If you've got a family member who just crossed the threshold to get a driver's license, there's a lot more factors that go into picking that first vehicle that they drive. Safety, reliability, fuel costs and more should all be considered to make sure that the new driver is satisfied with their first vehicle. However, the description of almost every vehicle will tout these traits as a good reason to buy them, so it's important to make sure that the reviews aren't all just marketing and hype. If you're looking for the best car for a new driver, you're in the right place, as we've assembled a list of vehicles we'd recommend for when your child is finally ready to hit the road. Most people in your shoes will end up choosing an SUV, as they tend to have more safety features, but we'll cover a few picks for any category you might be considering. Read on to find out more about the best cars for new drivers!

Must have features:

Anti-lock brakes are one of the most critical features to have. Most cars made in the past 20 years come with this as a standard option, so it shouldn't create any issues. This simply stops the brakes from locking when a lot of pressure is applied, which prevents unintentional slipping and drifting when coming to a stop, especially under wet/snowy conditions.

Traction control helps regular the spinning of tires in accordance with how slippery the road conditions are, generally cutting power to the wheels when it detects that wheels are spinning without the car itself moving.

Stability control also has to do with the rotation of the tires, but it's focused on making sure steering isn't being counterproductive when coming to a stop under less-than-ideal conditions..

Forward-collision warning is exactly what you'd expect, it detects obstacles and objects in front of the vehicle and warns/stops you when it detects a high chance of colliding with whatever object happens to be in front of the vehicle.

Blind-spot monitoring is quite similar to the previously mentioned forward-collision warning, but is instead focused on the blind spots near the rear passenger door on either side of the vehicle.

If you find a vehicle that has all these features, it should be more than safe for the new driver in your life, but that still leaves the consideration points of price, reliability, fuel costs, insurance and more. Consider the mentioned safety features to be sort of a checklist; if all of those features are on a vehicle, that doesn't mean you should immediately purchase it, but it does mean that it passes the standard for safety.


Ford Fiesta

Honda Civic

Honda Accord

Toyota Corolla

Kia Optima


Acura RDX

Volvo XC60

Subaru Outback

Audi Q8

Dodge Durango

Ford Bronco

Ford Escape

Honda CR-V

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Jeep Wrangler


Ford F-150

GMC Sierra

Chevrolet Silverado

Jeep Gladiator


Toyota Tundra

We'd strongly recommend anything off of this list as a first vehicle for the new driver in your life. What makes them the best cars for teens? Each of these vehicles has the safety features recommended, as the top of this article indicates, but beyond that, they offer a suite of benefits that are suited to new drivers. Generally, they're not the fastest or most powerful vehicles, but the safest, with good fuel economy and an overall reliability that means you won't have to spend too much time with your excited new driver's vehicle in the garage. Pick anything on this list, then give us a call to get your appointment set up! We offer a wide range of vehicles for new and experienced drivers alike, and our expert sales staff would be happy to help you find the vehicle you're looking for. We also offer a vehicle location service, so even if we don't have the vehicle you're looking for, we can certainly get it for you! All vehicles listed above that we currently have on our lot are linked, click on their name to see the product page for the vehicle in question.

We hope this list helps you decide on the best car for your teen, or rather, the best car for any new driver in your life. At Castle Car Company, we offer you top of the line vehicles at below the line prices!