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How to Choose Best Vehicle for a Young Driver

The Toyota Prius is a great car for a young driver.
The Toyota Prius is a great car for a young driver.

So it’s time to choose a vehicle for your teenage son or daughter. Although your child will be out on his or her own without your helpful guidance from the passenger seat, this doesn’t mean you can’t help them at all. The best way to do that is to choose the best vehicle for a young driver.

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety recommends that the vehicle you choose for your child have certain characteristics. And luckily, Toyota has vehicles that fit all of these criteria! Keep these in mind when shopping for your teen’s new car:

Lower horsepower. While it is good to have a little pep when you accelerate, too much horsepower can prove too tempting for young people, increasing the chance of them speeding. Autobytel recommends the Toyota Prius and Pruis Plug-In.

No minicars. Generally, the bigger and heavier the vehicle the safer that vehicle is. Look for a big vehicle to keep your kid safe out on the road. You can check out the Toyota Highlander or Sequoia!

Electronic Stability Control (ESC). ESC is built on the anti-lock brake system and any car built in the US after 2011 must be manufactured with these systems standard. If you purchase a vehicle made before that, make sure it has ESC.

Good Safety Ratings. This is a given.  The best vehicle for a young driver is the safest vehicle. The IIHS rates every vehicle on the market. See their list of recommend vehicles for young drivers here. Toyota cars that made the list are the Avalon, Carmy, Prius, RAV4, Highlander, Venza, Sienna, and Tundra.