Best back-to-school cars under $12000 – Chicago Tribune

Posted: Thursday, August 11, 2016

Everyone remembers their first. It might have been good, it was more likely bad, but it is almost universally remembered with tenderness.

A first car promises freedom, along with the burden of responsibility that comes with it. A first car is adulthood.

Handing down the family truckster — resurrecting that sunk cost into the grateful hands of a teen — is no longer the rite of passage it once was. The proliferation of advanced safety features in modern cars makes them better equipped to limit or prevent crashes altogether.

These historically safe new cars are also historically expensive.

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