As West Michigan Honda Dealers, we get quite a few parents coming into our dealership looking for a car for their teen. Whether it’s for the sixteenth birthday or graduation, there’s one common question we get “what’s the best car for my teen?

We can’t give you a definitive answer, but we can point the way for you. Most of us agree that an economical, affordable, practical choice is the best option for a teenager, and if you’re buying them something new, we recommend the 2014 Honda Civic.

Why We Suggest the Civic

Not only is the Civic fuel efficient—the Civic LX with continuously variable transmission gets an EPA-estimated 39 mpg on the highway*—but your kids will get the latest in technology behind the wheel as well. Honda includes amenities like

  • Bluetooth for phone and audio
  • Touchscreen infotainment system
  • Steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Rearview camera

All of which can help your young driver stay better focused on the road rather than fumbling around with their phone while driving. While competing vehicles like the 2014 Dodge Dart may be attractive for a variety of reasons, we’ve found that they just don’t hold up to the Civic in a side-by-side comparison.

Safety First

Not only does the Civic come out ahead in features, but in safety as well. The 2014 Honda Civic Sedan earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, earning the top score of “good” in all five IIHS safety tests.

Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer for More

Whether you want to bring your teen in to take a look or not, we think you should definitely take a test drive of a 2014 Honda Civic before making any decisions—don’t be surprised if you find it hard to hand over the keys to your young driver, though.

Visit a West Michigan Honda Dealer today and let us put you behind the wheel.

*Based on 2014 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on driving conditions, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, battery-pack age/condition (for hybrids), and other factors.

West Michigan Honda Dealers includes Battle Creek Honda, Betten Honda, Crown Honda, Fox Honda, River Town Honda, and Zeigler Honda.