Safest Used Cars for Teens

© ColourboxTeen’s First Ride
When it comes to purchasing a car for a new teen driver, the goal of most parents is to get their kids into the safest vehicles possible. Sure, plenty of new models achieve the highest safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, but most of those vehicles cost more than many parents are willing to spend, so the IIHS has produced a list of more than 50 of the safest used vehicles — all priced below $20,000.

© Subaru of America, © Ford Motor Company, © General Motors, © Volvo Cars North AmericaGeneral Guidelines
The IIHS has some general guidelines to keep in mind when buying a teen’s first car. These include staying away from high-horsepower models that can tempt a teen to go too fast; buying a bigger, heavier vehicle that is more likely to protect in a crash; only getting cars with electronic stability control; and of course, choosing vehicles that have the highest safety ratings. The IIHS also recommends checking for recalls before making a final purchase decision.

© Insurance Institute for Highway SafetyCriteria
Vehicles chosen by the IIHS had to earn good ratings in the organization’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, and good or acceptable ratings in the driver-side small overlap front test. If tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the vehicle must have scored at least a 4 stars overall. Vehicles with a history of high claim frequency for medical or personal injury coverage are excluded. The vehicles in this IIHS list have a starting price below $20,000 based on values obtained from Kelley Blue Book. Vehicles are listed in alphabetical order.

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.Acura MDX
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated price: $19,600
Classification: Midsize SUV

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.Acura RLX
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated price: $18,600
Classification: Large Car

© American Honda MotorsAcura TL
Year: 2012–14; built after April 2012
Estimated Price: $10,700
Classification: Midsize Car

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.Acura TLX
Year: 2015; 2017 and newer
Estimated Price: $16,500
Classification: Midsize Car

©Audi of AmericaAudi A3
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $16,500
Classification: Midsize Car

© BMW AGBMW 2 Series Coupe
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $18,600
Classification: Midsize Car

© General MotorsBuick Encore
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $12,300
Classification: Small SUV

© General MotorsBuick LaCrosse
Year: 2017 and newer
Estimated Price: $19,800
Classification: Large Car

© General MotorsChevrolet Equinox
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $11,700
Classification: Midsize SUV

© General MotorsChevrolet Impala
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $13,200
Classification: Large Car

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceFiat 500X
Year: 2016 and newer; built after July 2015
Estimated Price: $11,300
Classification: Small SUV

© Ford Motor CompanyFord Edge
Year: 2016 and newer
Estimated Price: $17,600
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Ford Motor CompanyFord Escape
Year: 2017 and newer
Estimated Price: $14,600
Classification: Small SUV

© Ford Motor CompanyFord Flex
Year: 2011 and newer
Estimated Price: $8,700
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Ford Motor CompanyFord Fusion
Year: 2013 and newer; built after December 2012
Estimated Price: $8,100
Classification: Midsize Car

© Ford Motor CompanyFord Taurus
Year: 2013 and newer
Estimated Price: $10,000
Classification: Large Car

© General MotorsGMC Terrain
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $12,900
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Honda North AmericaHonda Accord Coupe
Year: 2013 and newer
Estimated Price: $8,900
Classification: Midsize Car

© Honda North AmericaHonda Accord Sedan
Year: 2013 and newer
Estimated Price: $9,400
Classification: Midsize Car

© American Honda Motor Co., Inc.Honda CR-V
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $13,500
Classification: Small SUV

© American Honda MotorsHonda Odyssey
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $12,700
Classification: Minivan

© Hyundai Motor AmericaHyundai Santa Fe
Year: 2017 and newer; built after March 2016
Estimated Price: $19,800
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Hyundai Motor CompanyHyundai Santa Fe Sport
Year: 2017 and newer
Estimated Price: $17,700
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Hyundai Motor AmericaHyundai Tucson
Year: 2016 and newer
Estimated Price: $15,100
Classification: Small SUV

© Nissan North AmericanInfiniti M37 / Q70
Year: 2013 and newer
Estimated Price: $14,400
Classification: Large Car

© Nissan North AmericaInfiniti Q50
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $18,600
Classification: Midsize Car

© Kia Motors AmericaKia Sedona
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $12,800
Classification: Minivan

© Kia Motors AmericaKia Sorento
Year: 2016 and newer
Estimated Price: $15,900
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Kia Motors AmericaKia Sportage
Year: 2017 and newer
Estimated Price: $15,900
Classification: Small SUV

© Ford Motor CompanyLincoln MKZ
Year: 2013 and newer
Estimated Price: $11,900
Classification: Midsize Car

© Mazda North America OperationsMazda Mazda6
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $9,000
Classification: Midsize Car

© Mazda North American OperationsMazda CX-3
Year: 2016 and newer
Estimated Price: $15,100
Classification: Small SUV

© Mazda North AmericaMazda CX-5
Year: 2014 and newer; built after October 2013
Estimated Price: $10,700
Classification: Small SUV

© Nissan North AmericaNissan Murano
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $17,200
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Nissan North AmericaNissan Pathfinder
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $16,300
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Nissan North America, Inc.Nissan Rogue
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $11,500
Classification: Small SUV

© Subaru of AmericaSubaru Forester
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $12,000
Classification: Small SUV

© Subaru of AmericaSubaru Legacy
Year: 2013 and newer; built after October 2012
Estimated Price: $8,300
Classification: Midsize Car

© Subaru of AmericaSubaru Outback
Year: 2013 and newer; built after October 2012
Estimated Price: $10,300
Classification: Midsize

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Avalon
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $17,500
Classification: Large Car

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Highlander
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $17,600
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Prius v
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $14,700
Classification: Midsize Car

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.Toyota RAV4
Year: 2015 and newer; built after November 2014
Estimated Price: $14,800
Classification: Small SUV

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Sienna
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $17,500
Classification: Minivan

© Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.Toyota Tacoma Access Cab
Year: 2016 and newer
Estimated Price: $18,100
Classification: Small Pickup

© Toyota Motor Sales USAToyota Tundra Double Cab
Year: 2014 and newer
Estimated Price: $19,000
Classification: Large Pickup

© Volkswagen of America, Inc.Volkswagen Jetta
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $8,900
Classification: Midsize Car

© Volkswagen of AmericaVolkswagen Passat
Year: 2013 and newer; built after October 2012
Estimated Price: $6,000
Classification: Midsize Car

© Volvo Cars of North AmericaVolvo S60
Year: 2011 and newer
Estimated Price: $7,900
Classification: Midsize

© Volvo Cars North AmericaVolvo S80
Year: 2007 and newer
Estimated Price: $3,900
Classification: Large Car

© Volvo Cars North AmericaVolvo V60
Year: 2015 and newer
Estimated Price: $14,800
Classification: Midsize Car

© Volvo Cars North AmericaVolvo XC60
Year: 2013 and newer
Estimated Price: $12,900
Classification: Midsize SUV

© Volvo Cars North AmericaVolvo XC90
Year: 2005 and newer
Estimated Price: $3,700
Classification: Midsize SUV

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