5 – Subaru Impreza 2.0i


Apart from buying used, the Impreza is the second more affordable choice only the list, only beaten by the Kia Soul on cost. However, it comes with standard all-wheel drive, like none of the above, and its arguably a lot more stylish than the Soul.

One of its main characteristics one should highlight is that, according to Consumer Reports, this model’s reliability is 53% above the average car sold today, so your teen is less likely to find themselves stranded needing roadside assistance. Its engine is perfectly sized; a 2-liter 4-cylinder generating 148 horsepower.