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How to choose a good, safe car for your new teen driver

Latest 'Talking Cars' podcast helps narrow the choices

Published: August 27, 2014 10:00 AM

It’s one of the most frequent questions we get from "Talking Cars" watchers: What’s a good car to pick for a new driver? We dedicate this episode of our weekly podcast to dissecting this thorny issue.

First we cover the basics, discussing the essentials. Stability control ranks very high on that list. With the help of viewer questions, we also look at the many misconceptions, opinions, and approaches toward buying a good first car. For example, pickup trucks or old “tanks” aren’t good choices, and we explain why. Budget also plays a big part, so we discuss what you might have to spend.

Finally, we discuss the role of advanced driver training, and look at where our best-cars-for-teens list follows the one issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and where it deviates.

Check out the discussion in the video above. And visit our teen driving hub for more information on teen safety and lists of recommended new and used cars.

As with the other shows, this episode is also available free through the iTunes store. Subscribe to the video or audio. You'll also find the video on YouTube.

Also view:
"Talking Cars" Episode 43: Honda Fit, Porsche Macan
"Talking Cars" Episode 42: Tesla problems
"Talking Cars" Episode 41: BMW M3
"Talking Cars" Episode 40: Lexus NX is grilled
"Talking Cars" Episode 39: More Volkswagen GTI, Ford Mustang
"Talking Cars" Episode 38: Volkswagen GTI
"Talking Cars" Episode 37: Hyundai Genesis, Sonata
"Talking Cars" Episode 36: Video podcast gets recalled, talks GM
"Talking Cars" Episode 35: Chevrolet Corvette vs. Porsche 911

Tom Mutchler


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