The Best Used Cars to Buy for Teenagers

If you’ve decided that you’re ready to purchase a used car for your teenager, then you’re probably pretty picky about what you’re looking for. Likely affordability, safety, and fuel economy are high on the list. With that said we’ve put together a list of the top five best used cars to buy for teenagers.

Must-haves

  • Must be great where fuel economy is concerned
  • Has a proven track record for safety
  • Is easy to handle on the road, and simple to park
  • Is budget-friendly
  • Must be reliable

Top five cars

  • Hyundai Elantra: Hyundai is well-known for providing reasonably priced vehicles and the company offers an impressive warranty on its vehicles for five years. The Elantra is a step up from the Accent, offering a bit more room for passengers and cargo, and a few more standard features. Where this car really shines is fuel economy. The 2014 model posted on Kelley Blue Book has it listed as city 27/ highway 37/mpg giving you a lot of bang for your buck.

  • Ford Focus: Here's a sporty little compact car that will please the teenager in your house, and not break the bank in the process. Consumer Reports described this one as "better-than-average reliability and crash test scores" on the 2009-2011 models. Meanwhile Kelley Blue Book describes the interior as "modern", exactly what teenagers are looking for.

  • Honda CR-V: If you like the idea of an SUV for your teenager this Honda CR-V is a great option. No matter what year you're looking at in this vehicle you can count on it being a comfortable ride as far as roominess goes, and its relatively good fuel economy. Kelley Blue Book lists its fuel economy as city 23/ highway 31 mpg.

  • Kia Sorento: Teenagers will love the look of this vehicle with its modern lines and many standard features, yet mom and dad will love this SUV's fuel economy, price tag, and the warranty. Kelley Blue Book classifies this vehicle as a midsize SUV, so there's also the peace of mind that it is a larger vehicle.

  • Toyota Tundra: If your teen is hoping for a truck then the Toyota Tundra is a great way to go. Just be warned that this one isn't great on fuel, especially if you're looking at the V8 model of it.

Final thoughts

There is no shortage of options that are safe, handle well, and offer great fuel economy for your teenagers.


Schedule Pre-purchase Car Inspection
Service Area

$99.00

Upfront, Transparent Price
Average rating from 4,587 customers who received a Pre-purchase Car Inspection.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Excellent Auto Repair Ratings.

4.2 Average Rating

Auto Repair

Service Hours

7 AM - 9 PM

7 days a week

Phone Number

Phone Hours

Mon - Fri / 6 AM - 5 PM PST

Sat - Sun / 7 AM - 4 PM PST

Address

We come to you at no extra charge

Guarantee

12-month/12,000-mile warranty

Service Area

Recent Pre-purchase Car Inspection reviews

Excellent Rating


YourMechanic Pre-purchase Car Inspection Service

Average Rating

4.9/5

Number of Reviews

4,587

Rating Summary
4,272
173
35
34
73
4,272
173
35
34
73

Chris

21 years of experience
1842 reviews
Chris
21 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Irvine, California
Smooth experience, was able to communicate succinctly and arrived early to the appointment. Thoroughly completed the 50-point check and gave me his professional opinion. His report on the vehicle reflected knowledge on the vehicle, along with giving me his own estimate on the pricing. Definitely helped me with my purchase.
Audi A4 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Corona, California
Chris was great. He was early to the appointment, very communicative (responsive almost immediately for text and calls). He did a pre-purchase inspection for me on a car, and I was not able to attend the inspection. He was extremely honest with his feedback regarding both the car and the quality of the sale in general. I'm not a "car-person" and I felt like I could ask him anything and everything and not worry about coming across as stupid. I felt much better about my purchase after he was able to look at the car and give me his report.

Anderson

26 years of experience
65 reviews
Anderson
26 years of experience
Toyota Camry - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Jamaica, New York
Anderson was great! I was unsure about my purchase because of the year and the condition. Anderson's inspection really put everything into perspective. Thank you!
Land Rover LR4 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Little Neck, New York
Anderson is amazing! A previous mechanic was no-call/no-show through this site when I was at the dealership, so I was skeptical of the service. However, but I'm glad I gave it another go and Anderson came through the next day! HUGE thanks to him for arriving early, being thorough, and most importantly, communicating with me as I was not able to be in-person for the inspection. Thank you, Anderson!

Jason

14 years of experience
215 reviews
Jason
14 years of experience
Dodge Charger - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Carteret, New Jersey
Jason came on time, explained the procedure and immediately started the pre-purchase inspection on my 2012 Dodge Charger. Very thorough, very knowledgeable! I’ll be using YourMechanic for the suggested maintenance and repairs.
Nissan Rogue - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Linden, New Jersey
I truly appreciate Jason’s professionalism and the fact that he was quite detailed in his inspection of my vehicle. As a result, I now feel much more confident in my purchase and will utilize Jason’s services in the future.

Pierre

8 years of experience
109 reviews
Pierre
8 years of experience
Subaru Impreza - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Revere, Massachusetts
My husband and I had Pierre take a look at a car for us before we bought it. He was super communicative with us, letting us know that he was running behind and would be a little late. When he did the inspection the guys at dealership were very impressed by Pierre and his thoroughness. After his inspection he gave us a full list of what he found and his professional opinion on the vehicle. Pierre's assessment gave us the confidence to purchase the car.
Hyundai Elantra - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Arlington, Massachusetts
Was running a bit late but called well ahead to let me know. Extremely professional, would recommend to anybody in the area. 10/10

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.

GET A QUOTE