|HOLLYWOOD, CA - AUGUST 23: The new redesigned 2012 Toyota Camry SE is unveiled during a news event on the Paramount Studios lot on August 23, 2011 in Hollywood, California. The five-seat Camry SE and the Hybrid XLE sedans go on sale in December. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)|
Can you say, booorrriiinng?
Well, maybe. But most parents would prefer safe over snazzy for their young drivers. And that’s why the auto Web site Edmunds.com recommends midsize sedans for teenage drivers.
Smaller cars like subcompacts may be more affordable and zippier, but they’re not necessarily as safe as a larger car in a collision, Edmunds’s consumer advice editor, Carroll Lachnit, said in a statement. Very large cars, meanwhile, may hold up better in a crash, but can be difficult for new drivers to maneuver. And sedans tend to have lower rollover risk than sport utility vehicles (even though newer S.U.V. models do have stability control mechanisms).
Edmunds also recommended a four-cylinder engine rather than a six-cylinder, saying six-cylinder engines “offer more power than a teen driver needs or should have.”
So if you’re looking for a ride that’s safe, rather than flashy, here are 10 cars that Edmunds says are worth considering (Edmunds also says the cars are relatively affordable, based on its “true cost to own” tool that factors in costs like insurance fuel costs and maintenance):
|Front-side shot of a fifth generation Toyota Camry, in Serdang, Selangor, Malaysia. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
•2009 Toyota Camry
•2010 Chevrolet Malibu
•2010 Volkswagen Jetta
•2011 Hyundai Sonata
•2012 Honda Accord
•2012 Hyundai Sonata
•2012 Toyota Camry
•2012 Volkswagen Jetta
•2013 Chevrolet Malibu
Have you recently helped your son or daughter buy a car? What factors did you consider?