Best Used Car for a Teenager

2018 Hyundai Elantra SpecsIt happens quicker than you think: One day, you're changing their diapers; the next, they're out practicing parallel parking, getting their driver's license, and ready for a car of their very own.  

At that point, you'll find yourself wondering: What's the best used car for a teenager? We at Peacock Used Cars & Trucks are experts on the subject, and we want to give parents across Hardeeville, Bluffton, and Hilton Head Island a snapshot of some of their most promising options!

Honda Civic

2018 Honda Civic Exterior StyleThe Honda Civic is the gold standard among small cars, and it's not hard to see why. This car comes in as many configurations as there are drivers with sedan, coupe, and hatchback variants. Whether you want something traditional or sporty in design, there's a Civic model for you.

It's been in its 10th generation since the 2016 model year, so you'll have plenty of modern used Civic models to choose from. The models in this generation feature a sleek fastback design, with the rear C pillar flowing into the tailgate.

With up to 46.2 cubic feet of storage space in the Civic hatchback and incredible efficiency in every model (up to an EPA-estimated 32 city and 42 highway MPG in recent models), this is a very practical choice for your teenager's first used car.1

Hyundai Elantra (& Elantra GT)

The Hyundai Elantra is yet another small car, and the Elantra GT is its hatchback version. This small car has been in its sixth generation since the 2016 model year. It's known for its impressive gas mileage, as well as its standout cargo space (14.4 cubic feet in the sedan; over 55 cubic feet in the most recent GT redesign).

You'll find many available safety features, such as Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning, as well as standard or available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ (depending on the model year). They make it easy to use your favorite apps-from music and messaging to maps-during your drive.

Volkswagen Jetta

2018 Volkswagen Jetta PerformanceIf you're shopping for a Volkswagen Jetta, pay special attention to the sixth generation, which ran from 2011 to 2018. You may even find some used VW Jetta models from the seventh generation, which started in the 2018 model year.

The sixth generation, though, was noted for its spacious interior-as large as many midsize cars, in fact. With 15.7 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, your teenager will have plenty of space to store all their most essential gear.

Second-row legroom measuring more than 38 inches makes the backseat comfy for all their friends, too. It'll even seat adults without a problem, so mom and dad can come along for the ride!

Find the Best Used Car for a Teenager at Our Dealership

We hope this list of used cars gives you a good vantage point to dive into your car-shopping experience. Remember, this is just a starting point: There are plenty of other great used cars near Hardeeville, Hilton Head Island, and Bluffton.

When you're ready to start shopping for the best used car for a teenager, feel free to shop here at Peacock Used Cars & Trucks. We have affordable, efficient, and safe cars in our used inventory, including the models we covered above. You can browse them all online. Drop us a line at your convenience!


1 Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.

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