One of the hardest decisions you have to make as a parent is handing over the keys to your teenage son or daughter. You have probably put a lot of thought into it, and you already said "yes" in your mind. But what will they drive? Will he or she remember to check the rear view mirrors? Will they observe speed limits and stay safe on the road? It can be a stressful decision on so many levels, but through thick and thin we are here to help. Join us as we take a look at some of the coolest, safest and cheapest tech-filled cars you can get for your teen. From "swaggerific" sedans to hot hatchbacks, these are some of the most ideal 2017 cars for teenagers.
So, who leads the pack?
Welcome the 2017 Honda Fit. Teenagers like tagging their friends along, loads of them. Though this car is slightly smaller than the Honda Civic, it has got all the space they need for them and their friends (as well as other stuff). In addition to this, the car is fun to drive, and it has got versatile seats and lots of headroom especially at the back. It comes with a decent sound system and infotainment system. The cost is also appealing, with a starting price of $16,060. Fuel economy is 29 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.
First runners up?
The Kia Soul takes second place. Being a very stylish and flexible crossover, this boxy vehicle has earned a huge following, especially among teenagers. The tall urban boy comes with lots of options, ranging from an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen to bigger wheels. If you opt for the base model, which is also well equipped, you can zoom away at a modest $16,015. This Korean beauty will give you an impressive 24 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway.
Closing our top three list is the Mazda 3. The small Japanese automaker has made a name for itself by consistently topping up their products with some fun. This car also comes with the option of forward collision warning which takes the hatchback a few notches higher on the safety scale. According to IIHS, the Mazda 3 is a Top Safety Pick+ car. A base price of $18,815 will get you 30mpg in the city and 41 mpg highway with automatic transmission.
Chevrolet is not renowned for its expertise in small cars. For the Chevy Sonic, however, it is a special case of style and functionality. The Chevy Sonic scores an excellent grade on our list because of its outstanding infotainment system, spacious design, and beautifully adorned interior. It starts at a base price of $15,070 and does 26 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway.
Number Five ?
Winding up the list is the 2017 Ford Focus. This compact model is roomier than the Fiesta, yet it gets really close in terms of fuel economy. It is among the most stylish rides on this list and is both practical and fun to drive. It comes with plenty of options including a 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine which bumps up the mileage to 40 mpg. The base model starts at $20,785 and gives 26 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway.