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When your teenager first starts driving, it can be one of the most nerve wracking and anxious times for a parent. In addition to hoping that your teen won’t be distracted by their phone or talking in the car, you also want them to drive in a safe vehicle. The U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families recently announced the 2016 Best Cars for Teens.

“Having a new driver in the family is both exciting and nerve-wracking,” says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “Although it’s expensive, parents should consider investing in newer models because they have many more safety features than cars made just five years ago. The 2016 Best Cars for Teens are some of the safest options on the road, giving parents a little peace of mind.”

According to Trafficsafetymarkting.gov motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the U.S. And in 2014, there were 2,614 teen (15-19 year old) passenger vehicle drivers involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured. And out of those accidents only 25 percent of parents talked to their kids about safe driving. Their “5 to Drive” campaign recommends that parents talk to their teens about wearing a seat belt and avoiding alcohol, too many drivers in the car, phone distractions, and driving too fast. It may also be helpful to show them prevention videos online and statistics on teens who have had accidents from texting or drunk driving.

The list highlights six cars and SUVs that include budget friendly options starting at $20,000 and going up to over $40,000. And to slightly lessen parental worries some of the cars on the list feature parental technology that allows parents to set geographic and speed limits using an app. The top picks from The 2016 Best Cars for Teens have advanced safety features like rearview cameras and parking sensors as well as new technology and top crash test scores.

Chevrolet

Chevrolet

Chevrolet Sonic-Best Under $20,000

Seats 5

Pros & Cons

+Crisp handling

+Composed ride

+Lively turbocharged engine

+Generous rear-seat and cargo space

+Superior crash test ratings

-Con-Base model’s unimpressive fuel economy

Kia

Kia

Kia Soul-Best $20,000 to $25,000

Pros & Cons

+Ample cargo and passenger space

+Premium cabin

+Lots of available features

+Long powertrain warranty

-Sluggish acceleration with base engine

-Low fuel economy for the class

Mazda

Mazda

Mazda Mazda3-Best $25,000 to $30,000

Seats 5
Pros & Cons

+Zippy handling

+Outstanding fuel economy

+High-quality interior

+Simple infotainment system

-Limited space in the back seats

Hyundai

Hyundai

Hyundai Sonata-Best $30,000 to $35,000

Seats 5

Pros & Cons

+Good fuel economy

+Spacious rear seats

+Large trunk

+User-friendly infotainment system

+Good projected reliability

-Trunk opening is a bit narrow

Ford

Ford

Ford Fusion Hybrid-Best $35,000 to $40,000

Seats 5

Pros & Cons

+Modern interior

+Comfortable seats

+Smooth transitions from electric to gas power

+Surprisingly nimble

-Infotainment system responds slowly

-Touchy brakes

Nissan

Nissan

Nissan Murano-Best $40,000 and over

Seats 5

+Upscale interior

+Very comfortable seats

+User-friendly tech features

+Good fuel economy for a V6 SUV

+Excellent safety ratings

-Limited rearward visibility

-Some alternatives are more athletic

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