Safest Used Cars for Teen Drivers

June 29th, 2015 by

Teenage driving is a reality that leaves many parents feeling uneasy. While most teens consider getting a license a much-anticipated and basic rite of passage, for many parents, that laminated card inspires a real sense of panic.

Besides education, and devoting extra time to practice on the road, Consumer Reports suggests that parents invest in a dependable and safe used car for their teen drivers. While this might seem obvious, the number of used cars out there is astounding. Finding the right one for the right price is often overwhelming.

But the experts have done your homework for you, and have compiled a list of the ten safest and most affordable cars for teens, and you can find them among the hundreds of used cars in Lexington.

Even if their teen has practiced for hours, taken driver’s education, and is generally conscientious and confident on the road, most parents blanche at the thought of their teenager getting behind the wheel.

Unfortunately, they have good reason to feel anxious. There are just too many horror stories out there about teenage deaths related to driving. For a number of reasons, their own inexperience topping the all others, teenage drivers are almost three times more likely to get into a fatal accident compared to any other demographic of drivers.

While it’s impossible to prevent every single mishap, there are certain cars that parents should check out in order to at least arm their teenager with a safe and reliable vehicle.

According to Consumer Reports, topping that list is the four-cylinder Chevy Malibu, specifically any model manufactured between 2009 and 2012.

The 2010 model, for example, earned five out five stars in government crash tests and was rated “Good,” the highest rating given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Priced around eight thousand dollars, the Chevy Malibu is a safe sedan, low to the ground, making it less likely to be involved in a rollover accident. It’s comfortable and suitable for any teenager, no matter his or her height, thanks to the adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel.

And with three available trim levels: the LS, LT, and LTZ, you and your teen can decide which options make the most sense, though all 2010 Chevy Malibu models come standard equipped with a 2.4-liter E85-compatible four-cylinder engine, generating 169 horsepower.

The 2010 model year was the first to feature a driver power lumbar in the Malibu and also comes with safety features like stability and traction control, side-curtain airbags, and anti-lock brakes.

Bluetooth technology is available on all models, but standard only on the LTZ. Hands-free is a huge safety boost, especially for teenaged drivers, so this might be the trim level to target in your search.

With a variety of trim levels and exterior paint colors, your teenager will be excited to drive the Chevy Malibu and you can feel confident that you’ve given your teenager one of the safest used cars money can buy.