So, you are one of the many first time drivers that have just received their license. Congratulations! Now, as long as your budget allows, it is time to buy that first vehicle that is going to take you places that you have previously never been able to get to without the assistance of parents, friends or family.
What do you look for in your first vehicle? A smart connoisseur of used cars considers cost, fuel economy, safety, reliability and practicality before purchasing an automobile.
Most newly licensed drivers are on a fairly tight budget. With this in mind, vehicles that top the list as the best used cars for new drivers should be inexpensive to purchase and inexpensive to operate. These vehicles generally get more than thirty miles per gallon and they have low maintenance costs.
Along with being reasonably priced, the auto you choose should rank high in terms of safety. Let’s face it, you are a new driver, accidents are going to happen. You just want to take the most care in preventing one of these accidents from taking your life or mobility. Purchasing a highly rated auto when it comes to safety is the first step in doing this.
Also, these economical automobiles should be able to last. With proper care, you should be able to expect at least 200,000 miles out of the vehicle that you begin your automotive journey in.
Finally, when purchasing a pre-owned vehicle as a new driver, the automobile you choose has to be practical. As fun as those sports cars and monster sports utility vehicles may be, they simply lack the safety, gas mileage and functionality that you will need as a new driver.
Without further ado, then, here are the top three used cars for newly licensed drivers:
– Hyundai Elantra. Late models of Hyundai’s flagship compact can be purchased for around $12,000.00, and the vehicle’s four cylinder engine is relatively inexpensive to work on. The Elantra also gets an astounding 38 miles per gallon on the highway to keep that gas money in your pocket, and it comes with all wheel ABS, front, rear and side airbags and braking assist to make it very safe. As for reliability, Hyundai’s 100,000 mile powertrain warranty should put your mind to ease when considering if the Elantra will last for you.
– Nissan Versa. The Versa comes in priced around $11,000.00 for a base late model. Like the Elantra, it boasts gas mileage of 38 miles per gallon highway. Nissan’s newer subcompact is very roomy for the size of the vehicle and ranks high for safety with front, rear and side airbags and good roof strength and rear crash protection. The automobile also scores well in the subcompact category for reliability with no major problems listed concerning the 1.6 liter 4-cylinder engine or the powertrain.
– Chevy Sonic. Chevrolet’s newer subcompact also falls in the $11,000.00 range. The American ingenuity is clearly seen in this automobile, especially in the LTZ model where the livability and cabin space are a welcome surprise at this price point. The Sonic averages between 35 and 40 miles per gallon for fuel economy on its 1.8 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces a whopping 138 horsepower. As for safety, the Sonic received a perfect five-star grade in government crash testing for overall frontal protection and overall side protection. Finally, the Sonic seems to be a smart choice in terms of reliability as no major issues have surfaced with it thus far.