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Top 21 best cars for teens

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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.

10. Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang

• $21,395
• 16 city / 24 hwy MPG
• redesigned inside and out for a sleeker, more sculpted look; four-passenger seating (if the backseat passengers are small)

9. Volkswagen GTI


• $23,465
• 21 city / 31 hwy MPG
• 6-speed manual transmission is standard as are dual exhaust tips, halogen headlights and single-zone climate control

8. Mitsubishi Lancer

Mitsubishi lancer

• $14,790 MSRP
• 22 city / 30 hwy MPG
• the 5-seater is available in a variety of body styles, trim levels and engines

7. Ford Focus

Ford Focus

• $16,290 MSRP
• 24 city / 34 hwy MPG
• fog lamps, darkened chrome accents, matte-metallic interior finish and adequate back seat space

6. Subaru Impreza

Subaru Impreza

• $17,495 MSRP
• 20 city / 27 hwy MPG
• all-wheel drive, secure handling, roomy interior and reduced road noise

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