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by a.adegbenro / August 19, 2006 4:06 PM PDT

Hello, I have researched many cars that I can buy for my son. I want to try to get a new car that has curtain (back and front), front, and side airbags, that has a good government safety rating, and is under $21,000. I am leaning towards a midsize car, preferbly a Honda Accord or the Hyundai Sonata. Can someone please help me?

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Try a VW Rabbit , Jetta, or pontiac grand prix
by techfreack / August 22, 2006 12:37 PM PDT
In reply to: Teen Driver

the rabbit is relatively safe but its proven that the VW Jetta (new one) and the pontiac grand prix are some of the safest cars on the road. you might wanna check out the rabbit, im not quite sure where ur son stands on hatchbacks but the pontiac's a winner as is the jetta. hope that helped


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by jpr / September 4, 2006 12:01 AM PDT

If safety is priority, don't go for the Grand Prix. It is not as safe.
Go to, and this is where you will find the best safety ratings. It is not govenment. The govenment ratings are out-dated and not strict enough for today's cars.
I would recromend the Subaru Legacy. It achieved the highest possible rating on IIHS, it has standard AWD, and starts at approx. $21,000.
Sonata, Accord, and 2007 Altima are good choices, too.
You do want a car with Electronic Stability Control.

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IIHS might be biased
by gaog66 / September 17, 2006 11:38 PM PDT
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Those crash tests are against a wall, and chance for us to hit a wall is not that high. Those cars with very soft steel will achieve a high score when hitting the wall in IIHS, but what if they got hit by a car with strong steel?

So we need to think of the safety when our car collide with another car. In that case I still prefer SAAB or Volvo, who have solid built. They might not perform that well when hitting a wall (because the steel is not soft), but they will surely protect you much better in reality on the road.

Yes ESC is a must!

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(NT) What are you talking about?
by jpr / September 22, 2006 9:22 AM PDT
In reply to: IIHS might be biased

No, a car w/ soft steel will do worse, b/c the occupant cabin will be compromised.
They use an off-set deformitable barrier, not a wall.

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2008 Car Reviews for: VW Jetta, Nissan Verus, Toyota corella
by froubeck66 / November 16, 2007 3:44 PM PST
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My lease is up in two months so I am shopping for a comfortable seating, and good gas mileage. Also, the vehicle has to have a great stero system; I know that is a crazy piority but I drive nothing but highway-toll roads, so music is important.

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by kassim503 / February 15, 2007 9:07 AM PST
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Get him a truck- itll teach him so many life lessons, such as, trucks cant off road everywhere, you can flip a truck, even though you have a truck you are not invincible because you are so high in the air, etc.

Itll ruin a perfectly good truck tho Happy

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car buying
by don1ton / March 14, 2007 11:13 PM PDT
In reply to: Teen Driver

I would look at a toyota, honda or mazda. Some have the side curtain air bags and you may be able to have them installed. Research installation of side air bags and see if that works. Huydani is also a good choice, they have alot of extras most of the other don't.

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Ask "Dr. Ed." The Driver Education Expert
by albertraley / November 20, 2007 10:15 PM PST
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For any information about the teen driver, go to this web site. He will help.

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Teen car
by OldChevelle / August 6, 2010 8:12 AM PDT
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Aren't old Volvo's (1980's) built like tanks? Cheap too.

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