a car for your new driver because they are harder to handle, have poor fuel economy and have more room for more passengers which means more possible distractions. Some cars that Consumer Reports specifically recommended include Chevy Malibu, Ford Focus, Honda Accord, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Soul, Nissan Altima, Subaru Forester, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla, or a Volkswagen Jetta. These are all good cars that are also reasonably priced. These suggestions are based off of subscriber surveys. However one car that wasn’t mentioned as being a great option is a Mazda. In fact the Mazda 3 both sedan and hatchback were a top IIHS safety pick for the small car category. There are lots of great Mazda dealers if this peaks your interest. A top safety pick shouldn’t be casually overlooked.

They also mentioned, that newer models tend to have better safety features than older cars. Since it is a car for a first time teenage driver chances are you are not wanting to spend a lot, however, keep in mind that you get what you pay for. A great option is to buy the newest model of a reliable car that has good safety features that is in your budget. Further in my research it was noted that you should never buy a car without anti-lock brakes. Even if it costs more, in the emergency when you need them most, you’ll be glad to know the car has them and your teenager is better protected. You’d be amazed at the advances in crash protection that have come about even in the last 5 years. I personally had a brand new car when I started driving and it made a huge difference because I didn’t have to worry about things going mechanically wrong with the car. I could focus on the road and driving safely. It was a Volkswagen Passat and was great for what I needed as a new driver. You don’t have to break the bank to get a good reliable car for your new driver. Going back to the top safety rated Mazda 3 is a great affordable option. Check one out today! 

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