In our Reality Check segment this week GM cars were the favorites for the IIHS newly minted list of recommended used cars for teen drivers.
So what kind of cars do you think an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety might suggest we put our teenagers in? Well here are a few examples.
The 2011 Buick Regal and 2010 Buick LaCrosse topped the list offering plenty of room for friends and sports gear. What teen wouldn’t be proud to take their significant other to the prom in one of these.
Also making the list was the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu and 2012 Buick Verano, again cars that while teens haven’t yet tested in games like Need For Speed, offer up a sporty character and better fuel economy.
SUV’s even made the list, offering the kind of adventure and active lifestyle imagery that plays well in the hearts of youth who want for a vehicle perfect for tailgating with friends at football games and homecoming parades.
These included the 2011 Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Chevrolet Traverse three-row crossovers. The 2008 Saturn Vue crossover also made the list, though it is now out of production.
Of course, these vehicles likely offer more passenger capacity than most states’ laws allow for teens to actually have with them when they’re under 18. But they do have plenty of room for band equipment and pep rally gear.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve heard the many cars my teenagers actually want and don’t recall any of these once coming up in conversation.