First time drivers don’t have to be stuck with grandma’s hand me down or a clunker from that shady used dealer across town. Automakers are now offering an array of choices for the new driver. These cars look stylish, are reliable vehicles, and are so inexpensive even students can own one.
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Specifically marketed to young adults, the Ford Fiesta offers tons of up to date features, such as smartphone syncing. Body style choices include a sedan and a five door hatchback. In addition to the stylish look and sturdy build, the fiesta offers a peppy little drive at an affordable price.
2. Chevrolet Sonic
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Chevrolet’s small car offerings have been lackluster of late, but they’re redeeming themselves with the new Sonic. Offered in a sedan and five door hatchback body styles, a sporty model is available for those who can’t bring themselves to drive something without some spunk. The sonic is affordable, and very fuel efficient.
3. Mazda 3
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For young drivers who need extra room for more passengers or cargo, the Mazda 3 is ideal. Mazda is known for offering quality cars with practical features, and this is no exception. It’s also very fun to drive, and is less boring than the popular Honda Corolla or Civic. It comes in both six speed manual and six speed automatic transmissions.
4. Dodge Dart
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Car lovers dream of driving an Alfa Romeo, and the Dogde Dart is on the same platform as the Giulietta, without the ginormous price tag. The Dart comes with several performance packages and an abundance of options, so the first time driver can opt to save money or get one fully tricked out at an affordable price. You can see one of the new Darts on the lot at Arrigo Dodge Chrysler Jeep in Ft Pierce FL.
5. Kia Soul
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If you’re thinking of the poorly made, awfully rated Kia of old, think again. This manufacturer has cleaned up their act, and for young drivers the Soul offers lots of pep, great looks inside and outside, and a decent sized interior. It’s also one of the most affordable cars on this list.
6. Honda Accord
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The Accord is a great seller in every demographic group, all for the same reasons. The Accord is good looking, affordable, and is one of the safest vehicles on the road. Accords also hold their resell value well, so when college debts are paid off and it’s time to trade in, the Accord is still going to be worth something. As a bonus to young drivers, the Accord has one of the best factory sound systems available.
When pricing your first vehicle, it’s important to include the cost of insurance when budgeting your car payment. All too often, young drivers underestimate what auto insurance costs, and end up with payments too high to make. Call your insurance company before agreeing to buy the car. Insurers will gladly give you a quote on insuring the car, so you know ahead of time if you can afford the insurance on top of the car payment.
Another great way to save when buying a car is to opt out of special packages and features. These can drive up the cost of the car by thousands of dollars.
Christy Wilson earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communications from Samford University. After working several years as a newspaper reporter and writer, she began her online freelancing career. She now lives and works from her home on the lake in Pell City, Alabama, with her two daughters.
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