Probably you’ve fretted over it or joked about it, but now the moment is at hand; your junior is learning how to drive, to roll to full speed on the tarmac road.
I bet, if you are a caring parent, many questions will linger in your mind. Will she obey your instructions? Will he exercise road safety measures? Or will they tune you out and drive around the city with a carload of pals? One concern is apparent: There’s no question that how you drive is more important to safety than what you drive. Choosing a car with features such as electronic stability control, mandatory air-bags, and stellar crash performance can boost a new driver’s odds of survival in case of an accident.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the best cars in the market that novices can purchase to start them off.
Subaru Impreza 2.5i
This is the best the first-ever small car that is equipped with optional electronic stability control. It is a four-wheel drive car and the features make it secure and safe in rain or snow.
In addition, the car has a base engine of 170 horsepower, 2.5 liters four-cylinder. With fuel economy of 20/27 mpg city/highway the vehicle comes with a base price of $17,640.
Either a sedan or a coupe, the Civic combines a spacious interior and silky four-cylinder engine with top mileage and legendary resale value. Its safety features include everything from anti-lock brakes and curtain airbags to whiplash-protection headrests. Optionally, its electronic stability control is only accessible on sporty Civic Si model. A Civic hybrid version is pricey starting at $23,235, but boosts mileage to 40/45 mpg. The car comes with a base engine of 140 horsepower, 1.8 liter four-cylinder. The wide sporty wheels stabilize the vehicle hence maintaining balance on rainy and rough roads.
Toyota has been offering more affordable Prius, the car has got fewer standard features like power steering which makes easy to control the car while on motion, the wheels are designed to stabilize the car, and other features include airbags, anti-lock brakes and safety belts which are essential for drivers.
This type of a car is actually the safer, especially, for new drivers because of its body structures. Mazda 3 comes with five-door for hatchback versions. Also, the car is equipped with confident steering and anti-lock brakes with a panic breaking characteristic. Considerably, Mazda 3 has a base engine of 148 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the EPA fuel economy of 24/32 mpg city/highway, and its base price runs up to: $13,895.
Lastly, the latest generation of Honda Accord, 2008, is rapidly growing in favor because of its huge roster of safety features. These include the standard electronic stability control that makes it a top safety pick of IISH, it’s a four cylinder model which is more safer for young and new drivers. What is more, its price is thousands less than the V-6 and delivers 31 highway mpg.