Having an inexperienced teenage driver in your family can be a challenge, but you can make things a little easier on everyone with the right vehicle. SUVs in particular are good choices for young drivers for their many safety features and improved maneuverability, so we’re going to take a look at the best SUVs for teens in your family.
The compact and affordable Ford Escape is a great first vehicle for a teen driver. Not only does it have a relatively starting low price of $23,750, but it has an efficient engine and has an excellent safety rating from the National Highway and Safety Administration (NHTSA). Thanks to its sporty look and refined interior, your teenager won’t mind being seen driving it.
The Kia Sportage compact SUV was built with safety in mind thanks to features such as the Hill Start Assist Control, the Downhill Brake Control, and the Electronic Stability Control. The body is also constructed with high-strength steel, which gives it a rigidity that allows for smooth handling on a number of surfaces.
The Subaru Forester has long been one of the most popular SUVs on the market, and its newest models come equipped with all the safety features that you could want for a teenage driver. Its EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology monitors traffic around the vehicle and alerts the driver if they are getting close to veering out of their lane, and the Pre-Collision Braking applies full braking if the Forester needs to make an emergency stop.
When these features are combined with rear-vision cameras and reverse automatic braking, you have one of the safest SUVs on the market for teenage drivers. The Forester also offers more cargo room that many of its competitors, giving your teen driver more room for all their stuff.
The Toyota RAV4 is one of the more reliable and fuel-efficient compact SUVs on the market. That alone makes it a great choice for a young driver, but it also comes equipped with a number of innovative safety features such as a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection and automatic high beams for driving through darker environments.
Not Just For Teens
These are just a few of the SUVs on the market that would make great first vehicles for your teenage driver. They are all affordable and reasonably safe, yet they have a reasonably sporty look that any first-time driver would love. As always, safety features are no substitute for attentive driving, so make sure that your teenager stays alert and maybe it’s best they’re not in a vehicle with too much power.
If you are looking for a more affordable subcompact SUV model, consider the Honda HR-V, Nissan Rogue Sport, Toyota CH-R, or Subaru Crosstrek as best small SUVs for teens. For something in between, take a look at the Volkswagen Golf Alltrack.