When looking for a cool first car that still comes in under the radar of parent approval, there are a few cars that everyone will love. When deciding what to include on this list, the major requirements were reliability, cost, and fun. These cars look will good pulling up to school and also keep your parents happy. They just may keep it secret how happy they really are.
Secretly cool first cars your parents will approve of
Ford Crown Victoria
This is a V8, rear-wheel drive, body on frame workhorse that you can find at city or police auctions. The great thing is it looks like a cop car, meaning everyone will be looking at it when its driving and will even make other drivers slow down as you drive by.
Just make sure you look at the car carefully before you buy it. One thing to remember is that it has had a previous life as a cop car. Meaning there may be holes or paint variations from equipment and exterior signage. One other thing to keep in mind is that it may not have a standard backseat. Overall, one of these can be picked up for around $1,000-$2000. Search your local police department for the best price.
One may not expect to see an Infiniti on this list, however, since they can be purchased for under $5,000. The fourth Generation G37 sedan, convertible, and coupe come with a V6 engine, 328 HP. The G37 also comes in a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic, rear- or all-wheel drive. It’s safe, cost-effective, and great looking. This vehicle still has a 4.5-5 star rating even today on cars.com. The look of this vehicle is sleek, stylish, and still looks good on the road. This is a win-win for
SAAB 9-2X Aero
This was a bit of a surprise. During a time with SAAB and Subaru came together, this was one of the results. It combines SAAB Style and Subaru reliability and all for around $2,500-$3,500. It is similar to the Subaru WRX yet with SAAB style. There was a redesigned front end and interior with an STI Steering, giving it a fun drive and has more sophistication.
Honda Civic Si
A Honda is always known as a reliable car with an excellent safety rating. It also can be a fun drive with a six-speed manual transmission as your only option. The driver has to be more aware of their surroundings at all times. The 2020 Civic Si has 205 horsepower and 192 lb-ft of torque. That is more than enough to bring a smile to both your faces. All for around $25,000
How cool was your first car?
Just because a car is reliable and cost-effective doesn’t mean that it can’t also be fun to drive. Most of us remember our first car, fondly. The cars on this list will make sure your teen also thinks back with a little bit of nostalgia when they remember their first car too.