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Top Five Cars For Teens: by the Cars.com Editorial Team

Posted by: Jennifer Morand

When car shopping for a teen driver, safety features and reliability should be high on the must-have list, but that doesn’t mean the car has to be boring. What is important is that the car is easy to drive, gets good fuel economy and doesn’t cost a ton to insure. To help reduce driver distraction, it’s also a good idea to find a vehicle that is equipped with a Bluetooth connection.

Below are Cars.com’s top five picks.

1. 2013 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s compact car offers an impressive blend of value, fuel efficiency and stylish good looks. Standard features like iPod connectivity and air conditioning will keep drivers and passengers happy, and sedan, coupe and hatchback body styles widen its appeal. Hyundai's strong warranty program also offers parents and teens peace of mind.

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2. 2013 Honda Fit

This subcompact is a lot larger inside than it looks outside. The Honda Fit’s unique folding backseat makes it surprisingly versatile for both passengers and cargo. This five-passenger hatchback also tops our list because it’s maneuverable, reliable and fuel efficient.

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3. 2013 Kia Soul

Not everyone is interested in driving a box on wheels, but those willing to think inside the box will find a lot to like about the Kia Soul. Aside from its fun styling, the five-seater offers a roomy cabin, a commanding view of the road thanks to a tall seating position and an engaging driving experience. Standard features like Bluetooth and odd-ball options like the lighted stereo speakers keep the drive interesting. Plus, it’s cool enough for hip-hop hamsters.

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4. 2013 Subaru Impreza

Subaru’s compact car is one of the most affordable all-wheel-drive cars out there. It’s a good choice for first-time drivers who need the extra capability that comes with all-wheel drive. Sedan and hatchback body styles also make it more versatile than a lot of similarly sized vehicles.

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5. 2013 Scion xD

Toyota’s youth-oriented brand offers a lineup full of expressive looking vehicles; our pick is the xD. The compact hatchback has decent gas mileage, an affordable base price and a competitive list of standard features. Scion also offers a number of ways for owners to personalize the car, from two-tone paint options to graphics packages.

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