U.S. News & World Report Unveils the Best New Cars for Teens

WASHINGTON, Aug. 22, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Cars for Families and Best Cars for the Money, today unveiled the Best New Cars for Teens. The eight models have the best combination of reliability, crash protection, accident avoidance features and critic recommendations.

The 2017 Best New Cars for Teens


Price Range

2017 Toyota Corolla

$20,000 and under

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

$20,000 to $25,000

2017 Hyundai Elantra

$25,000 to $30,000

2018 Chevrolet Malibu

$30,000 to $35,000

2017 Toyota Avalon

$35,000 to $40,000

SUVs and Crossovers

Price Range

2017 Honda CR-V

$25,000 to $30,000

2017 Subaru Outback

$30,000 to $35,000

2017 Kia Sorento

$35,000 to $40,000

“While driving is a rite of passage for many teens, it’s also a major source of worry for parents,” says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “We selected cars with top-of-the-line safety features, including accident prevention and crash protection technologies, as well as features that allow parents to track their new drivers.”

The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Sorento both have smartphone apps that send parents alerts when a car goes over a set speed, outside a set geographic area or is driven after a certain time of day. The Chevrolet Malibu and Chevrolet Cruze include a Teen Driver system that gives parents a report card on their teen’s actions behind the wheel, while the Subaru Outback has automatic rear braking, which can stop a car automatically prior to a collision while reversing.

All 2017 Best New Cars for Teens have forward collision warning and automatic braking, which can slow or stop a car when a potential collision is detected and lane departure warning, which alerts the driver if the car strays out of its lane. Lane keeping assist, which can also help keep the car in its lane, is available on the Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra, Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Malibu, Subaru Outback, and Toyota Avalon.

To be named one of the Best New Cars for Teens, a vehicle has to have the best combination of reliability ratings, crash test scores, available advanced driver assistance features and top critics’ recommendations in the U.S. News Best Cars rankings in its price category.

Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings for the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News also publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Vehicle Brands, Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families. U.S. News Best Cars had over 65 million visitors over the past year, with the majority of consumers actively shopping for a car. Eighty percent of active shoppers reported that the U.S. News Best Cars site influenced their car purchasing decision.

About U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report is a digital news and information company that empowers people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. Focusing on Education, Health, Personal Finance, Real Estate, Travel, Cars and News & Opinion, www.usnews.com provides consumer advice, rankings, news and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 30 million people visit www.usnews.com each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

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