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TOTD: What's Your Go-To First Car Suggestion?

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 4/26/2014 Christian Seabaugh

The most exciting day in any teenager's life is arguably the day they get their first car. While many teenagers save up money from their summer jobs to purchase their first car used, a lucky few have mom or dad buy a brand-new car for them.

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It’s the latter group we're focusing on for today's Thread of the Day. Forum member ATV-J's sister is one of those lucky teenagers. Her parents are buying her a brand-new car for around $20,000. The requirement for our forum members' sister's new car is arguably identical to those of any parent's: the new car must be safe, reliable, and practical. Based on geographic location, other requirements for a first car could be all-wheel drive, fuel economy, or size. Some early suggestions for ATV-J include the Ford Focus, Mazda3, and Subaru Impreza.

As car enthusiast, you guys have likely faced similar questions from friends and family. With a $20,000 budget, what would you recommend as a first car for a new teen driver? Do you opt for something safe and stylish, like the Mazda3? Would you recommend a CUV like the new Chevrolet Trax ? Or would you recommend a fuel-sipper like the Ford Fiesta SFE EcoBoost? Sound off with your pick in the comment section below.

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