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IIHS Recommends Safest Used Cars for Teen Drivers

According to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety survey, 83 percent of parents who bought cars for their teen drivers said they purchased a used vehicle

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    For many families with teenage drivers, a new car just isn't in the budget. For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of the safest used cars for teenage drivers. (Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

    For many families with teenage drivers, a new car just isn't in the budget.

    According to an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety survey, 83 percent of parents who bought cars for their teen drivers said they purchased a used vehicle.

    The IIHS has compiled a list of the safest, affordable used cars for teenage drivers. The recommendations are based on four principles: young drivers should avoid high horsepower; bigger, heavier vehicles are safer; Electronic stability control (ESC) is a must; and vehicles should have the best National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) safety rating possible.

    The IIHS also recommends looking at the Vehicle Identification Number to check for outstanding recalls before buying a used vehicle. 

    Here are IIHS' best choice cars for your teenage driver under $20,000. 

    LARGE CARS 

    • Volvo S80
      2007 and newer
      $4,000
    • Toyota Avalon
      2015 and newer
      $18,800
    • Infiniti M37/M56/Q70
      2013 and newer
      $19,800

    MIDSIZE CARS

    • Dodge Avenger
      2011-14
      $5,300
    • Chrysler 200 sedan
      2011 and newer
      $5,900
    • Kia Optima
      2011 and newer
      $7,600
    • Volkswagen Passat
      2013 and newer; built after October 2012
      $8,700
    • Volkswagen Jetta
      2015 and newer
      $9,200
    • Nissan Altima sedan
      2013 and newer; built after November 2012
      $9,500
    • Ford Fusion
      2013 and newer; built after December 2012
      $9,600
    • Volvo S60
      2011 and newer
      $9,800
    • Subaru Legacy
      2013 and newer; built after August 2012
      $10,700
    • Chevrolet Malibu
      2014 and newer
      $10,900
    • Honda Accord sedan and coupe
      2013 and newer
      $11,100
    • Toyota Camry
      2014 and newer; built after December 2013
      $11,200
    • Mazda 6
      2014 and newer
      $11,400
    • Hyundai Sonata
      2015 and newer
      $11,900
    • Acura TL
      2012-14; built after April 2012
      $12,400
    • Lincoln MKZ
      2013 and newer
      $13,300
    • Subaru Outback
      2013 and newer; built after August 2012
      $13,600
    • Chevrolet Malibu Limited
      2016
      $13,700
    • Toyota Prius v
      2015 and newer
      $16,300
    • Volvo V60
      2015 and newer
      $18,400
    • Audi A3
      2015 and newer
      $18,500
    • Infiniti Q50
      2014-15
      $19,100

    SMALL SUVS MODEL YEARS PRICE

    • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
      2011 and newer
      $6,900
    • Mitsubishi Outlander
      2014 and newer
      $10,700
    • Chevrolet Trax
      2015 and newer
      $11,800
    • Fiat 500X
      2016 and newer; built after July 2015
      $12,600
    • Nissan Rogue
       2014 and newer
      $12,900
    • Buick Encore
      2015 and newer
      $13,800
    • Subaru Forester
      2014 and newer
      $14,900
    • Honda CR-V
      2015 and newer
      $15,600
    • Hyundai Tucson
      2016 and newer
      $16,000
    • Toyota RAV4
      2015 and newer
      $16,000
    • Mazda CX-3
      2016 and newer
      $16,600

    MIDSIZE SUVS 

    • Volvo XC90
      2005 and newer
      $2,500
    • Ford Flex
      2010 and newer; built after January 2010
      $7,200
    • Chevrolet Equinox
      2014 and newer
      $12,100
    • GMC Terrain
      2014 and newer
      $13,300
    • Nissan Pathfinder
      2015 and newer
      $15,800
    • Kia Sorento
      2016 and newer
      $16,500
    • Volvo XC60
      2013 and newer
      $16,500
    • Ford Edge
      2015 and newer; built after May 2015
      $17,400
    • Nissan Murano
      2015 and newer
      $19,100

    MINIVANS

    • Kia Sedona
      2015 and newer
      $14,700
    • Honda Odyssey
      2014 and newer
      $16,100
    • Toyota Sienna
      2015 and newer
      $18,100

    PICKUP

    • Toyota Tundra extended cab
      2014 and newer
      $15,600

    The IIHS has also compiled a list of "Good Choices" vehicles for teens starting under $10,000. You can see that list here.