Top 10 cars for teens

Commentary by Jakob S. Miller
Times-News correspondent
teens20s@thetimesnews.com

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Each vehicle I researched on Edmunds.com met the following criteria: 5-star safety rating, under 170 horsepower and starting at or under $20,000. Be aware that miles-per-gallon (MPG) and price may vary. Maybe your first car is on this list:

1. Scion iA
MPG: (31 city/41 highway)
Starting Price: $17,595
The Scion iA takes the cake due to its no-nonsense approach to car buying. You get much more car for your money.

2. Honda Fit
MPG: (29 city/37 highway)
Starting Price: $15,890
The Honda Fit of today is the Honda Civic of yesterday, which is why it ultimately beat out the new Civic for the No. 2 spot on this list. Its hatchback styling fits the dreaded dorm room move easier than most. Get it? Fits?

3. Mazda 3
MPG: (29 city/41 highway)
Starting Price: $17,845
Mazda hit the ball out of the park with the Mazda 3 this generation. This compact offers one of the sportiest cars in its class, yet still has well above average fuel economy.

4. Subaru Impreza
MPG: (25 city/34 highway)
Starting Price: $18,295
Subaru offers the only all-wheel-drive compact featured on this list, making it the most usable under harsher weather conditions. The Impreza also offers good fuel economy.

5. Toyota Corolla
MPG: (28 city/37 highway)
Starting Price: $17,230
An all-time fan favorite for young drivers, the Toyota Corolla has a reputation of quality for a reason. Teens can expect to have a hard time getting rid of these in the years to come.

6. VW Jetta
MPG: (28 city/39 highway)
Starting Price: $17,680
The 2016 Volkswagen Jetta offers some of the best fuel economy and amount of space at its affordable price range.

7. Kia Forte
MPG: (25 city/37 highway)
Starting Price: $15,990
The Kia Forte is an excellent choice as a first car, bringing an exceptional value to the table. The Forte is available in sedan, coupe, and hatchback models, making it easy to express your personality in your car.

8. Dodge Dart
MPG: (25 city/36 highway)
Starting Price: $16,995
The Dodge Dart is the roomiest of the domestic compact cars, and arguably the sportiest looking from Detroit’s lineup of small cars.

9. Ford Focus
MPG: (26 city/36 highway)
Starting Price: $17,225
The current generation Ford Focus makes a versatile option for young drivers. Available as a hatchback, the Focus also offers the only turbocharged 3-cylinder to be featured on this list.

10. Chevrolet Cruze
MPG: (25 city/36 highway)
Starting Price: $16,120
The 2015 Chevrolet Cruze is among the safest featured on this list, built with a standard 10 airbags. It also is the most moldable to your needs, having three engine options, including a diesel version.

 Jakob S. Miller is a freshman at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

 

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