I'm looking for a car that is some combination of safe, reliable, and inexpensive for my son who is just starting to drive. Any recommendations?
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Thanks for these recommendations! Insurance cost is certainly a factor to consider. Interesting to see that the smaller vehicles have somewhat higher insurance premiums.
@drpennypincher: For the simple reason that insurance companies just assume that the smaller cars are more likely to be involved in crashes than their sturdier cousins of sedans and wagons :)
I got my first car about 25 years ago. I have changed my own tire, changed my own oil, replaced a fuel pump, etc. Cars are harder to work on now, and I bet few people under 30 have done these things. An older car is an interesting idea.
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Pkittock, thanks for the suggestions. I drive a Honda Civic myself- hard to beat for reliability and fuel economy. I like idea of a Volvo wagon- safe and plenty of cargo room.