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A good time to remind both teens and their parents to review what it means to be safe and responsible behind the wheel. Learning isn't over just because a teen passes a driver's test. Continue to review with your teen the importance of distraction-free driving, how fatigue and impairment affect abilities, defensive-driving techniques and other crucial topics.

The Auto Club's Automotive Research Center (ARC) just released its 2014 list of Best Cars for Teens, a tool to help guide parents in the decision-making process when buying or leasing a car for their teen driver or determining which existing family car to let the teen use.

In general, ARC recommends a midsize car with a four-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission and high crash-test scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). A midsize car is big enough to protect occupants in a crash but small enough for a novice driver to handle easily. The four-cylinder engine limits the car's ability to accelerate and it's hoped, the teen's desire to show off. Automatic transmissions are easier to drive and allow a novice to focus on steering, proper speed and braking. The crash test scores were taken from NHTSA's website:, we selected only vehicles that scored the maximum 5 stars overall.

We would be remiss if we did not also point out getting right insurance coverage for your teen.  Call us before your teen gets their learners permit - we'll be happy to help. 

Make Model MSRP         


  Chevrolet        Sonic 5      $15,595

Hyundai                        Elantra                          $18,101

           Toyota                           Corolla                          $18,195
   Dodge                           Dart                               $18,240

Chevrolet                      Cruze                            $18,345

Mazda                           3 (5-door)                      $19,740

Subaru                          Legacy                          $21,090

Kia                                Optima                           $22,300

Ford                              Fusion                           $22,795
Nissan                           Altima                           $22,980
Volkswagon                   Passat                          $23,065

Chevrolet                       Mailbu                           $23,165

Toyota                           Camry                            $23,235

Mazda                           6                                    $23,490

Honda                           Accord                           $23,545

Hyundai                        Sonata Hybrid                $26,810

Ford                              Fusion Hybrid                $27,095                               

Honda                           Accord Hybrid                $29,945

Buick                            LaCrosse e-Assist          $34,460

Ford                              Fusion Energi                 $35,525

Lincoln                          MKZ                               $36,085

Lincoln                          MKZ Hybrid                    $36,085

Toyota                           Avalon Hybrid                $36,615            

Lexus                            300h                              $40,410                

Audi                              A6                                  $44,345

Audi                              A6 Quattro                     $46,095

BMW                            528i                                $50,425

BMW                            528i xDrive                    $52,725




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