The Best Used Cars to Buy If You Just Got Your License

If you are a new driver, congratulations on getting your license. Now, you need to think about what type of vehicle to buy. Ideally, you’ll choose a used car that isn’t overly expensive, and is reliable and safe while still being fun to drive.

With the new driver in mind, we have evaluated several used vehicles, and our choices are the Honda Fit, Mazda3, Toyota Tacoma, Hyundai Elantra Coupe, and Subaru Forester.

  • Honda Fit: Honda has long been known for small cars that are reliable, economical and still fun to drive. The Fit is remarkably roomy for a micro, and with the rear folding seats, you can actually carry quite a bit of cargo. If you’re moving to a college dorm, this is a great feature.

  • Mazda3: The Mazda3 is safe, reliable and affordable. It performs well in crash tests, and delivers significant fuel economy. The interior is very stylish, so if you like the look of a more expensive vehicle, but you’re on a budget, a used Mazda3 could be the perfect choice.

  • Toyota Tacoma: If you prefer a truck, but don’t want something quite as big as a Tundra or an F-150, the Tacoma is a great choice for a new driver. It’s not so big as to feel overwhelming, and you can park it easily. The Tacoma also shares the Toyota reputation for reliability.

  • Hyundai Elantra Coupe: You may as well enjoy an impractical car while you can, before you end up with kids and responsibilities. This stylish car is well-built and comfortable, and serves the main purpose of a coupe, which is basically to look good. You’ll like it.

  • Subaru Forester: Every Subaru, with the exception of the BRZ, features all-wheel drive. This little SUV goes pretty much anywhere you want to go, handles well in bad weather, and drives more like a car than an SUV, which makes it ideal for new drivers.

Every new driver is a bit different. Whether you prefer a zippy (but not too zippy - remember, you’re a new driver) little car, an attractive coupe, or a sturdy truck you’ll find the right vehicle for you on this list.


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