In the 60s, the Beach Boys glorified the teenage sense of liberation that comes along with having your own car. Today, cars are still at the forefront of teenage minds, but with the inflated cost of cars, it is important to choose your vehicle wisely, keeping in mind future depreciation and aesthetic longevity. Here are five cars that will withstand the test of time for fifteen years or more.
Recently, the Civic was named as one of KBB.com’s “Top 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000” of 2013, as well as being a 2014 IIHS Top Safety Pick. Considering the numerous trims available, from the sporty Si-model to the hybrid, and the Civic meets all requirements for a good first car.
The advantages of having a pickup truck are the same for everyone, but those advantages have a higher value for young drivers. Feel safe knowing that your teen won’t bust up the undercarriage while flying into driveways. Four-wheel drive options, starting just under $22,000, can allow for more freedom when inclement weather is a factor. A Surrey, BC transmission repair specialist praises the Tacoma for its safety and durability—both qualities which go far when it comes to teenage drivers. Add the benefits of young drivers being able to haul cargo when venturing outside of the household, and the reliability of Toyota vehicles in general, and the result is an independent young driver with no shortage of friends.
This trendy European sub-compact has invaded American cities, and is a great fit for the teen looking to make city living a priority. Getting over 30 miles per gallon in the city, the 500 is an ideal fit for the pump-wary buyer—one that young urban-minded socialites can grow into.
Audi A3 Sedan
Turbocharged four-cylinder engine options will bring out the inner teen in anyone, and the Quattro all-wheel drive system will keep all four tires safely planted on the asphalt. Although the A3 is more expensive (the base model is just under $30,000), its status as a luxury car gives it potential to easily stick around in your teen’s life for more than a decade.
This American classic has been captivating teens and creating lifelong fans for generations. A huge factor for the Wrangler making the list is the relatively small amount of change in the models over time. The subtle differences will keep the Wrangler “cool” for longer, and the legendary off-road capabilities will stoke the adventurous spirit in a teenager.
American teens are still enthralled by the opportunity to hit the open road. The cars listed above will all easily last your teen’s growth into adulthood for fifteen years or more.
Informational Credit to 99 Truck Parts & Industrial Equipment Ltd.