U.S. News & World Report just released its list of the best cars for teen drivers, many of which have safety and tracking features that alert parents when the driver is speeding or driving after curfew.
“Inexperienced teen drivers are more at risk for an accident, and the car they drive can either contribute to or help mitigate that risk,” said Jamie Page Deaton, a U.S. News and World Report editor who helped compile the list. “The Best Cars for Teens have top-of-the-line safety features, including accident prevention and crash protection technologies, as well as features that allow parents to track their new drivers. All that tech can not only protect teens but also help them develop safe driving skills.”
The top-rated car was the Hyundai Accent. The compact car comes with Hyundai’s BlueLink system, which alerts parents if the teen is speeding, driving after curfew, or driving outside a predetermined geographical area. The Accent ranked high in both affordability and dependability and has topped other lists for being a great value.
The Volkswagen Jetta, a longtime favorite with teens, took second place for its good gas mileage, safety features, and a driver-friendly infotainment system that keeps the driver’s eyes on the road. The Honda HR-V also ranked high for its accident avoidance systems, such as “blind-spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist,” according to U.S. News & World Report.