NEW YORK (AP) - Even though many parents and children are divided over a teenager's first car, the Honda Civic is the happy compromise, according to a survey by Kelley Blue Book.
While the top choice for drivers ages 16 to 25 is a Ford Mustang, 34 per cent would be happy to roll onto campus in a Honda Civic, the top selection among parents at 43 per cent.
But that's where the similarities end.
While the favourites for parents were mostly small sedans from Asian automakers, their children prefer either sportier models or Jeeps. Only one SUV made the parents' list - the medium-sized Ford Escape.
"As you would expect, parents' primary concerns revolve around safety and reliability," says Jack Nerad, executive market analyst for Kelley Blue Book.
"Young people look for vehicles that define their personality."
Nerad offers these tips for parents looking to buy a car for a teen:
-Do your homework: Check the safety, crash test and rollover ratings. Read reviews in consumer resources.
-Hands-on check: Take a used vehicle to a trusted service shop for a thorough checkup.
-You be the judge: Make sure to test-drive the car yourself, and buy a vehicle that you are ultimately comfortable with.
© The Canadian Press, 2006