Background: You’re 16 or 17. You’ve been a good driver in the past year, so your parents decide to get buy you your first car. You get to pick it out, but there are a few requirements:

  • four or more doors (for insurance reasons)
  • must be reliable enough to last through college
  • no more than 350 HP (again, for insurance reasons)
  • must be 2005 or newer
  • have less than 175k miles.

Being the teen you are, you love tech. So more tech, the better. Also, it must have a bangin’ stereo, so set aside $500 if not equipped with one suitable enough (all luxury brands would be suitable). You also want to impress your friends. Remember, this is the car you would want as a teen, not the car you would give a teen. And with that, find a car!

Semi-related: One of my friends is making payments on a loaded 2011 Nissan Rogue with 96k miles for $12k, so I’m trying to find better cars for less. Another friend got a loaded 2014 Hyundai Elantra as a gift for his 17th birthday, after dealing with the worst base model 1998 Chevy Malibu in existance. Again, trying to find a nicer, cooler car for less.