Affordable and Safe Cars for First-Time Drivers



Affordable and Safe Cars for First-Time Drivers

Buying a car for the first time is a big deal, especially for young drivers. Price, performance and safety all play a big role in deciding what car to purchase. The list of vehicles below will help you find a vehicle that’s perfect for first-time drivers!

Honda Fit

With standard safety features like a collision mitigation braking system and adaptive cruise control, the Honda Fit is a great car for first-time drivers. Despite it being a subcompact hatchback, the Fit but has a generous amount of space inside (over 52 cubic feet of space). It’s fuel efficient, handles great and is very affordable, with the 2019 LX base model starting new at just $16,190.

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is easy to drive and offers a smooth ride. It comes standard with features like a touchscreen display and backup camera and offers excellent fuel economy (up to 30 city/40 highway mpg). Climate control and Bluetooth connectivity are also standard, as well as automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning that comes standard as an added benefit for first-time drivers.

Ford Fiesta

This fun hatchback has a special feature called MyKey that allows parents to control various features in the car, including limiting the maximum speed and stereo volume as well as a seatbelt reminder. Add its spacious interior, fuel-efficiency and affordable price, and the Ford Fiesta is a great car for first-time drivers.

Nissan Kicks

Nissan’s newest subcompact SUV is an ideal car for first-time drivers. Available new for around $19,000, the Nissan Kicks offers things that first-time drivers and parents alike will love, including excellent gas mileage (up to 36 mpg highway), a spacious interior and standard features that include Bluetooth® connectivity, a rearview camera and a seven-inch touchscreen.

Toyota Yaris

The Toyota Yaris is a great car for first-time drivers. This subcompact ride is offered in both sedan and hatchback versions and features an upscale cabin and fuel-efficient engine. The Yaris comes new at an affordable price (under $16,000 for a base model) and is loaded with great features, including 15-inch wheels, a low-speed pre-collision system, a remote keyless entry system, a seven-inch touchscreen, and Bluetooth®.

Kia Optima

The Kia Optima is a fun, sporty four-door sedan that offers plenty of features and eye-catching style at an affordable price. The 2019 Kia Optima model earned a 10/10 safety score from U.S. News and World Report and comes loaded with driver-friendly technology, including a backup camera, eight-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™.


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