The 10 Best Cars for New Drivers

Posted by: Dan on 15/09/2015

Category: General

The 10 Best Cars for New Drivers

Choosing a new car is a rite of passage for new drivers, and an exciting time to take ownership of your new responsibility on the road. But before you rush out to your car dealership and buy a fancy sports car or expensive SUV, you should ask yourself some questions before buying a new car.

It can be overwhelming to figure out how to pick the best car for your budget and lifestyle needs without compromising on comfort. And considering that the average Australian car is driven 12,8881 kilometres per year, it’s crucial to find something as comfortable as it is reliable.

To help cut your learning time in half, check out the following list of great cars for new drivers:


Toyota Corolla

There is a good reason the Toyota Corolla is a perennial contender for the most popular car on the market. The difficult part is narrowing down your Corolla options, but fortunately they’re all solid models that offer the same high-end features you’re looking for.

Start by looking at the Corolla Ascent for a stylish look with a roomy boot to store your shopping bags and personal belongings. With a four-cylinder engine that puts an added zip in your car’s step, you can easily get around town, to work, and on a road trip for your next holiday. The Toyota Corolla is also a great choice for a teenager or adult who has never owned a car.


Volkswagen Golf

For those who want a more exciting option than the Toyota Corolla, consider the style and power of the fashionable Volkswagen Golf. However, the Golf is a little more expensive than other options on the market and may be out of some first-time buyers' budgets. But the car is ultimately a consistently durable car and a good bargain for someone who wants a little more luxury in the first purchase.


Ford Ranger

Go off-roading and take your vehicle into bumpy terrain with a Ford Ranger 4 x 4.  Perfect for someone who wants the durability of a truck without the hassle of owning a massive rig, the Ford Ranger doesn’t disappoint and gives drivers everything needed to get out into the mud. It’s back cab also provides enough room to haul boxes, equipment and bikes for your next trip.


Toyota Camry

New drivers with a family to get to and from school or around the city should look at the Toyota Camry. While the Corolla and Volkswagen Golf are two reputable and loyal models, they just aren’t built to carry a large family. The Camry also features a larger boot than other vehicles, making it easy to fill-up with all of your family’s gear with ease.


Hyundai i30

This stylish and small family car is a great first-time choice for most car buyers. The Hyundai i30 sets the standard for reliable driving complete with all the latest technology. And as Korean cars enjoy a reputation for reliability and quality, the Hyundai i30 is a great option for new drivers.


Mazda Mazda3

The Mazda3 is a reliable little car that can get you anywhere you need to go. But don’t confuse reliability with simple and boring. The Mazda3 offers plenty of extra options for drivers. Unlike other small cars on the market, the Mazda3 offers plenty of accessories and power for a smaller car, we can see why the Mazda3 is so popular both in Australia and around the world.


Holden Commodore

If you want to purchase an Australian car and help support your local economy at the same time, look no further than the Holden Commodore. Not only has the company been making this timeless model since 1978, but they have been improving upon the car in a wide variety of ways. A popular car with new and seasoned buyers alike, the Holden Commodore is a step up from the imported Japanese and Korean models and offers more horsepower and spacious interior. It’s also a fun and easy-to-drive car that handles well on the open road.


Toyota Hilux

Another compact truck makes the list with the favourite Toyota Hilux. Drivers get decent fuel economy for driving around their own hometown or across the country. Ideal for outdoor enthusiasts, throw your gear in the back truck bed and head out for a weekend of camping. In its fifth generation, the Toyota Hilux is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to get behind the wheel and especially new drivers who want a truck that’s both compact and easy to drive.


Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a seamless compromise between a compact and large SUV. The CX-5 offers a fuel-efficient crossover SUV option that does not leave you disappointed. Thanks to its recent interior facelift, the SUV looks better than ever, and it will leave drivers and passengers feeling as stylish as they are comfortable driving it. Under the bonnet is a quality engine that handles well on just about any road condition. The Mazda CX-5 combines luxury, comfort, quality and the space and size of an SUV.


Mitsubishi Triton

Adventurous drivers who want to take their SUV off roading need to slide behind the wheel of a Mitsubishi Triton. Depending on how far off the road you want to get on your next adventure, you can choose between a five-speed automatic or six-speed manual for an experience you’ll never forget with the Mitsubishi Triton. Complete with a satellite navigation system and four-wheel drive, it’s easy to see why the Mitsubishi Triton is one of the best SUVs on the market and a popular choice to take on a test drive.


New drivers will need to invest a little energy to find the right car for their style and situation. Fortunately, you can find exactly what you want - and even exceed your expectations - with these ten fantastic vehicles for new drivers.

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