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Letting a 16-year-old loose on the world behind the wheel of a couple of tons of metal is a terrifying thought. Statistically, teens are more likely to die in a car accident than by any other means, and, most of the time, those accidents are avoidable.

To make picking a car for your teen easier, Consumer Reports has come up with a list of relatively new, relatively cheap options to keep your kids safe while they bomb around with 5 of their friends make the commute between school, work and home.

As you may imagine, CR recommends a family sedan that packs in as many modern safety features as you can afford, including stability control, ABS, traction control and side curtain air bags. They eschew trucks and SUVs due to their comparatively poor handling, high centers of gravity and bad gas mileage. Don't even go there with sports cars.

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prime choices are as follows: the Acura TSX, the 2009 and up Ford Focus, the 2007 and up Hyundai Sonata or Hyundai Elantra, 2007 and up Mazda3, 2008 and on Scion xB, and both the 2007 and up Volkswagen Jetta and Rabbit/Golf.

YouTube - Best Cars for Teens from Consumer Reports
 

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I'm a post undergrad student and this was exactly what I wanted. I remember being in high school and at the time, my "dream but somewhat obtainable" car was an RSX type S. Once I finished undergrad, I wanted a sporty vehicle considering how much of an automotive enthusiast I am, but also something that shows I'm mature and responsible. I didn't want people to think I'm one of those irresponsible young adult hooligans looking for a race at every traffic light. After a long debate on if I should get a Scion TC or a TSX, I went with an '04 TSX 6 spd (which is funny considering this is a european accord and I came from a 1995 accord). I couldn't think of anything more suiting considering where I am in my life.
 

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They shouldve put the 1st generation TSX in the video, there is no way a high school kid will drive the new 2nd generation, i wouldnt trust my kid with a new car like that.

but nice to see our cars being considered
ahem...i did :laugh:
 

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They shouldve put the 1st generation TSX in the video, there is no way a high school kid will drive the new 2nd generation, i wouldnt trust my kid with a new car like that.

but nice to see our cars being considered
ouch:( i was gonna buy a 10, but decided i didnt want a loan and there pretty damn ugly personally:/ so i got an 05. BUT it wasnt mommy and daddys money unlike every other freaking kid in my school
 

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TSX was my first car, no regrets!
 

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How much money do kids have these days in the USA. I could never afford a TSX or insure one at that age. And giving a 16yr old a car with 200 bhp under the hood is a frightening thought.

You would be paying half a years wages just to insure a TSX as a first time driver in the UK.


Its kind of ironic that they are recommending the TSX because of its up to date safety features yet its a semi performance car. Meaning that you are likely to hit that wall faster. Doh.
 

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I just bought an 08 a few weeks ago. After driving 4 generations of VW's and jumping in to a TSX, icant agree more about the value of these cars.
 

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I'm a post undergrad student and this was exactly what I wanted. I remember being in high school and at the time, my "dream but somewhat obtainable" car was an RSX type S. Once I finished undergrad, I wanted a sporty vehicle considering how much of an automotive enthusiast I am, but also something that shows I'm mature and responsible. I didn't want people to think I'm one of those irresponsible young adult hooligans looking for a race at every traffic light. After a long debate on if I should get a Scion TC or a TSX, I went with an '04 TSX 6 spd (which is funny considering this is a european accord and I came from a 1995 accord). I couldn't think of anything more suiting considering where I am in my life.
+1 this is very similar to my story. - minus the debate about the tc ;) - very happy with my 04 6spd.
 
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