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Best Car for a new teenage driver
I am not all that concerned about mpg, as she will not be driving it much - just back and forth to school, and to soccer practice (local). I guess it's possible she could put 20 miles/day on it, but that is on the high side. And it's likely that in a year or so, she will be shuttling her younger sister around, a bit.
I would like it to have AWD, as we have a place in the mountains and she may need to drive it up there in the winter.
I am leaning toward a small wagon, but I want it to be safe, as we live in California which means a fair share of freeway driving.
Yes, I am willing to buy used, and I don't necessarily expect her to take this vehicle to college. I can hand this one down to her younger sister and get her a different, higher MPG vehicle for college, if she even needs a car for college. (I didn't have one, and it wasn't a disaster.)
Oh, and let's keep the dollar limit at $20k.
Used Volvo V50?
Really used Volvo V70?
Am curious if any of you would recommend an SUV, as I believe teens should not drive SUVs as I don't believe they are likely to know how to handle them. I think the rollover risk is less in a convertible. We use a particularly dangerous section of freeway, notorious for overturns, so I'd like to miminize the potential for that.