My son is turning 16 in 3 months and he and my husband have been discussing giving my husband’s 20 year old Saab Convertible to him to drive around town. The car is a straight drive, has 200,000 miles on it and is in the shop at least 4 times per year. My husband has been waiting for the milage to get to 200,000 before finding something else to drive. Now, sensing an opportunity, my boy is talking abut taking the Saab off his hands. I’ve been thinking of getting Our son a slightly used Honda or other mid sized sedan with all the air bags and newer technology. The Saab has one driver side air bag.
Which is going to be safer for my teenager? A heavier, steel Saab or a newer lighter sedan with more air bags? My thoughts are that the newer car will be safer although much more expensive. Is the difference in the safety enough to justify the additional cost or are their risks similar overall?