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8 Safest New Cars for Young Drivers

March 5, 2015

When it comes to young drivers behind the wheel, safety is paramount. At the same time, there's also financial concerns to consider since younger drivers -- or their guardians -- may have a strict budget to abide by.

Consumer Reports recently compiled a list of vehicles they recommend for young drivers - all of which can be had for $30,000 or less. Vehicles on the list include the Mazda Mazda3, Subaru Forester and Toyota Camry.

When you're ready to purchase a new car, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see the best prices being offered in your local area.

Safest New Cars for Young Drivers

VehicleBase MSRP Price Range
Mazda Mazda3$16,945-$26,595
Subaru Impreza$18,195-$23,295
Mazda CX-5$21,545-$29,220
Subaru XV Crosstrek$21,595-$29,295
Subaru Legacy$21,695-$29,595
Subaru Forester$22,195-$33,095
Toyota Camry$22,970-$31,370
Toyota Prius$24,200-$34,905

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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