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Five best cars for teenagers

by DrPrem Jagyasi

Gone are the days when parents used to pass down their old cars to their teens. Parents today, are on the lookout for cars that are affordable and yet safe enough for their kids to drive. Factors like antilock braking systems, working air bags and positive reviews in crash tests etc. are taken into account before finalizing a car. Accordingly, here are some of the best cars for teens in the market today.

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Kia Forte

Priced at $14,995, the Kia Forte is a 2011 sedan class car with a fuel efficiency of 25 mpg for the city and 34 mpg for the highway. It is one of the most affordable cars in this group and has been awarded the Top Safety Pick by the IIHS. The safety features of the Kia Forte include side and seat mounted air bags, side curtain air bags and electronic stability control. The car’s advanced audio system would also impress teens. Other features include Bluetooth wireless connectivity and Sirius satellite radio compatibility.

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Honda Accord

Starting at $ 21,380, the Honda Accord gives 23 mpg in the city and 34 mpg in the highway. The four-door sedan bagged five stars from the NHTSA for safety this year. The more stringent model boasts of having traction control, stability control, a four-wheel antilock braking system and an electronic brake force distribution. Other safety features include front, front-side as well as side-curtain air bags and front head restraints to prevent whiplash. The car’s audio system consists of a CD player, 6 speakers and AM/FM radio compatibility.

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Ford Focus S Sedan

Giving almost 26 mpg in the city and 36 mpg in highways, the Ford Focus S Sedan is considered one of the most fuel-efficient cars in the group. The highlight of the car is the MyKey safety system, which would allow parents to set speed as well as audio limits on it. The other safety features include front, side as well as side-curtain air bags and electronic stability control. Prices for the car start at $16,500.

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Ford Fiesta S Sedan

Another one from the Ford group, the Ford Fiesta S Sedan is priced at approximately $13,000. It gives 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg in highways.  The small engine is very fuel efficient, with the car being the most affordable in the category. The safety features of the car include seven air bags and electronic stability control.

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Hyundai Sonata

Starting at $19,395, the Hyundai Sonata GL offers 24 mpg for cities and 35 mpg for highways. The safety features of the car include front seat-mounted, front and rear side-curtain bags, antilock brakes, daytime running lights and electronic stability control. Teens would love the fully loaded stereo system that comes with a CD player, six speakers, MP3 input and AM/FM compatibility.

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