From microcars to pickups to hybrids, here are the best cars for new drivers

Carmakers have a love-hate relationship with young people. Youthful demographics are among the most desirable in the car market, but people who wear suits are also concerned that teenagers and 20-somethings are more interested in smartphones than cars. Most people need some wheels eventually, though, begging the question — what are the best cars for new drivers?

Here is a list of sensible choices spanning multiple categories. While some models listed here (and the categories themselves) are very new, most are available on the used market at a significant discount. New or used, these cars combine value, reliability, and safety without being tragically underwhelming.

Update: We’ve added the Hyundai Ioniq and Volkswagen Golf to our list.