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Choosing Your Teen’s First Car

We were provided with a test vehicle from Kia.

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I am just five years away from purchasing my oldest sons first car, and choosing a first car for my teen is one of the most important purchases that my husband and I will make. Safety is one of the biggest features we are looking at in a car, but we are also concerned about finding an economy and environmentally friendly car for him. We have fond memories of driving our hatch back cars loaded with college gear after high school, and a fuel economy car was the #1 priority for us as young adults. Since we are hoping for his first car to last him through College, the 2013 Kia Rio SX, is a car that we have spent researching for his first car.

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We took a 2013 Kia Rio SX for a week to test as a car choice for our sons first car. When the car first arrived, I immediately fell in love with its sleek body style. The car has a large trunk, and the backseats completely fold down for a larger trunk space. I can just imagine my son laying in the trunk watching a drive-in movie with his friends in High School.

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If my son is to take after my driving habits, I can guarantee that he will have monthly calls to the AAA for running out of gas. This car solves that entire problem, by having an LED screen that advises exactly how many miles are left on the gas tank until empty. I will never have to worry about him running out of gas when driving this car.

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When it comes to safety, this car has gotten four overall stars in the 5-star government safety rankings. It has dual front advanced safety airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, 3-point seatbelts, anti-lock brakes, traction control, and electronic stability control.

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I have not found a car yet with as good of fuel economy as this car. It gets 33 miles per gallon with 30 in the city, and 40 on the highway. The estimated annual fuel cost is just $1,600 a year for maintaining this car. It also comes with a 10 year, 100,000 mile limited powertrain warranty.

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Now those are all the features that my husband and I are looking for in a car, but my son is concerned about the sound system. Music is the #1 thing that my teen loves, and he liked the USB, and Auxiliary input jacks so that he could plug his ipod in to listen to all of his music.

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The car also has a safety feature allowing teens to change the channel on the radio or their playlist right on the steering wheel. They can also use the buttons to answer phone calls on the wireless Bluetooth or operate the cruise control.

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The 2013 Kia Rio SX is a top choice when choosing your teen’s first car. It has a starts MSRP of $17.700.00, and the car we tested was priced at $21,340.00.

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