What are the best Mazda models for teen drivers?

Choosing the best vehicle for a first-time teen driver is a difficult task! You don’t want to break the bank on a “first car,” but you don’t want to skimp on important safety features. Fortunately for first-time shoppers, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has compiled a list of the best choices for teen drivers. Perhaps it’s no surprise that the Mazda name pops up across the list of best vehicles for teens. Keep scrolling to learn which Mazda models are best for teen drivers!

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Mazda6, Mazda CX-5 and more named ‘Best Choice’ for Teen Drivers by IIHS

What makes a vehicle great for teen drivers? The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recommends that first-time drivers should avoid vehicles with engines that boast high horsepower ratings and stick to larger vehicles rather than small cars. Additionally, the IIHS recommends vehicles with Electronic Stability Control and vehicles that scored well on IIHS safety tests, as well as four- or five-star NHTSA recipients.

Check out the Mazda models the IIHS currently recommends for teen drivers. You can learn more about how the IIHS selects these vehicles by visiting their website.

  • Best Choices (Used vehicles under $20,000)
    • Mazda6 (2014 – present)
    • Mazda CX-5 (2014 – present)
    • Mazda CX-3 (2016 – present)
  • Good Choices (Used vehicles under $10,000)
    • Mazda CX-5 (2013)

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Five new 2018 Mazda models were awarded Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Insitute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Learn more about which Mazda models offer drivers in Bergen County, NJ the most safety and security!

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Pre-owned Mazda models near Lodi, NJ

Mazda of Lodi offers New Jersey shoppers a host of pre-owned Mazda models. There’s something for everybody at Mazda of Lodi. Check out a 2008 Mazda6 for under $2,000 or a 2017 Mazda CX-5 Touring for about $25,000 – and everything in between! Contact us or swing down to Mazda of Lodi and talk with a knowledgeable and friendly member of our team. Follow our Facebook page to keep up with news from the dealership and more!