It’s only natural for parents to want their teen drivers to have the safest vehicles available as they learn to become responsible drivers. Technology has allowed automakers to build vehicles that are safer than ever, and some go the extra mile in providing special features to help keep inexperienced drivers safe.
Those efforts are needed. Teens get into traffic accidents at a much higher rate than many of their older counterparts, resulting in property damage and sometimes tragic results.
Parents searching for a safe new vehicle for their teen drivers should consider these vehicles, which combine practical safety features such as size, airbags, and structural design with technological features:
- 2017 Toyota Corolla – The Toyota Corolla is a great compact for teens. It’s inexpensive and has lots of great standard safety features. Base level Corollas come equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes features such as autonomous forward automatic braking with forward collision warning, a rearview camera, and lane-keeping assistance. The vehicle also gets top crash safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- 2017 Chevy Cruze – The Chevy Cruze gets excellent crash test ratings and offers a feature that parents of new drivers will love—a system that allows them to track their child’s location and control some aspects of vehicle operations. The Cruze gets a perfect five-star overall rating from the NHTSA. The Cruze also comes standard with Chevy’s Teen Driver system, which allows parents to set speed restrictions, disable the radio until all passengers are buckled up, and set up an geo-fencing option that will send them alerts if the vehicle leaves a specified geographical area.
- 2017 Ford Edge – If you want your teen in a tank, the Ford Edge is a large SUV that will do the job. The Edge is one of U.S. News and World Report’s top-ranked SUVs. The vehicle offers plenty of space, a strong body, and great safety tech. The Edge’s high seat gives your teen plenty of visibility on the road, and its size will help protect the driver and passengers in the event of an accident. A rearview camera comes standard, and consumers can opt for other safety features, including a 180-degree front camera system, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and forward collision warnings with brake support.
- 2017 Chevy Malibu – The new Malibu is one of the most popular mid-size vehicles on the market and makes a great starter car for teens. The Malibu has a great record for reliability, so parents can trust that it won’t leave their teens in the lurch. The Malibu also has an optional Teen Driver system.
- 2017 Kia Sorento – Another tank for parents who want their teens wrapped in a sizable blanket of steel and aluminum, the Sorento provides great crash protection. The Sorento recently earned Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. This means the Sorento is one of the safest vehicles on the road.
For parents searching for new or used cars in Bloomington for their teens, Community Cars offers a wide selection of automobiles from a variety of dealers. Trained sales staff can help guide parents to a safe and affordable starter vehicle for their teens. Visit today to help your child get off to a safe start driving.