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July 29, 2009

Safe & Stylish Cars for Teens

Ford fusion 08 If the back to school list this year includes a car, you will want to know which vehicles are recommended for young novice drivers. Because new drivers are still developing good, defensive driving skills and learning how to handle a vehicle, they are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations or hazardous conditions. The safety and reliability of the car driven may be the difference in saving their life.

Each of the selected models, recommended by CarMax and Driver's Edge, scored at least a four-star rating from NHTSA for both frontal and side impact protection in each of the last three years (besides the completely redesigned Chevy Malibu, which has only been available since the 2008 model year). Each car is affordable, especially in the used car market, and offers an array of active safety features as either standard or optional equipment. Cost, reliability and vehicle styling have been considered, but safety considerations weighed more heavily in determining the cars to recommend.

  • Chevy Malibu
  • Dodge Caliber
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Nissan Altima  
  • Pontiac G6  
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Volkswagen Jetta

For young drivers who deserve a brand new ride, the 2010 Ford Focus will come standard with MyKey technology, which allows owners to program a key that can limit the vehicle's top speed and audio volume. MyKey also encourages safety-belt usage by muting the audio system until front occupants buckle up, just the perfect way to get a teenager's attention.

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