Your Teen's
First Ride

Cars have become popular high school and college graduation presents. Whether you’re a parent looking for a first car for your teen or a college grad about to embark on your career, this list is for you. Check out the list of the top cars that have everything you want for your teen, including safety, fuel efficiency and loaded with the latest technologies. is an automotive start-up aimed at improving the car shopping experience. With more than 300 models to choose from, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. Honk targets the question: Which car should I get? Honk reports this list features less fuel-guzzling trucks and SUVs and more fuel efficient sedans, coupes and hatchbacks. Another trend? These cars are full of the latest technology and gadgets, including bluetooth and satellite-based naviagation systems, to make life a little easier.

With its own research and tons of really helpful feedback from drivers, Honk has compiled a list of the best cars for teens.

21. Nissan Cube


nissan cube

• $13,990 MSRP
• 24 city/ 29 hwy MPG
• unique box shape with wrap-around rear window, wavy dashboard and rippled ceiling

20. BMW 1-Series Coupe


BMW 1 series

• $29,150 MSRP
• 18 city/ 28 hwy MPG
• run-flat tires, stability and traction control, dual-stage front air bags, front seat-mounted and side-impact air bags are standard

19. Toyota RAV4


Toyota Rav

• $21,675 MSRP
• 22 city / 28 hwy MPG
• all-wheel or 4-wheel drive with excellent fuel economy

18. Mini Cooper


mini cooper

• $18,800 MSRP
• 25 city / 34 hwy MPG
• perfect size for commuting (but not for carpooling)

17. Hyundai Elantra

hyundai elantra

• $14,145 MSRP
• 26 city / 35 hwy MPG
• comfortable roomy seating for four adults (or two adults and three kids)

16. Lexus IS250



• $32,145 MSRP
• 18 city / 26 hwy MPG
• a quiet ride with a sound-absorbing sun visor, vibration-reducing floor braces, and acoustic windshield glass

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Comments on "Top 21 best cars for teens"

Jacinth February 16, 2014 | 9:21 PM

What happened to Mazda Miatas and Scion FRS/ Subaru BRZ? Both cars get great gas mileage, are relatively inexpensive (compared to that lexus is at least) and both will have the teen more than satisfied b/c of the way they drive. No teen wants to be seen a cube or other mundane economy car, I know cause I am a teen!

Sam February 13, 2014 | 3:27 PM

Even if I could afford any of those cars, I certainly wouldn't be able to insure them. also 99% of those cars are hideous and I'd rather have a push bike, only the golf and the BMW series 1 are acceptable as a form of transport at any age

Tom January 05, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Absolutely the most ridiculous list I have ever seen published. Title should be called "Top 21 best cars for teens whos parents are CEO's or filthy rich and live in Hollywood". Who made this list a wishful teenager or a young 20 year old fresh out of college with no kids of their own? This is just plain stupid on many levels. What parent in their right mind has the money in this day and age to buy a brand new $17-$35k car for their child? I didn't buy my first brand new car until I was half way though my masters program in college in my mid 30's. Lets think about this for a minute. If you have a family of three or four kids and you buy your first child a $30k lexus or bmw does this mean I also have to buy the same car for the other three children? This is what is wrong with this country. Teaching our teens that they are entitled to brand new $20k cars before they even graduate high school. What day and age has it come to when people think they have to spend anything over $2k-$5k tops. Get Real Author!

Catherine December 09, 2013 | 4:44 PM

@ Justin that is exactly what I said.

Justin November 21, 2013 | 7:09 PM

This is the worst list by far that I personally have ever seen online so far. No teen or any human being with a sense of decency wants to drive a Nissan Cube.

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