According to Chevrolet, when shopping for a vehicle for your teen there are three important factors to think about: safety, fuel economy and technology. Here are some more tips so that your teens know what features they need in their very first car.
Car Buying Tips for Teens
1. Safety: Before shopping check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for vehicle safety at www.iihs.org. This site rates vehicles on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluation of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. Vehicles that earn the highest ratings in IIHS tests are named a 'Top Safety Pick'?for the year.
An example, the Chevrolet Cruze was named Top Safety Pick for 2012, earning the highest safety ratings in each of the individual crash impact conditions. The Cruze offers more standard safety features than any other vehicle in its class, such as 10 airbags '?? including front knee airbags! I attached a photo for your review.
2. Fuel Economy: Since many teenagers will be paying for their own gas, fuel efficiency should definitely be a consideration when shopping for a new car. At www.fueleconomy.gov you can find a list of the most fuel efficient vehicles in each segment. For example, the Chevrolet Cruze Eco is the most fuel-efficient, gasoline-powered car in the United States - delivering up to 42 miles per gallon on the highway.
3. Technology: Today's car technology can help keep teen driver more connected, and safer, than ever before. For example, OnStar from General Motors offers parents peace of mind with emergency services such as automatic crash response and stolen vehicle location assistance. In addition, OnStar offers teens hands-free calling, turn-by-turn navigation, and a mobile app that allows them to unlock their car, start their car, and even check their tire pressure and fuel-tank level from their smart phone! That's a win-win situation. :)
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