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What are the top cars for teens?

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If you've got a teenager, chances are you already have some sleepless nights worrying about them. But, it hits a whole new level when they start to drive!

When looking at cars for teen drivers, there's a lot to consider: affordability, safety, insurance cost and style. So what are the top cars for teenagers? Carmax teamed up with an insurance expert and came up with the following cars:

  • Kia Soul
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Kia Forte
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Ford Fusion
  • Dodge Dart (new - under $20,000)

Links: Carmax List | Forbes List

Carmax Sales manager Robinson said teens "want something that's cosmetically appealing to them, that's going to be cool with their friends, and of course we want to put them in as much metal as possible to keep them safe."

Robinson says the cars provide good protection, and are affordable. He stresses that it is important to do your own research on a vehicle, and especially check its maintenance history if at all possible.

According to Allstate, 60 percent of parents say they're budgeting even less these days for their teen's vehicles. Remember, added safety features, like hands-free Bluetooth and extra airbags, can cut down on insurance costs.

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