One thing young drivers are often short on is cash. So when it comes to having a vehicle to get them around campus or to commute to home or a job, they need affordable choices. Here are our picks for the most affordable cars for younger drivers (that won’t embarrass them).
Sporty and efficient, the Mazda 3 has a huge used price range from around $2,000 all the way up to $20,000. Older models are less expensive while newer versions offer features like infotainment systems, backup cameras and collision avoidance sensors. The IIHS rates its crash safety as good, the highest rating possible. This also helps keep insurance costs for this model relatively low, even for younger drivers.
When it first came out, this plug-in hybrid was relatively expensive. As the car has matured, early models have become quite affordable. Since it can operate in all-electric mode, you have the option of never buying gas if you only make short trips each day. Of course, you’ll need to find a place to plug it in, but with prices starting around $6,000, these savings are definitely something you don’t want to miss out on.
The Honda Civic has been around since 1989, but we’re going to limit our discussion to 2010 and newer models. Long known for reliability and safety, the Civic is roomy enough to carry friends but still stylish enough to be seen in. You'll also save a lot of money on gas since the Civic can get up to 42mpg. You can find older basic models starting at $3,000 and newer models above $20,000.
If you need more room for carrying stuff, a small SUV like the Ford Escape may be your perfect vehicle. Younger drivers with less experience will find it easier to handle than larger SUVs. The Escape is also available in 4-wheel drive and electric hybrid variants. Look at spending at least $2,000 for a 2012 and around $9,000 for a 2018.
Now that you know what cars are out there, where is the best place to buy? Check out Mike Duman Auto Superstore for the best selection of pre-owned vehicles. We offer financing, a full service department and even a rewards program. Take a look through our online inventory to find the perfect vehicle without having to leave the comfort of your home.