With the kids heading back to school, you may be thinking about putting some of your older ones on wheels. But what are the best cars for a teen driver?
Coming up with the right model can be a challenge, but there are some important factors to keep in mind, safety first and foremost. So, while your teen might have a BMW M3, Ford Mustang or Volkswagen Golf R high on their list, you're likely to look for something a bit more practical.
And affordable. You don't want to strain your household budget or stretch the thin wallet of a teen heading off to college. And affordability involves more than just the up-front price. You also have to consider fuel and insurance costs. Teens typically get socked with hefty premiums, though you can bring that down with the right car.
The good news is that it's possible to hand your teen driver keys to a car they'll enjoy—and that you can afford and feel confident in as far as safety.
Here's a list of the top 10 cars for teens, according to a new study by Cars.com. The list, which is not ranked in order of preference, factors in total cost of ownership and only includes models that have earned a top safety rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.