Choosing a first car—whether it’s for yourself or for a new driver you know—is a major decision. A car is one of the biggest purchases you’ll make in your lifetime, so deciding on which model will be your first one is worthy of some serious thought and consideration.

The 2019 Chevrolet Spark is a great choice for first-time car buyers for many reasons. From safety to style to modern high-tech features, this subcompact model exceeds expectations in all the areas that are most important in a first car.

Style and Size

The 2019 Spark’s exterior is simple, modern, and sleek, making it the perfect stylish ride for young new drivers and first-time car buyers. It is available in an impressively wide range of fun colors, including bright red, orange, fuchsia, and teal blue. This subcompact car is small enough to make driving and parking a breeze, but not so small that it doesn’t offer a roomy interior and space for four passengers.

High-Tech Connectivity

Many young drivers searching for their first car value high-tech features in the model they choose. Chevrolet’s 2019 Spark is equipped with a competitive level of modern technology for top-notch entertainment and convenience on the road. A 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen is a standard feature of the 2019 Spark base model. This car also comes with 4G LTE data connection, a WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth connectivity, and is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.2019-Chevrolet-Spark-interior

Safety Comes First

Many people buying their first car are brand new drivers, and many first-time car buyers are also young drivers in their late teens or early twenties. Youth and a lack of driving experience are both major risk factors for dangerous and potentially fatal car accidents. In fact, drivers ages 16 to 19 are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than drivers who are over the age of 20. Injuries sustained in a car crash are the number one leading cause of death for drivers under the age of 25. Also, statistics indicate that close to 40% of new drivers are involved in some type of car crash within the first year after they get their license and start driving.

Since the majority of first-time car buyers tend to be young and have minimal driving experience, they are one of the highest risk groups for being involved in car accidents and for sustaining serious injuries on the road in the event of a crash. You should always prioritize safety in a first car above all else.

Fortunately, the 2019 Chevrolet Spark has you covered in terms of safety and reliability with its host of modern, innovative safety features that minimize the risk of accidents and injury on the road for both drivers and passengers alike. Among other safety features, the Spark features ten airbags, a clear rear vision camera, forward-collision warning, and automated emergency braking.

Transmission Options

Chevrolet’s 2019 Spark is available with two different transmission options—five-speed manual or continuously variable automatic. Learning how to drive a car with a manual transmission is a very valuable skill, especially in this modern world where only about 5% of new cars feature a manual transmission. A manual car makes controlling your vehicle easier, increases fuel efficiency, requires cheaper maintenance than automatic models, and reduces distracted driving. All of these benefits are especially helpful for easily distractible first- time car buyers and new drivers on a low budget. If your first car is manual, you’ll get used to operating a stick shift with a little bit of practice and patience and carry that helpful skill with you for the rest of your life.

That being said, driving a stick shift can also be overwhelming for many first-time car owners, especially if they’re new drivers who are still just learning how to follow the rules of the road. Fortunately, the 2019 Spark offers an available automatic transmission for drivers who don’t want to add a stick shift and the extra stress and responsibility that comes with it to their first car.

The Price is Right

Many first-time car buyers are on a low budget and just want to get a reliable, functional car without draining their bank account. Along the same lines, many parents buying their teen driver their first car don’t want to shell out $20,000 to $30,000 for a new car that their teen might not take care of as well as they should. Fortunately, the price point of the 2019 Chevrolet Spark fits easily into the limited budget of first-time car buyers. With a price tag of just over $13,200 for a brand new base model with manual transmission, this subcompact car is one of the most affordable models in its class of vehicles.