Searching for a car as a first time driver is a bit different than looking for one when you are more experienced behind the wheel. You will want something that is highly intuitive to use, has safety features to watch your back, and is affordable. After all, you don’t want to splurge on a vehicle when you aren’t sure what type you will prefer yet. First time drivers would do well to consider one of the following affordable and safe models.


First time drivers who want a hatchback should definitely check out the Honda Fit. It is ideal for those drivers who know they like to bring a lot with them and the rear seats can fold down or flip up for true cargo versatility. The available Honda LaneWatch system gives everyone involved peace of mind by providing you with an extra set of eyes.


If you are a first time driver who wants to check out an SUV, the HR-V is a great choice. Its subcompact rating allows for 31 mpg combined and easy maneuverability. It also comes standard with a rearview camera and plenty of other features. Just keep in mind that with a starting price of just over $20,000, it is a bit more expensive than some of the other models on this list, although still definitely affordable.


The Hyundai Elantra is certainly affordable, starting at just $17,150. Its compact size makes it a great choice for new drivers as they learn to maneuver with ease. Safety isn’t a concern with this model, either, as it offers Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, a feature that helps it earn the title of a 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick+.


The 2017 Toyota Yaris iA is the former Scion iA that the Toyota lineup absorbed. This subcompact sedan’s size makes it highly maneuverable and easy to park whether or not you have years of experience doing so. Even with a starting price below $17,000, the Yaris iA comes loaded with features that ensure you don’t feel like you are missing out. These include a 7-inch multimedia display and push button start. To help with safety, the Yaris iA has excellent ratings in crash tests, a backup camera, and a low-speed collision warning system that includes automatic emergency braking.

Check out these and other new cars that are great for first time drivers when you explore our inventory.

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