Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Safe, smart auto choices for teens
When it comes to choosing a car, what parents think their new teenager will be most safe in is not always in agreement with what the data suggests.
A common misunderstanding is to give a teen the biggest car possible. But big cars are more difficult to control, and teenagers are the least experienced drivers on the road. With high centers of gravity, vehicles like SUVs and pickup trucks are more prone to roll.
Look for a reasonably sized sedan that has safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain air bags, good crash-test results, not too much power, and a strong structure.
Earlier this year, Consumer Reports named 11 models safe for young people, based on test results as well as government and insurance-industry crash-test results.
Among the top picks:
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