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Cars that please mom, dad and your teen


Choosing a car for your image-conscious teenager can be difficult. Sometimes the safest car isn't exactly the best looking car. We sat down with a few experts who showed us exactly what to look for when picking that perfect car for your teen.

Rhonda Jones works for Mazda and has a daughter who will soon be behind the wheel.

Jones said she would be comfortable putting her daughter in the three cars that made Consumer Report's list of suitable cars for young drivers.

Those cars are the: Mazda3 i Touring (2009 or later), Mazda3 s Sport Touring (2007 or later), Mazda6 i (4-cyl., 2009 or later). 

Jones and her daughter have had their eyes on a Mazda3 i Touring that sits just outside of Jone's office. 

"She will get a vehicle and this will be on the top of the list not just because I work here, but because I know it's a good vehicle. It's a safe vehicle and that's what I'm looking for," Jones said.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated Mazda a "Top Safety Pick for 2012". 
So, what are some of the safety features that make this vehicle safer than others?

For starters, Bluetooth, radio and cruise control are all mounted on the steering wheel, so your hands never have to leave the wheel. 

Also, the car is stocked with front, back and side curtain airbags. 

Nissan's Altima and Sentra also made Consumer Report's list. 

"Those are the two top sellers that Nissan has; our bread and butter. Six standard airbags, anti locking breaks, and you've got vehicle dynamic control," said Nissan's General Manager, Jeff Nash. 

You may be surprised that SUV's did not make the list. Consumer Reports said the more teens able to fit in the vehicle, the less safe it becomes. 

In fact, the AAA Foundation released a study that states the likelihood of  16 or 17-year-old driver being killed in a crash, per mile driven, increases with each additional young passenger in the vehicle. 

Also, SUV's are more prone to rollovers because their center of gravity is higher. 

John Richardson is a sales consultant for Mazda. He said sedans can take a turn and maneuver very well. 

These sporty and safe cars should please parents and your new driver.

According to Consumer Reports, these are the best cars for new drivers.

Acura TSX Nissan Altima (4-cyl., 2010 or later)
Chevrolet Malibu (4-cyl., 2008 or later) Nissan Sentra (2010 or later)
Ford Focus sedan (2009-2011) Scion xB (2008 or later)
Ford Fusion (4-cyl., 2010 or later) Subaru Forester (non-turbo, 2009 or later)
Honda Accord (4-cyl., 2008 or later) Subaru Impreza (non-turbo, 2009 or later)
Hyundai Elantra SE Subaru Impreza Outback Sport (2008 or later)
Hyundai Elantra Touring Subaru Legacy 2.5i (2009 or later)
Hyundai Sonata (4-cyl., 2006-2011) Toyota Camry (2010 or later)
Hyundai Sonata (non-turbo, non-hybrid, 2011- or later) Toyota Corolla (2010 or later)
Hyundai Tucson (2010 or later) Toyota Matrix (2010 or later)
Kia Forte (2010)
Toyota Prius (2010 or later)
Kia Optima (non-turbo, 2010 or later) Toyota Prius V
Kia Soul Toyota RAV4 (2004 or later, non-3rd row)
Kia Sportage (4-cyl., non-turbo, 2011 or later) Volkswagen Jetta (2007-2010)
Mazda3 i Touring (2009 or later) Volkswagen Golf (2010 or later)
Mazda3 s Sport Touring (2007 or later) Volkswagen Rabbit
Mazda6i (4-cyl., 2009 or later)  

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