Yonkers, New York – The Honda Accord is the vehicle most suited to both young and old drivers, and to tall and small, according to Consumer Reports. The magazine is offering its best choices for parents and teenagers who are shopping for a car to take to school.
When looking for the right car for teenagers, including used models, Consumer Reports recommends picking cars with safety features such as electronic stability control and curtain airbags, and good crash test results.
“Often, parents think that putting their child in the biggest car is the safest thing they can do, but that’s not so,” said David Champion, senior director of the Automotive Test Center. “Teens are the most inexperienced drivers on the road, so you want to make sure they’re driving something that handles well, is agile and has as many safety features as possible, especially electronic stability control.”
In addition to naming good cars for young and older drivers, the magazine also named good picks for all sizes and types of drivers. While all the models on the list are “Recommended” by the magazine, only the Honda Accord was named suitable for younger, older, larger and smaller drivers. “When it comes to finding the right cars for seniors, we recommend vehicles that offer easy access, good visibility, a roomy driving position and comfortable seats,” Champion said.
The magazine’s picks are:
Good models for teenage drivers (electronic stability control is standard or optional, starting with the years listed below):
Small sedans: Hyundai Elantra SE (2008-2010), Mazda 3 (2007 on), Scion xB (2008 on).
Midsize sedans: Acura TSX (2004 on), Honda Accord (2008 on), Kia Optima (2007, sold in Canada as the Magentis).
Small SUVs: Honda CRV (2005 on), Nissan Rogue (2008 on).
Good models for senior drivers:
Minivans: Honda Odyssey
Small SUV: Subaru Forester XT Limited
Upscale sedan: Hyundai Azera
Family sedan: Honda Accord
Microvan: Kia Rondo