Chances are higher at that age that there will be damage, and it could be at the hands of our kids, so I opted for smaller, but safer vehicles. It’s not just for their safety, but also those around them. They shared a used Buick for a while, which was cheap to run and repair. The Buick eventually went to another family member and my daughter got my normally aspirated Volvo and still has it. My son is now in a civic. Aggressive, or at least impatient driving is not uncommon with teens, and larger vehicles can promote greater, and unwise, false confidence.
my kids may not have offered me “cool dad points“ for not giving them what they wanted, but they did get a car, which by no means were we obligated to provide.