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Consumer Reports Names Five Best Used Cars for Teens

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The 2008-2010 model year Chevy Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda6, Ford Focus sedan, and Volkswagen Jetta are all considered ideal choices for first-time drivers.


Five Best Used Cars for Teens

The 2010 Chevy Malibu was named one of the Five Best Used Cars for Teens by Consumer Reports (Image Courtesy of Shults Resale Center)

The experts over at Consumer Reports have put together a list that may be of particular interest to those parents looking to help get their son or daughter behind the wheel of their first car. Using “traditional empirical data and their own subjective insights,” Consumer Reports came up with their list of the Five Best Used Cars for Teens.

The list offers five vehicles from the 2008-2010 model years that are seen as reliable, affordable, and offering a plethora of advanced safety features. They are all traditional cars as pickups, SUVs, and sports cars are not recommended for inexperienced drivers due to factors such as costliness, difficulty to handle, and an increased likelihood for accidents.

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According to Consumer Reports, the Five Best Used Cars for Teens are as follows:

Chevrolet Malibu (Images Courtesy of Shults Resale Center)

CN recommends the seventh-gen Malibu as a “solid car at an attractive price” that offers a good number of standard amenities and a refined ride.

Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata gets points for standard electronic stability control and curtain airbags, and the redesigned 2009 model scores points in particular for impressive fuel economy, simple controls, and a quiet ride.


Consumer Reports calls the Mazda6 “fun to drive…roomy and quiet,” lauding its nimble handling and high-quality interior.

Ford Focus (sedan)

The Focus benefits from sprightly handling, a solid ride, and a spacious interior as well as a good deal of get-up from the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The 2010 model year is of particular interest to those looking for electronic stability control.

Volkswagen Jetta

Consumer Reports loves ‘em some Jetta: the 2008-2010 Jetta is called a jewel that is “a beautifully-finished, sharp-handling premium small car.” The 2009 nine and its powerful five-cylinder engine are recommended for above-average reliability and standard ESC.

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Have any suggestions for your own five best used cars for teens? Let us know in the comments below!