10 Tips for Choosing Your Kid's First Car

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Teen drivers love new technology. A way to plug in any kind of phone or auxiliary music player is always a plus -- but a voice-command system is even better. (Creative Commons/Flickr/Ubi Desperare Nescio)

A little technology goes a long way with a kid who wanted a new iPhone, and all you bought her was this stupid car. An iPod/iPhone connection is crucial. Why? Because music on the radio sucks. Just ask her. Some way to hook in any kind of phone or music player is great, and most cars made in the last few have a USB port as standard equipment. Newer cars respond to voice commands, which can keep distracted teenage paws off the touch screen in the center console -- or worse, the mobile device they've propped up in the cup holder. Yes, talking to the stereo is still a bit distracting, but at least she'll keep her eyes on the road, her hands upon the wheel.