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Best Used Cars for Teen Girls

by 18.com
​The best first girl’s car is probably a family-style sedan with as many modern safety features as possible including anti-lock brakes, traction control and plenty of air bags.

The day a parent must let their 16-year-old daughter loose behind the wheel of an automobile for the first time is always an interesting, and sometime exciting experience. It can also be a bit frightening to have to trust that an inexperienced driver will remember the rules of the road and all of the driving tips and tricks you’ve passed along to them. It doesn’t help when one considers that the statistics show that car accidents are the single biggest cause of teen fatalities these days, and they also show that is most cases, car accidents involving teen drivers could have been avoided altogether.

Most girls will learn to drive behind the wheel of their parent’s cars. Driving Mom’s old station wagon will be viewed as great fun at first, but in a very short time most teen girls will want their own cars to drive, and as a parent, you will have a definite say in the eventual choice. New cars can be a bit too expensive for most parents to afford as their daughter’s first automobile, but there are plenty of good used cars available that will get the job done. Obviously, buying your 16-year-old daughter a high-performance sports car is probably a bad idea as it could encourage risky behavior and high speed stunts behind the wheel while as they drive around with their friends in the car commuting between school, work and home. Most trucks and big SUVs aren’t great choices for girls either due to their poor handling, high centers of gravity and bad gas mileage.  Far better to pick a more sedate family-style sedan that has as many modern safety features as possible including anti-lock brakes, traction control and plenty of air bags.

When the automotive experts at Consumer Reports looked at the problem of choosing the right first car for a teenaged driver in the U.S. today, they had not trouble coming up with a list of good used cars that represent viable, yet relatively affordable options to keep a young female driver safe on the road today. All of the top used car picks for girls can be viewed at the Consumer Reports website, but the magazine’s first five primary choices were the 2010 Acura TSX, the 2009 Ford Focus, the 2007 Hyundai Sonata, the 2007 Mazda3, and the 2008 Scion xB.  All represent good values at moderate prices with excellent safety features. Let’s take a closer look at the performance specs of the first five:

2010 Acura TSX
Base engine size: 2.4 L
Cylinders: inline 4
Torque: 170 ft-lbs. @ 4300 rpm
Horsepower: 201 hp @ 7000 rpm
Drive type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed shift-able automatic
Fuel type: premium unleaded (required)
Fuel tank capacity: 18.5 gal.
EPA mileage est. (city/hwy): 21/30 mpg

2009 Ford Focus
Base engine size: 2.0 L
Cylinders: inline 4
Torque: 136 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm
Horsepower: 140 hp @ 6000 rpm
Drive type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Fuel type: regular unleaded
Fuel tank capacity: 13.5 gal.
EPA mileage est. (city/hwy): 24/35 mpg

2007 Hyundai Sonata
Base engine size: 2.4 L
Cylinders: inline 4
Torque: 164 ft-lbs. @ 4250 rpm
Horsepower: 162 hp @ 5800 rpm
Drive type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Fuel type: regular unleaded
Fuel tank capacity: 17.7 gal.
EPA mileage est. (city/hwy): 21/31 mpg

2007 Mazda3
Base engine size: 2.0 L
Cylinders: inline 4
Torque: 135 ft-lbs. @ 4500 rpm
Horsepower: 148 hp @ 6500 rpm
Drive type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Fuel type: regular unleaded
Fuel tank capacity: 14.5 gal.
EPA mileage est. (city/hwy): 24/32 mpg

2008 Scion xB

Base engine size: 2.4 L
Cylinders: inline 4
Torque: 162 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
Horsepower: 158 hp @ 6000 rpm
Drive type: front wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Fuel type: regular unleaded
Fuel tank capacity: 14.0 gal.
EPA mileage est. (city/hwy): 22/28 mpg