If you're looking into getting a new or used car after you get your driver's license, you'll want to scope out the best rides on the market. There are a lot of factors to consider -- like safety, handling, fuel economy, and yes, looks -- but thankfully, Consumer Reports has done the legwork for you.
According to the magazine, car crashes are the No 1. killer of teens, so you'll want a car with the best safety features. Look for things like electronic stability control, antilock brakes, curtain air bags and good crash-test results. You'll also want a car with good fuel economy so you're not burning through your cash flow for gas.
Although trucks, large SUVs and sports cars look cool, they're actually not your best bet. SUVs have high centers of gravity, making them more likely to roll over, while sports cars have a higher rate of accidents than other cars. You're also looking at higher insurance rates for these vehicles, too.
So what's left? Quite a bit, actually. Whether you're into a sedan or a small SUV, there are 14 cars that rank high up on the list and meet Consumer Reports' criteria. Check out the Volkswagen Jetta 2.5 (2006-), the Toyota Prius (2004-) or the Honda CR-V (2005-). They're all sweet rides, that don't compromise looks for great safety and handling features.