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2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Tween Dream

July 10, 2012

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When she was seven-years-old, my daughter informed me that she'd be driving a green VW New Beetle when she turned 16. I didn't find her choice at seven to be all that surprising, but what is unusual is that despite the number of different cars I bring home and all that she's been exposed to, nearly five years later she still has her sights set on the VW. (Hope she's been saving her pennies).

Last week I learned that a friend bought his almost-16-year-old daughter a 1962 Beetle as her first car. She hasn't yet learned to master its manual tranny. Neither has his wife.

While I love classic cars, I would never put my new driver behind the wheel of anything less than the most modern vehicle with the largest arsenal of safety equipment.

Would you?

Kelly Toepke, News Editor @ 3,406 miles


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