The risk of car crashes is higher among teens between the ages of 16 and 19 than in any other age group, says the Centers for Disease Control. Knowing that, Consumer Reports set out to identify the best new cars for teens. And while treating your teen to a brand new vehicle might not be at the top of your to-do list, David Harkey, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), says, “Teenagers are among the riskiest drivers, so it’s important not to skimp on safety. Spending a bit more for state of the art crash protection and crash avoidance features is a worthy investment in your child’s future.”
Why these new cars landed on Consumer Reports’ list
Consumer Reports didn’t pick these cars at random. Instead, each vehicle had to meet its rigorous requirements for reliability, safety, and performance to be included. Each also had to come standard with sought after safety features like forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
Those aren’t the only requirements these new cars had to meet either. These new cars also had to earn a four or five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and be recognized as a Top Safety Pick or a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.
2020 Honda Insight
Standard with the Honda Sensing suite of intelligent safety and driver-assistive technologies, it’s no wonder the 2020 Honda Insight was deemed a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS. Add in features like available HondaLink subscription services, and this hybrid aims to please in far more ways than one.
Available as a sedan or hatchback, there are a few reasons Consumer Reports included the 2020 Mazda3 in its selection of best new cars for teens. Not only was this year’s model recognized as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS, but it also earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. And if that isn’t enough to seal the deal? The 2020 Mazda3 can also be equipped with Wi-Fi, providing your teen with access to automatic 911 dialing and roadside assistance.
2020 Toyota Corolla (XLE/XSE sedan + Advanced Lighting; XSE hatchback + Preferred package)
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The Toyota Corolla has long been recognized as one of the best new cars for teens. Recognized by the IIHS as a Top Safety Pick, and has earned a five-star overall safety rating, its reputation should be no surprise. Not to mention, this year’s model comes standard with ToyotaCare, which includes unlimited roadside assistance for two years.
2020 Subaru Legacy
Subaru is no stranger to sought after safety features. That’s why the 2020 Subaru Legacy comes standard with all-wheel drive and EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. It’s available with a DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System too. And when it comes to safety ratings? This year’s model earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA, and according to the IIHS, is a Top Safety Pick+.
2020 Honda Accord
Driving a Honda Accord may not sound like the most exciting prospect for your teen. But when it comes to new cars for teens, this Honda makes for a great pick. Much like the Insight, the 2020 Honda Accord comes standard with Honda Sensing. Its also been recognized by the IIHS as a Top Safety Pick and earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA.
The Mazda3 isn’t the only Mazda Consumer Reports included in its list of best new cars for teens. The 2020 Mazda6 also makes for a formidable option and is standard with i-Activsense. The IIHS also recognized it as a Top Safety Pick+. And the NHTSA? It gave the Mazda6 a five-star overall safety rating.
2020 Nissan Altima
Also included on Consumer Reports’ list of the best new cars for teens? The 2020 Nissan Altima. Available with all-wheel drive and standard with a long list of safety features, this year’s Altima can also be had with an Intelligent Around View Monitor. This sedan has also earned a five-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA and is an IIHS Top Safety Pick.
How to choose the best new car for your teen driver
Your teen’s safety is of the utmost importance, especially when putting them behind the wheel. That’s why, when it comes to choosing the best new car for your teen driver, you should always consider its overall safety features and scores.