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The Best Cars for New Drivers That Put Safety and Economy First

Posted by Pekin Insurance on May 09, 2016

Put your worried mind at ease with these 5 best cars for new drivers.

best-cars-for-new-drivers.jpgLong gone are the days of simple choices in a car. There are more cars than ever on the market, and the best cars for new drivers can be efficient city cars or models with every imaginable safety feature. 

Ideal cars offer both safety and economy. This list is centered on those two factors. Most of these cars are under $20,000, and all of them get high safety ratings from either the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

These brand new models are among the best cars for new drivers, but you can look for used models, too. There are advantages to both. Many "newer" used cars have similar safety features and may cost substantially less while new cars typically have better warranties and financing. 

No matter what car you decide on, keep these considerations in mind:

A manual transmission will take some getting used to, but it limits opportunities for distracted driving. You can't very easily text and shift gears at the same time! Manual transmissions also usually get better gas mileage than automatics. 

Automotive marketing highlights the horsepower in cars. The more horsepower you have, the faster you can go. For experienced drivers, that can come in handy in some situations. New drivers won't need the same power, though. It's far too easy to make mistakes when you're driving, and higher speeds result in more serious accidents

The 5 best cars for new drivers

Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is an ideal city car as it's small enough to park in tight spots. The Fit gets approximately 30 MPG in the city, and a manual transmission is standard on some models. It also has a 5-star overall safety rating, and the base model is under $16,000. 

Ford Fiesta

The new Ford Fiesta is a sharp looking car, and the starting price is unbeatable at just over $14,000. The Fiesta gets a city/highway combined 31 MPG with both the manual and automatic transmissions. One nice feature is the voice-controlled audio system, which will help keep your eyes on the road. The NHTSA gives the Fiesta a 4-star overall safety rating. 

Honda Civic

The Honda Civic may be one of the most long-term reliable cars on the road. It is also loaded with standard and available safety features. Daytime running lights, tire pressure monitoring, and a rear view camera come with every new Civic. The starting price is just over $18,000.

Optional safety features include a road departure mitigation system, lane departure warning, and a forward collision warning. The Civic averages a stellar 42 MPG on the highway, and the NHTSA gives it a 5-star overall safety rating. 

Volkswagen Golf

The VW Golf is a sporty car. It's peppy and fun to drive. The suggested retail price is just over the $20,000 mark, making the Golf the most expensive car on this list, but it's also one that appeals to buyers who may share a family vehicle. 

The Golf averages 25 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway and has a 5-star overall safety rating. Safety features include a blind spot monitor, a rear traffic alert, and lane-assist technology. 

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla is, like the Honda, one of the most long-term reliable cars around. It is also very affordable, with a starting price under $17,000. 

The Corolla comes with the standard safety features you would expect on any new car and earned a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. 

Finding the right car is important, but you need to find the right insurance, too. At Pekin Insurance, we take special care to provide families and individuals with affordable car insurance and quality coverage. Play it safe and contact us for more information.  

What cars would you add to this list of best cars for new drivers? Let us know in the comments. 


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