• I'm thinking the Mr. Fusion model –

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  • Well duh, the answer is always Miata! Not too fast, manual, insurance not full boat sports car astronomical. What's not to like?? Bonus, probably drops the roadside teenage pregnancy rate a bit as well, tight quarters in there. 🙂

  • Fiat 500 Abarth?

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    In 10 years it will be an excellent opportunity to learn about car maintenance, plus you will always know where he is as he probably won't get very far before he's walking back home.

  • I'd start by figuring there is a 50-50 chance of wrecking it and plan accordingly. The car needs to be safe and expendable. But it also should be engaging to drive so he doesn't zone out or play with his phone, not too much horsepower or seriously evil quirks – and a manual transmission. Make sure the kid is prepared to drive anything.

    So with that, the "safe" choice would be something like a Ford Focus or a Mazda3.

    But since this is Daily Turismo, and since somebody else already said "Miata," I'm going to recommend praying to the depreciation gods that you can get one of these within your budget.

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    One of the Frisbee twins would be perfect for learning car control, no?

  • The answer to first car is always… 10 year old Subaru. Safe, Reliable as the Pope, AWD, cheap as chips and plentiful.

  • I'm thinking 1969 Mustang Mach 1. Easy to work on, he has plenty of time to get to know it and best of all…its paid for! (and he now knows who his best friend is!) Easy for me to say as my daughter will be ready two years sooner than he will be, but then again I sold my Mustang to a friend preemptively.

  • As safe and expendable as possible, just like Matt espoused. Have y'all seen that video of the crash test between two Corollas in an offset 35mph frontal?? It's staggering the differences in the comparative passenger risk in two cars separated by 20 years of safety advancements. Whether it's my kid or the other driver who boneheads themselves into a collision, I want the chance to either ground his ass or reiterate the importance of defensive driving over dinner one night, not visiting him in the ICU. If he wrecks it, he loses the driving card, but at least he's alive. Frisbee is cool…maybe too cool for him. Poly-airbagged econopod for the win.

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