Which New And Used Nissan Cars Are Best For Teenage Drivers?

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Choose the best new or used Nissan for your teenager

For many young people, the excitement of passing their driving test is often overshadowed by the cost of buying a new car and sky-high insurance premiums. The good news is there are several great new and quality second-hand Nissan cars for teenagers or new drivers.

Whether you have a big or small budget, a reliable and safe first car should be a top priority as you should never compromise on safety just to save a few bucks. So, based on extensive local research and recommendations from the US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), here is a list of new and second hand Nissan cars for teenagers.

What Is The US Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)?

The IIHS is an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organisation working tirelessly to reduce deaths, injuries and property damage from car accidents. They conduct thorough research and evaluate statistical data to educate consumers, policymakers and safety professionals.

Every year the IIHS releases a list of “affordable, safe and reliable vehicles for teens” and the latest additions are the new and used American Nissan Altima and the Nissan Rogue, also known as the X-trail in South Africa.

“A teenager’s first car is more than just a financial decision. These lists of recommended used vehicles can help consumers factor in safety, in addition to affordability” says IIHS President Adrian Lund. When choosing cars for teenagers, the IIHS recommends that parents follow these guidelines:

  • Avoid powerful cars that could tempt teens into speeding
  • Choose bigger cars that can offer more protection for their occupants in an accident
  • Find cars with electronic stability control as it helps drivers maintain control of the vehicle on slippery roads and around corners
  • Choose a car with good insurance

New And Second Hand Nissan Cars To Consider

Even though some new and second-hand Nissan cars might be too expensive as the first car for teens, they are a great choice for parents of younger children who might one day hand it down. If you’re looking to buy yourself a new car that you’ll pass onto your teen in a few short years, these are some of the best options for you.

New Nissan Magnite

The Nissan Magnite’s 1.0-litre, turbocharged engine powers the base, mid and top models. It was specially designed and built for this vehicle to provide a good amount of power and torque without compromising fuel consumption. The Nissan Magnite comes with all the tech features you’d expect from a modern car without breaking the bank and has plenty of safety features. Some of these are:

  • Dual passenger and driver airbags
  • TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)
  • Rear parking camera and sensors
  • Traction control
  • Hill Start Assist (HSA)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Immobiliser + Alarm
  • Front Seatbelt Pretensioners and Load limiter

New And Used Nissan Almera

The Nissan Almera has been designed to give occupants loads of space and comfort, ideal for almost any size family. With a 1.5-litre petrol engine and either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox, there’s sufficient power for urban driving and the open road without too much temptation. Whether you buy a new or used Nissan Almera, it’s good value for money with the following safety features on the newer models for added peace of mind:

  • Driver and passenger airbags
  • Driver seat belt reminder
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • ISOFIX child anchors and tether anchor
  • Immobilizer

Second Hand Nissan Murano

Even though the Nissan Murano was discontinued in 2015, it remains one of the favourites powered by an engine designed and developed for the Nissan 370Z. It’s not only a good looking, robust crossover but it’s also safe as houses. The US-based Murano was recently awarded the Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) rating from IIHS which shows how good the car truly is.

The Nissan Murano is one of the safest crossovers in South Africa backed by Nissan’s commitment to “Real World Safety”. It forms the central driving force behind Nissan’s Safety Shield technology which includes the following:

  • Advanced airbag system (driver, passenger, side and curtain)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
  • Active Head Restraints
  • 3-Point front & rear seatbelts

Pre-owned Nissan X-Trail

Whether you are buying a new or second hand Nissan X-trail, you’re in for a treat. From the earliest models to the latest Acenta CVT or Tekna CVT 4WD, the X-trail has proven itself time and time again. While a new base model Nissan X-Trail can set you back R478 900, you can get a good second-hand Nissan X-Trail for under R300 000.

The Nissan X-Trail is ideally suited for the South African environment and includes several Car Safety Shield technologies any new and old driver will appreciate. To ensure both you and your passengers are kept safe at all times, some of the Nissan X-Trail safety features include:

  • Advanced airbag system – front with instant response, side and curtain airbags
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • ISOFIX Child Safety Seat Attachments
  • Blind Spot Warning (optional with tech pack)
  • Lane Departure Warning (optional with tech pack)
  • Five star Euro NCAP safety rating

New Or Second Hand Nissan Micra

The new Nissan Micra is a far cry from the first model that launched in South Africa around 2004. At the time, it was a good small budget car and perhaps ahead of its time in some ways. Fuel consumption was impressive while space and comfort levels were good for a compact hatchback. Even today, a pre-owned Nissan Micra makes for a good first-time car and we have several available at great prices.

Fast forward to today and the Nissan Micra looks absolutely fabulous with a base model stuffed to the roof with technology and safety features. Starting at just over R300 000, you get the following:

  • Cruise control
  • Auto headlights with auto hazard
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake Assist (BA)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD)
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
  • Hill Start Assist (HAS)
  • Intelligent Dynamic Control Module
  • Driver, side and passenger airbags
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorages

Where To Buy Good Nissan Second Hand Cars

When it comes to buying cars for teenagers, price should not always take preference as you should never compromise on safety just to save a few bucks. The only way to keep your teenagers safe while having some much-needed peace of mind, you need to buy a new Nissan or a good quality second-hand car.

At Group 1 Nissan, we cater for everyone with great deals on new Nissan cars and a long list of pre-owned vehicles for students, professionals, business owners, and families. You can find us in Kuils River, Stellenbosch, Uitenhage and The Glen in Johannesburg.

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