Best Cars for First-Time or Newer Drivers

Best First Car | Complete Car Care Encinitas

Embarking on your driving journey? Congratulations! The open road awaits, but the first step is finding the perfect car to accompany you. We've got you covered with a list of the best cars for first-time drivers, spanning continents, and offering options that suit your style and budget.

Ford Fiesta

This compact car combines affordability and efficiency, making it a popular choice for beginners and many drivers around the world. One of its other main characteristics is that it is easy and cheap to maintain - the main reason being that it is made here in the US, and all its parts are widely available all across the country. 


  • Engine: 1.6L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 120 hp
  • MPG: Up to 27 city / 35 highway

Chevrolet Malibu

If you need a bit more space and comfort, the Malibu offers exactly that - it is a mid-sized sedan that can rival crowd favorites like the Corolla. There are different trim levels, with the "L" being the lowest and the "Premier" as the most luxurious.


  • Engine: 1.5L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 160 hp
  • MPG: Up to 29 city / 36 highway

Volkswagen Golf

The Golf's iconic design, precise handling, and well-crafted interior make it a fantastic choice for those who appreciate European flair. It strikes a balance between sportiness and practicality as most German cars - and with its country of origin comes extreme reliability, perfect for new drivers.


  • Engine: 1.4L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 147 hp
  • MPG: Up to 29 city / 39 highway

Mini Cooper

The Mini Cooper is a statement of style and fun. Its compact size is perfect for urban driving, and its peppy engine will put a smile on your face. But let's not forget that it is a part of the BMW family, and it has a few trim levels, like the "Iconic" and "Countryman" - both are worth checking out!


  • Engine: 1.5L 3-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 134 hp
  • MPG: Up to 28 city / 36 highway

Kia Forte

Kia's Forte is known for its value for money. It offers a comfortable ride, modern tech features, and excellent fuel economy, making it a smart choice for new drivers. Surprisingly, one of its downsides is the engine, not that it isn't reliable, but it is just too small for a sedan.


  • Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 147 hp
  • MPG: Up to 31 city / 41 highway

Toyota Corolla

The Corolla is synonymous with reliability - when someone is talking about a Toyota, they are most likely using the word "reliable" in the same sentence. It boasts a reputation for longevity, and its fuel efficiency means fewer stops at the pump. An added bonus is that it has a lot of trims, including excellent hybrids, making it that much better.


  • Engine: 1.8L 4-cylinder
  • Horsepower: 139 hp
  • MPG: Up to 30 city / 38 highway

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