It’s back to school season, which means that parents and students alike are struggling to get everything they need for classes, and to get prepared for the months ahead. But what about students who are starting to drive? What is the best car for teen drivers? And is it affordable?
What is the best car for teen drivers?
There is no single car that is the best for teen drivers (as much as we would love to say that it’s a specific Kia all the way!). However, many new Kia vehicles can offer all the features that worried parents and excited teens are looking for in a first vehicle.
In previous years, the thought was that a young driver should get an affordable beater car that could survive anything. In this day and age, with all the driver-assistance options that are available on the road, parents may want to re-think that reasoning and go for a newer vehicle that offers more peace of mind. Here are some things to look for when finding a car for your new driver.
Things to Think About When Shopping for a First Car
- Affordability – It can be tempting to get a flashy first car, like the Kia Stinger muscle car, but really something that fits in the budget is best.
- Safety Features – Advanced safety features, and great safety ratings, can help keep another eye on the road while new drivers are learning the ropes. They also can mean better surviveability in the event of an accident.
- Satisfying Dimensions – You want a vehicle that is just right, not too big and not too small. Too large of a vehicle can be difficult to maneuver and park, but too small and it means you can’t get all your stuff to the college dorm in the first trip.
- Technology – This may be more exciting for students than parents, but having the latest connectivity technology can mean more fun on a long drive or commute, while also keeping eyes on the road.
2018 Kia Sportage Named One of the Best Cars for Teens
All of these factors are important to consider when shopping for a first car or a learning car, but what are some vehicles that hit all the right notes? The 2018 Kia Sportage offers attractive crossover dimensions and comes loaded with safety features. This model actually was named the Best New SUV for Teens in the $25,000 to $30,000 range. Other attractive Kia models for teens and families include the all-new 2019 Kia Forte and the 2018 Kia Soul.