If you’re the parent of a newly-licensed driver, we know that finding the perfect car for them can be a challenge. There are many factors to consider when buying a car for your teenager, with affordability, practicality and safety at the forefront. At Steve Landers Auto Group, we offer many different vehicles at our dealerships that would make the perfect first car for your teen. Here, we’ve outlined a few for you and your new driver to consider! 


2020 Kia Rio


Starting Price: $15,850

Fuel Efficiency: 33 mpg city, 41 mpg highway

Engine: 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission


The 2020 Kia Rio is a practical, efficient and affordable subcompact sedan. There are two available trims: the LX and S. The LX is available in three colors: Clear White, Aurora Black and Silky Silver. The Kia Rio S is available in Clear White, Phantom Gray, Currant Red, Silky Silver, Deep Sea Blue and Aurora Black. It has a stylish and sophisticated exterior that your teen will love, and standard technology features they’ll appreciate like a seven-inch touchscreen display with AM/FM radio, USB/Auxiliary MP3 capability and Bluetooth audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The 2020 Rio is an IIHS 2019 top safety pick when equipped with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and LED headlights, so parents can rest assured their new driver will be safe. 


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2021 Chevrolet Trailblazer 


Starting Price: $19,000

Fuel Efficiency: 31 MPG combined

Engine: 1.2-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine or 1.3-liter turbocharged three-cylinder


The 2021 Trailblazer may seem like a bit of a splurge for your teenager, but it comes with some invaluable technology designed to help you monitor their driving habits. The Teen Driver Technology system helps you coach your new driver, even when you’re not there. It has features like Buckle to Drive, which requires your teen to buckle up before they can shift out of park, and even speed and audio volume limits to keep them focused. Plus, the system creates a report card so you can review their driving habits later! 


As for the standard specs, the Trailblazer offers available all-wheel drive, up to 54.4 cubic feet of cargo space, and a standard infotainment system with 7-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth audio streaming and voice command. You may love it so much that you’ll make them sit in the passenger seat! 


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2020 Toyota Corolla 

Starting Price: $19,600

Fuel Efficiency: 32 MPG Combined

Engine: Standard 139 horsepower 1.8-liter engine or available 168 horsepower 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine. 


As one of Toyota’s most popular models, the Corolla is well-known for its reliability, efficiency and practicality. It has a sharp, athletic appearance with exterior color options your teen will enjoy. Inside, the Corolla is equipped with all the tech features your Gen-Z kid desires: a standard eight-inch touchscreen with Android Auto, Apple Carplay, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth connectivity and even advanced voice recognition. As for safety features, you can count on the Corolla to keep your new driver safe with standard Toyota Safety Sense technology and a five-star safety rating from the NHTSA! 


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Are you and your teen ready to come find the perfect first car for them? Browse our online inventory and find a Landers Dealership near you. We’ll be ready to help you out!


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