10 best cars for young drivers 2013

Cheap, safe and reliable -- that's what parents look for when buying a car for their teen. Here are 10 that fit the bill.

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Aug 7, 2013 7:24PM

These are new, or near new cars. You call them affordable???? For young people who do not make much money and have student debt?


It appears that someone paid you to pawn off specific cars to the young.


If your intentions were more honorable, you might mention reliable brands of cars that are 5 to 10 years old. Ones that have been taken care of.

Aug 7, 2013 7:44PM

Comeon!!  A Lincoln MKZ for a "recent grad, high school student or college student"????  Which by the way averages $18K PFFTT!! And all the others are all 2010's - 2013's costing over $10K!?!?!  My first car, that I was lucky to have was, at the time, a 12 yr old Ford Maverick with almost 100K miles on it. It only cost $1200 and the only thing "electronically operated or digital was the AM/FM/Cassette Pioneer stereo amp and 4 speaker system I immediately upgraded to from the factory AM radio. OK I just dated myself by saying/admitting cassette and only 4 speakers LOL!

Aug 7, 2013 9:49PM

Who wrote this article? The Prime Minister of Japan?


Affordable? Since when does a kid who barely graduated from high school have enough money to buy a new $24,000 car? My first car cost $100,  and it took me a year to save up enough to buy it.

Aug 8, 2013 8:48AM
Seriously...an almost new car for a high school kid. Whoever wrote this needs to come back to the real world.  Nobody with any brains spends that much money on a car for someone who is just learning to drive. With very few exceptions no one gets through high scool without having at least a minor scrape with a car. Buy them a beater, then when they prove themselves responsible drivers, and have some income coming in, help them buy their first nice car as a reward for doing a good job.
Aug 7, 2013 7:53PM
My19 your old son just purchased a 2005 Mazda3. What a nice car. He did all of the searching and  test driving. Yes, I am a proud Dad. I can't believe how safe it feels,  and the handling is really outstanding.
Aug 8, 2013 7:41AM
I told my girlfriend that she should let her son GET A JOB. Then buy his OWN car like I did when I was 16. It turned into a fight. LOL 
Aug 8, 2013 9:49AM

Just another article written by a completely out-of-touch author, who obviously has no concept of what the real world is like!  Just because your daddy bought you a new mercedes on your 16th birthday, doesn't mean that the rest of the world works like that sweetheart!


Find me a safe and reliable car for less than $3000, and then you'll earn some recognition!


Aug 7, 2013 9:30PM



You and your son picked a practical car for his age. It is recent enough to have a lot of life left in it, and did not cost an arm and a leg.




Your experience is more common for most folks. An old car that is still practical and simpler to work on.


Jessica Anderson, you are either a spoiled child of wealthy parents, or a tool. Shame on you.

Aug 11, 2013 5:10PM
The best car for teens is a 2 seat sports car with a manual transmission. With only 2 seats they won't be driving all their friends around, which can be distracting and dangerous. With a manual transmission they wont have a free hand to hold the phone or text, and the insurance premiums on a sports car will leave them very little money to waste on booze, drugs, cigarettes, or anything else that might cause trouble...
Aug 8, 2013 11:33AM

Wow. I'm looking for a 2010-1013 auto for ny next vehicle - not for my 16 year old!


Aug 8, 2013 1:15PM

I just realized that MSN sourced this article from Kiplinger magazine. Kiplinger's is read by the wealthy. For them, buying a late-model car for their teenager is no problem at all.


This is for the rich and famous, not for the mere mortal.

Aug 8, 2013 1:52PM

Wow! New grads are doing a whole lot better than when I was one!!!!  Sarcasm.....

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