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4 Great Cars for a New Teen Driver for Less Than $10,000

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author photo by Will Kinton August 2019

Buying a car for a new teen driver to use is a fine line. You don't want to buy anything too expensive in case they crash it, but at the same time you want them to be in something safe ... in case they crash it. This list balances safety with a price tag of less than $10,000 that you'd feel comfortable putting your teen in.

2016 Kia Soul

2016 Kia Soul - $8,500

Coming in right at budget, this Kia Soul would be perfect for a teen driver. While the Soul is an all-around great small car, the second generation (2014-2019) actually received an overall 5-star safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), making it one of the safest cars you can buy for under $10,000. As a bonus, this particular Soul is equipped with a manual transmission, which has been shown to cut down on distracted driving in addition to providing your teen a life long skill. Find a Kia Soul for sale

2013 Volkswagen Passat- $10,000

The Volkswagen Passat is a bigger car that puts a lot of steel between you and your teen, achieving an overall 5-star rating from NHTSA. They also come standard with side curtain airbags for front and rear passengers, which are vital for side-impact collisions. Passat models of this generation aren't exactly sporty, but they still drive nicely and are generally pretty reliable with their ancient 2.5 inline-five engines. Overall, it's a good car that should last them a while, provided nothing catastrophic happens to it. Find a Volkswagen Passat for sale

2010 Volvo XC60

2010 Volvo XC60 - $8,995

If you're looking for a cheap and safe SUV, it's hard to go wrong with a Volvo XC60. Volvo has always put a huge emphasis on safety, and the XC60 is no exception. While the XC60 isn't nearly as common as it's larger XC90 brethren, the smaller size should be easier for teen drivers to manage. Unfortunately, the rarity does also come with a price -- it can be difficult to find one under $10,000 with less than 100,000 miles. Find a Volvo XC60 for sale

2010 Honda Civic

2010 Honda Civic - $7,000

The Honda Civic is a favorite among parents for their kids. They are incredibly reliable, affordable, fuel efficient and safe, scoring a top safety pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Best of all, they're ubiquitous. No matter where you live in the country, odds are that you can find a Honda Civic with reasonable mileage for less than $10,000. Find a Honda Civic for sale

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