Consumers Reports Released List Of 10 Best Cars For Teen Drivers

Consumers Reports Released List Of 10 Best Cars For Teen Drivers

Just like the title says, the venerable magazine Consumers Reports has released its list of cars suitable for teen drivers, and absolutely none of them will make the budding enthusiast glow with delight.

Of course, Consumers Reports is primarly concerned with safety when it comes to cars for first time drivers, so their choices are swayed by features like Electronic Stability Control, curtain airbags and the like.  The choices are split between pedestrian fare like the Toyota Camry and Saturn Aura, and older luxury cars like the Acura RL or the BMW 3 and 5 Series. As the magazine astutely points out, older luxury cars will be a little nicer and come with a wide array of safety gear, but repairs will certainly be costly.

Hit the jump to see the full list of Consumers Reports’ Top 10 Cars For Teen Drivers

[Source: Consumers Reports]

2000-2003 Acura RL $6,000-$9,900
2000-2003 BMW 323i/325i $6,600-$9,450
2000-2003 BMW 528i/525i $6,100-$8,400
2006 Hyundai Sonata $8,450-$10,000
2007 Kia Rondo (5-pass. version) $10,000
2002 Lexus ES 300 $9,600
2005 Saab 9-3 Linear $9,150
2008 Saturn Aura XE $12,825

Cars below came with Electronic Stability Control as an option

2002-2004 Toyota Camry $8,250-$10,900
2006.5-2007 Kia Optima EX $7,500-$9,850
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit $12,000
2006 Hyundai Sonata $8,450-$10,000
  • Chad

    Back when I was a teenager, I would have killed someone to own a BMW.

  • Amslaw2010

    Correcton to above information: Electronic stability control (ESC) is standard on the Acura RL since 2000 and is standard, not optional, on the 2006 Hyundai Sonata.