Best Vehicles for First-Time Drivers


Shopping best cars for teen drivers? How about a new vehicle for a first-time shopper? We at Bob Tyler Toyota have you covered. In this guide, we’ll walk you through important first-time driver safety information and the best Toyota vehicles for new drivers near Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Daphne.

Toyota Model Inventory

Why Choose a Toyota for Your Teen?

Toyota vehicles litter the lineup of safe cars for teens. This brand not only consistently earns high safety scores from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), but it also excels in the realm of reliability.

Each year, J.D. Power releases a dependability study, which ranks each major vehicle brand based on how many problems per 100 vehicles the brand experiences. In the 2020 U.S. Vehicle Dependability StudySM, Toyota experienced 113 problems—well above the industry average of 134 problems!

Toyota: Best Cars for New Drivers

Across the board, Toyota makes safety a priority in every model they offer. There’s a vehicle in every shape and size that offers the safety and security you want for your first-time driver.

  • Toyota Corolla

    Compact Hatchback: Toyota Corolla

    The Toyota Corolla is a compact car that can come with or without a hatchback rear. Regardless, you’ll be protected on every side with standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 in the latest models. Avoid accidents and problems altogether thanks to the following advanced active safety features:

    • Automatic High Beams
    • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
    • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
    • Lane Tracing Assist
    • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection
    • Road Sign Assist

    These features act like a co-pilot that monitors every side of your vehicle and can warn you of potential danger or even act automatically to prevent an accident.

  • Toyota Prius

    Midsize Car: Toyota Prius

    The Toyota Prius is a brand staple with high fuel economy ratings and a nimble build. The Prius is a hub for tech, though. You’ll get standard Toyota Safety Sense™ P in this model along with an available Head-Up Display that projects important information right into your line of sight.

    This model also offers a massive, available 11.6-inch touchscreen infotainment display so new drivers can stay safely in touch behind the wheel. Voice recognition technology makes it possible for teens to make safe phone calls to their parents and have incoming text messages read out loud to them.

  • Toyota RAV4

    SUV: Toyota RAV4

    Each model year between 2015 and 2020, the Toyota RAV4 has received either a TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ rating from the IIHS. This means that the model excels in nearly every category, including crashworthiness and crash avoidance/mitigation.

    Newer versions of the model provide additional reassurance in unpredictable weather with its available Dynamic Torque Vectoring All-Wheel Drive with Rear Driveline Disconnect. The ability to adjust power distribution gives this vehicle an edge in rain, snow, and ice. Plus, you’ll get Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 with the 2020 model.

  • 2020 Toyota Sienna

    Passenger Van: Toyota Sienna

    Similar to the Toyota RAV4, the Toyota Sienna offers all-weather reliability with its available All-Wheel Drive with active torque control. As its name implies, this system is able to make torque adjustments on a dime to adapt quickly and effectively during tough driving conditions.

    Inside the spacious cabin of the Sienna, you’ll find a standard touchscreen infotainment system that can be integrated with the available Bird’s Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan. The 360-degree view that this camera system provides can assist new drivers in learning the ins and outs of parking.

Extra Resources for First-Time Drivers

Toyota doesn’t stop with safe vehicles and a confident in-car experience—they provide all-inclusive safety resources to help you round out your driving education. Together with Discovery Education, Toyota has created TeenDrive365, “a comprehensive program designed to promote safe driving habits and put an end to distracted driving.”

This online resource library provides a wide variety of resources for teens, families, and new adult drivers, including tips for safe driving, instructional videos, and factual guides, like “The Science Behind Safe Driving.”

Shop Safe Cars for New Drivers

At Bob Tyler Toyota, our top priority is helping drivers around Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Daphne find a vehicle that will suit your needs, especially when it comes to keeping new drivers safe. Chat with our sales team about which Toyota model in our inventory would be ideal for your teen driver today!

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