Roundup of Best First Cars for Your Teen


One of the most exciting times in a teenager’s life is learning to drive. Most teenagers cannot wait to get their license and drive to school. Driving does come with a hefty price tag however. Teens are wanting their own flashy cars, for their birthday or Christmas. Parents usually struggle on what car to get for their child’s “first”. I have rounded up a list of the top five cars that are suitable “first” cars for your newly driving teen. 

  1. 2017 Toyota RAV4: The RAV4 offers a range of advanced safety technology. The SE model offers the most safety features, which includes LED headlights, fog lights, lane-departure warning, lane assist, cruise control, and automatic high beams.
  2.  2019 Mazda3: The Mazda3 has outboard mirrors with integrated turn signals, cruise control, eight airbags, land-departure and lane-keeping assist, and driver-attention alert, making it one of the best in advanced safety technology.
  3.  2011 Toyota Avalon: The Avalon is fuel-efficient with a V6 engine, and plenty of room to haul everyone. It earned a “Top Safety Pick”, and it comes with a wide range of safety features.
  4. 2018 Kia Soul: The Soul has five doors with a cool mix of value and style to make it perfect for any age. It earned a “Top Safety Pick”, and it includes optional blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, and rear cross-traffic alerts.
  5. 2019 Chevrolet Equinox: The Equinox comes standard with Teen Driver Technology- it offers forward-collision warning with emergency braking, lane-departure warning, and automatic high beams. There are also custom and convenience packages that can be added for blind-spot monitoring and rear traffic alerts, along with heated front seats and heated mirrors.

  I hope this helps ease some of the stress of trying to find a good first car for your teen. Any of these recommendations would keep your teen traveling to school and home safely and in style!