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The FCG List: 10 Cheap, Safe New Cars for Teens


2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

Tired of being the family chauffeur to your teenage son or daughter? If they’re responsible and you think the time is right to get them their own car, there are some inexpensive and safe choices to consider.

First of all, you want your teen’s ride to be safe. That’s why all the vehicles in this two-part series are highly rated by government safety agencies. Second, here at FamilyCarGuide, we’ve arbitrarily set a price cap at $20,000. Sure, there are cars that have higher trim models that exceed that limitation, but what we’re after here is a listing of ten cheap, safe 2011 rides for teens.

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

It’s not the cheapest on the list, nor the most expensive. But what the all-new 2011 Chevrolet Cruze has going for it is a low starting price of $16,275, great looks, good handling, quiet and comfortable ride and Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Among Cruze’s safety features are 10 standard airbags, including rear side and front knee airbags. Also impressive is the compact car’s EPA-estimated 36 mpg highway fuel economy. See why TheCarConnection editors give the 2011 Chevy Cruze an overall 8.3 (out of 10 rating) here.

2011 Ford Fiesta

2011 Ford Fiesta

2011 Ford Fiesta

 While adults might not be partial to the lime green color that’s offered, the 2011 Ford Fiesta microcar does come in other colors -- like this black one. The Fiesta, a big hit in Europe since 2008, finally arrived in the U.S. in 2010. With its low starting price of $13,320, the Fiesta already offers a strong value proposition to price-conscious parents, but the IIHS Top Safety Pick is another equally compelling reason to buy. Fun to drive with its 120-horsepower 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, the Fiesta is easy on the gas as well, achieving 29 mpg city/38 mpg highway with automatic transmission. Also see TheCarConnection review of the 2011 Ford Fiesta.


 
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