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Back To School: The Car Connection Picks Eight For Your Teen Page 2


The Focus is stylish, tech-focused and fun to drive. It also feels more upmarket compared to some other compact models.

2013 Hyundai Accent

2013 Hyundai Accent

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2013 Hyundai Accent GLS Premium

  • Base price: around $16,000
  • Standard safety features: Six airbags
  • NHTSA safety ratings: four stars overall
  • Best highway gas mileage: 40 mpg
  • Standout features: 172-watt AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, with Premium package, includes Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, fog lights, cruise control, rear disc brakes and 16-inch wheels

The Accent offers good gas mileage (40 mpg highway across the board), loads of features and a roomy and comfortable interior – even if it’s no longer the least expensive car you can buy.

2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan

2013 Hyundai Elantra sedan

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2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS Preferred

  • Base price: about $18,000
  • Standard safety features: 6 airbags,  daytime running lights, and anti-theft system integrated with remote keyless entry, panic alert and trunk open
  • NHTSA safety ratings: five stars overall
  • Best highway gas mileage: 40 mpg (with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission)
  • Standout features: standard iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks, XM Satellite radio; GLS Preferred package adds Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, fog lights, 16-inch wheels, heated front seats and more

The Elantra is one of the best compact cars available today for a number of reasons, including its stunning design and details, great gas mileage, an interior that rivals that of mid-size cars, and a complete list of features on the base sedan that make it a tremendous value.


2013 Kia Soul

2013 Kia Soul

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2013 Kia Soul Base

  • Base price: about $17,000
  • Standard safety features: Six airbags, tire pressure monitor
  • NHTSA safety ratings: four stars overall
  • Best highway gas mileage: 35 mpg (manual or automatic transmission)
  • Standout features: more than 60 add-on accessories for a more custom look and feel to this teen driver’s Soul

With its crisp design, nimble driving feel, roomy interior and lots of features for the money, style doesn’t preclude value in the Soul.


 
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