Shopping for your teen's first car is an exciting time. Shopping the used car lot is a great way to increase your options and get top value from your next ride. At Maguire Dealerships, we want to show you some of our best used cars for teenagers.

The cars on this list are perfect for freshly licensed drivers. They're reliable and offer lots of safety features for your teenagers' travels on the roads of Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Watkins Glen!

Best Small Car: Chevy Cruze

If you're shopping for a small sedan that prioritizes efficiency, interior space, and style, the Chevy Cruze is one standout option. The Cruze has been in its current generation since 2016, so you'll have the opportunity to shop used and still find modern designs.

This car is available as either a sedan or a hatchback, so you can carve out some extra trunk space if you need it. The backseat folds down, too, making room for larger and longer items. All in all, you can find up to 47 cubic feet of space in the hatchback and nearly 15 cubic feet in the sedan.

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ come standard, too, so you can integrate your smartphone with your car. It's a feature your teenager is sure to appreciate!

Best Midsize Car: Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry was fully redesigned in 2018, so you can snag a current generation model if you shop lightly used cars. This generation comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense™ P, a suite of driver-assistance features that can help keep teens safer behind the wheel. It includes:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
  • Automatic High Beams

With 38 inches of rear legroom, there's plenty of room for friends and family in the backseat. Plus, with up to an EPA-estimated 29 city/41 highway MPG in the gas-only Camry, your drive will be more efficient than ever!1

Best Small Crossover: Toyota RAV4

Small crossovers offer many benefits of an SUV (like versatility and ride height) without losing those of a sedan (like efficiency). The Toyota RAV4 has been popular with teens since it was first introduced in 1995, and that trend shows no sign of abating.

The fourth-generation model (model years 2013-2018) offers roomy cargo space. Roughly 38 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats gives you room for all your necessary gear. When your teenager needs yet more space (college move-in day?) you can fold the backseat to reveal 73 cubic feet.

Toyota Safety Sense™ P, standard on every RAV4 since 2017, also helps make a case for this car. Teenagers will have all the latest driver-assist technology, from automatic high beams to a Pre-Collision System.

Shop Our Used Cars for Teenagers Today!

Looking for these three cars or any other used cars for teenagers? At Maguire Dealerships, we offer a vast selection of pre-owned cars from all the major auto brands. You can search our inventory online and see what you find.

Our team of experts can help you learn more about any car you like. We'll even help you schedule a test drive, so your teen can get behind the wheel and find the perfect car for their Ithaca, Trumansburg, and Watkins Glen adventures!

1 2019 EPA-estimated mileage. Actual mileage will vary.

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