10 Best Cars For Teenagers: #9 2012 Volkswagen Beetle
The 2012 Volkswagen Beetle is aimed squarely at style mavens on a budget. The Volkswagen Beetle's retro looks have been thoroughly modernized in its latest incarnation, and the hatchback's sub-$20k price means that it just might squeeze into the financial plans of a teenage driver. Based on the same general platform as the VW Golf, the Beetle offers the same base motor (170 horsepower, 2.5-liter five-cylinder) but adds the twist of an available 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder unit that delivers 200 horses. The latter also provides near-equivalent highway fuel mileage (30-mpg vs. 31-mpg), while increasing the Beetle's performance substantially.