Choosing a car for your child may be one of the toughest decisions you make as a parent. With thousands of options out there, from dozens of car dealers to online car shopping sites, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Often, parents have to compromise on one concern to prioritize another — for instance, price versus safety, or fuel economy versus reliability.
For parents tired of making these trade-offs, Japanese car maker Honda has proven to be one of the best all-around performers in the automotive industry. Time and time again, Hondas have come out on top in each of the specs mentioned above (price, safety, fuel economy, and reliability) in both Consumer and Vehicular Industry Reports. Take the 2017 Honda Civic, for example, which ranked third on U.S. News & World’s List of Best Compact Cars. With a MSRP of $18,740, this car was also named a 2017 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety — ensuring your kid’s safety at a price that won’t break your bank. The 2017 Civic also has a fuel economy return of up to 32/42 mpg (one of the best estimates in its class) and a 3.5/5 reliability rating from J. D. Power.
The 2017 Civic is not only sleek and elegantly designed, but the base model also comes equipped with the latest in automotive technology, including a rearview “backup” camera, a 5-inch LCD screen, and Bluetooth smartphone connectivity (which your child is sure to love).
Honda has won multiple awards for being the Best Overall and Most Trusted Brand among non-luxury shoppers from vehicular valuation sources such as Kelley Blue Book. That said, don’t forget to teach your first-time driver that regular maintenance is essential to ensure the safety, reliability, drivability, comfort, and longevity of their new Honda car. In fact, with proper and regular maintenance, most Honda engines have a reported lifespan of over 300,000 miles.
To keep his or her new car in great condition, your child should follow recommended maintenance schedules (per miles driven, and preferably specific to Honda). Examples of services that all car owners should perform include oil and filter changes, brake inspections, throttle linkage lubrications, and tire rotations. Auto repair and service shops such as LexService, which services all Japanese makes and models in the South Bay and Artesia areas, can easily take care of these essential maintenance needs.