Table: Best Cars for Your Kids to Drive

A lengthy table showing the best and the worst car choices for your teenager to drive.

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TOP PICKS

Car MPG above average? Ranked above average? Top crash-test scores? Top rollover score? Curb weight above average? Overall score
(out of 5)
MINI Cooper hatchback $18,700; 28 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4
Toyota Tacoma pickup $14,280; 20 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4
Toyota Corolla sedan $14,405; 28 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4
Dodge Charger sedan $22,350; 18 mpg
Yes
Yes
NA
Yes
Yes
4
Chrysler 300 sedan $25,270; 18 mpg
Yes
Yes
NA
Yes
Yes
4
Honda Fit hatchback $13,950; 28 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4
Scion xD hatchback $15,170; 27 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4
Kia Spectra5 hatchback $16,620; 23 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4
Chevrolet Equinox SUV $23,355; 17 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
4
Honda Civic coupe/sedan/hybrid $14,810; 26 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
4

DECENT PICKS

Car MPG above average? Ranked above average? Top crash-test scores? Top rollover score? Curb weight above average? Overall score
(out of 5)
Ford Escape SUV $18,770; 22 mpg
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
3
Kia Sorento SUV $20,995; 15 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
3
Volkswagen Jetta sedan $16,990; 21 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
3
Chevrolet Cobalt sedan $13,710; 24 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
3
Toyota Matrix hatchback $15,510; 26 mpg
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
3
Suzuki SX4 hatchback $15,270; 22 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
3
Hyundai Elantra coupe/sedan $13,525; 24 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
3
Pontiac G5 coupe/sedan $14,945; 25 mpg
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
No
3
Volkswagen Rabbit hatchback $15,490; 22 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
3
Scion tC coupe $15,300; 20 mpg
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
3

NOT QUITE

Car MPG above average? Ranked above average? Top crash-test scores? Top rollover score? Curb weight above average? Overall score
(out of 5)
Ford F-150 pickup $17,345; 14 mpg
No
No
NA
Yes
Yes
2
Jeep Liberty SUV $20,330; 16 mpg
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
2
Ford Mustang coupe $19,250; 17 mpg
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
2
Toyota Yaris coupe/hatchback $12,175; 29 mpg
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
2
Kia Rio5 hatchback $12,915 27 mpg
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
2
Mazda3 sedan/hatchback $13,895; 24 mpg
No
Yes
No
Yes
No
2
Ford Focus coupe/sedan $14,375; 24 mpg
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
2
Pontiac G6 coupe/sedan $17,895; 22 mpg
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
2
Hyundai Accent coupe/sedan $10,775; 27 mpg
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
2
Volkswagen New-Beetle coupe $17,365; 20 mpg
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
2
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