How to Choose the Best Vehicle for a Teen Driver

Do you have a child who is approaching driving age? If so, you might be asking yourself, “What’s the best vehicle for a teen driver?” We have the answer…

No High Performance

A performance vehicle with lots of quickness–and we are talking more than 300 horsepower–is probably not a good idea for a teen driver. Performance vehicles normally have touchier throttles and this can be unwieldy for a teen. On the other hand, an old beater that can’t get out of its own way can actually be a safety liability. Find a happy medium when it comes to performance!

Tech-Savvy

Though it may seem like a tech-savvy vehicle would prove to be more distracting, this may not be the case. Hands-free calling and voice commands for entertainment help teens keep their hands on the wheel.

Safety

Of course, the most important feature when it comes to deciding the best vehicle for a teen driver is safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the organizations responsible for testing the overall and crashworthiness of vehicles. Based their ratings, they’ve created a list of vehicles that have passed with a Good rating here. It’s the best place to begin your search!

2016 Kia Optima

2016 Kia Optima – In IIHS’ List of Best Vehicles for Teens

Kia Safety Technologies Win Top Safety Pick Plus on New Sportage

Kia is raking in the awards, including the prestigious safety award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). In fact, the 2017 Kia Sportage recently received the Top Safety Pick+ award, demonstrating that this model is among the safest on the highway.

2016 Kia Sportage

2016 Kia Sportage

This rating reflects top scores in each of the five crashworthiness tests, including driver assist technologies which aid in preventing crashes. According to the automaker, Kia safety technologies include features like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), and Bi-HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) technology, high-beam assist (HBA), and front and rear parking assist.

“The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is one of the most recognized and respected organizations in the industry when it comes to evaluating vehicle safety, and as such, the Top Safety Pick Plus designation is a significant achievement,” said Orth Hedrick, vice president of product planning for Kia.  “We are especially proud to have our all-new Sportage earn that TSP+ rating in light of IIHS’ new, more challenging standards, validating the efforts of our engineers and the priority we place on safety.”

The Sportage is available with all the latest technologies, as well as an intelligent design. The body is rigid, and it has been carefully engineered to protect passengers in the event of a crash. The new Sportage is ideal for families and drivers who always make safety a top priority.

Kia Shows Off 2017 Sportage Exterior

2016 Kia Sportage

Current Kia Sportage Available at Gossett Kia

Kia recently unveiled the first official images of the 2017 Sportage exterior. The compact SUV is entering its fourth generation and is slated to make its world debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in mid-September.

The new Sportage was designed with modern fighter jets in mind, and that source of inspiration shines through in the car’s slick lines and smooth angles. From the side, the Sportage looks very similar to previous models, but the angular headlights, wrap-around LED taillights, and tiger-nose grille all lend the SUV a more aggressive edge. Its wider nose and sleek, horizontal shapes aim to give the Sportage exterior a more stable stance.

The 2017 Sportage exterior was designed by Kia’s European studio in Frankfurt, Germany, though the team drew input from the company’s design studios in Korea and California. They worked together seamlessly to create a sportier, more muscular SUV while still retaining the Sportage’s overall shape and Kia’s signature look.