So you’re looking for a cheap used car to get your teen from home to school or work? No problem. The real problem is doing this without breaking the bank, compromising reliability, or ignoring security. Do not worry; here are three of the best big, cheap cars for your teen, like the 2013 Toyota Avalon.
- Ford Taurus 2011
- 2011-2014 Toyota Avalon
- Hyundai Genesis 2011
Is Ford Taurus a reliable car?
The 2011 Ford Taurus has excellent reliability scores. The Taurus also offers four-wheel drive (AWD) and fairly decent gas mileage, with a whopping 22 mpg combined. The sixth generation Taurus is also quite affordable. With an entry-level market average of $6,300, it’s an accessible way to get your teen into affordable transportation.
However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has not awarded the Taurus top marks for safety. Instead, the four-door sedan received a four-star rating from the NHTSA. In particular, the rollover protection and passenger side collision scores were four stars, lowering the overall rating.
Is the Toyota Avalon a good car?
The Toyota Avalon is a generally underrated sedan. Even today, the Avalon is a benchmark in affordable luxury, on par with much more expensive European rivals. As for your teen, the 2011 to 2014 Toyota Avalon is a reliable, safe, and inexpensive car. Consumer Reports says an Avalon of that generation will set you back an average of $9,400.
The news is also getting better in terms of safety. A 2013 Toyota Avalon has a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. The 2014 model also receives the highest NHTSA rating overall, with the exception of a four-star rating for driver-side collision protection and roll-over protection. Still, Consumer Reports gives the highest reliability scores for model years 2011 through 2014.
Is the Hyundai Genesis a good car for a teenager?
The 2011 Hyundai Genesis is a good car for a teenager. Your teen might be better off with a Ford Taurus or Toyota Avalon. First, the 2011 Genesis gets above-average reliability scores, if not as good as the 2015 model year. Then, at 20 mpg in total, it’s moderately fuel-efficient.
However, the Hyundai Genesis has not been tested by the NHTSA. Instead, the Genesis was reviewed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), another agency focused on safety testing. The IIHS awarded the Genesis its Top Safety Pick award, which falls just below the Top Safety Pick+.
Which car should you buy for your teenager?
If you are looking for a reliable, large and inexpensive car for your teen, it will be a challenge to choose a better vehicle than the Toyota Avalon. The 2013 Toyota Avalon is typically more expensive than a comparable Hyundai Genesis or Ford Taurus, but shines elsewhere. For example, the 2013 Toyota Avalon has both an IIHS Top Safety Pick and a five-star rating from the NHTSA. Neither of the other two cars has that to boast about.
After all, most parents want the car they choose for their children to be safe above all else. Scroll down to the next article to learn more about safe vehicles!
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