Best Cars for Teens 2019
As automotive dealership staff, we can get easily lost in thinking about vehicles in terms of the center of the bell curve. What does the average buyer look for in a car or SUV? However, we always have to remember that those shopping in the center of the bell curve have the most options and often it can be those on the fringe ends of the bell curve who are left feeling like they don’t have as many options that match up to their unique wants and needs.
To people in these more niche groups, auto shopping at a dealer that is pushing only the most popular models feels like Shaquille O’Neal and his size 22 feet would walking into a Payless. Except, unlike Shaq, however, these drivers don’t have a 450-square-foot bed to come home to and take solace in. They’re just lost trying to find a vehicle at dealerships that may vary significantly in quality or pricing.
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One of these underserved demographics on both the manufacturer and dealership sides is teenage drivers. We think there are a few reasons for this that range from the simple – dealers and manufacturers just don’t understand what teenage drivers are looking for – to the more sinister – teenage drivers aren’t likely to spend a lot on their car and so profit margins are lower.
For teens, features like technology that makes communicating easy and minimally-distracting is more likely to top their list of things they want over the mainstream that may care more about cargo space or seat comfort.
For parents, many of whom are purchasing these vehicles for their teenaged children, safety, dependability and price are all huge factors.
Luckily and according to U.S. News and World Report, Kia scores big on all fronts.
What Car Should I Buy My Teen?
Having recently published their list on the best cars for teens in 2019, U.S. News and World Report named the Kia Forte as the best car for teens priced at $25,000 to $30,000. At Friendly Kia, we know you can get a great, technology-filled Forte for a lot less than that. In fact, the 2019 Kia Forte comes with the following standard features:
- 8-inch infotainment unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration
- Dual-zone automatic climate control
- Kia Drive Wise active safety feature suite
- Fuel-efficient IVT transmission (up to 40 highway MPG)
- 5-year/60,000-mile limited warranty
- 10-year/100,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
The Kia Forte also features an uncharacteristic focus on style in the mass-market compact car space, pulling design elements from the stunning Kia Stinger. It’s got so much of that desirability factor, in fact, that it recently won the J.D. Power APEAL award for the compact car segment, signifying top satisfaction among drivers with the sporty compact.
What SUV Should I Buy My Teen?
Of course, the Kia Forte wasn’t the only vehicle on the list of best cars for teens. The 2020 Kia Soul also took the spot for best SUV priced $25,000 to $30,000. Again, we know, it’s less than that at Friendly Kia.
Having made their recommendations based on factors like reliability, crash test scores, and active safety features, it’s no wonder that the Kia Soul joins the Forte to top the list.
Beyond simply its on-paper factors, however, the 2020 Kia Soul adds a commanding style to the mix that is absent from the bland range of subcompact crossovers most styled to look like a dog doing its business in your back yard.
The 2020 Kia Soul also has standard Apple CarPlay/Android Auto integration and a fuel-efficient IVT that sees the Soul leapfrog competitors for fuel-efficiency.
Safety, Reliability and Tech Set Kia’s Lineup Apart
While Kia’s lineup leads the race for offering the most features that families and adults love, it’s also got some great vehicles that have the unique features and specs that make them perfect for new, teenaged drivers. If you have any questions about vehicles on the Kia lineup or would like to schedule a test drive with a new Kia model, contact us today!