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Bankrate's 7 best cars for teenagers

2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS
2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS
  • Price: $21,995
  • Gas mileage: 22 mpg city/34 mpg highway

One of the mid-size cars on this list, the Malibu sacrifices a little fuel economy for some mass and enough horsepower to move it around effectively.

LS is the base version, yet it has a fair amount of the technology teens want such as Bluetooth connectivity and a touch-screen interface. Oddly, there is no iPod connection of any sort available even as an option.

Other standard equipment includes keyless entry, auto headlights and satellite radio.

Running just behind the Sonata in offering the most oomph on this list, the Malibu gets its go from a 197-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. Changing the gears falls to a driver-shiftable six-speed automatic transmission.

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