Best cars for new drivers
It’s getting dangerously close to the time of year that sends shivers down the spines of children everywhere. With many schools in our area officially opening in matter of weeks, it will be time to start shopping for all of the standard supplies, pens, notebooks, folders and, maybe a new car? If you like many of the parents of newly minted drivers around here, that last one may have been showing up on a lot of lists lately. If you are sitting on a powder keg of teenage automotive angst, Mike Castrucci of Alexandria has found some good examples of the best cars for a new driver.
When choosing among appropriate cars for a new driver, there are three major factors that you need to pay attention to breaking down your choices, safety, affordability and fuel-economy. Safety can be looked at in two ways. First, there are active systems like seatbelts and air bags. Then there are things like crash ratings to look at as a subset of active safety systems. Second, is the car itself. Any safety expert worth listening to will advise you against getting a brand new driver a high performance vehicle. The temptation and risk for a series of catastrophes is just too great. And of course fuel-economy is important because the incessant requests for gas money are too much to bear.
The first example we have of the best cars for a teenager is the Ford Fiesta. This subcompact car offers some of the highest crash test ratings in its class from the big two names in the game, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The new 2014 Ford Fiesta in Cincinnati, available at Mike Castrucci of Alexandria has base starting price of under $15,000. And as far as fuel-economy goes, there are few cars that can match the Ford Fiesta.
There is another school of thought on the best cars for a new driver that says larger cars should be the primary consideration due to their inherent increased crash protection. If that thought gives you a bit more peace of mind, we would like to offer the 2014 Ford Focus near Cincinnati for your consideration. Like its smaller cousin, the new Ford Focus has some of the highest crash ratings from the NHTSA and the IIHS. Fuel-economy is also one of the strongest parts of the Focus’ game, with the ability to easily break 30 mpg. The 2014 Focus also can be ordered with the Ford MyKey system that allows parents to program warnings and limits on the car to remind new drivers to stay safe on the road.
If you would like to learn more about either of these vehicles and how they may be the best cars for a new driver, contact a Mike Castrucci of Alexandria sales professional today and schedule a test drive.