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IIHS Recommends Safest Used Cars for Teen Drivers

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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, Jul 16, 2014)

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

    Eighty-three percent of parents surveyed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said they've purchased a used vehicle for their teen. And with car accidents the leading cause of death among teens, choosing the right vehicle is critical.

    For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of the safest used cars for teenage drivers.

    "A teenager's first car is more than just a financial decision," says IIHS President Adrian Lund. "These lists of recommended used vehicles can help consumers factor in safety, in addition to affordability."

    Below is the IIHS' list of the best, affordable vehicles for teen drivers:

    LARGE CARS MODEL YEARS PRICE
    Saab 9-5 sedan 2010 and later $17,500
    Lincoln MKS 2009 and later $15,500
    Buick Regal 2011 and later $13,500
    Ford Taurus 2010 and later $13,500
    Buick LaCrosse 2010 and later $12,900
    Volvo S80 2007 and later $9,000

     

    MIDSIZE CARS

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Toyota Prius v 2012 and later $19,100
    Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan 2009 and later $16,000
    Honda Accord sedan 2012 and later; coupe 2013-14 $14,400
    Audi A4 2009 and later $14,300
    Toyota Camry 2012 and later $14,300
    Buick Verano 2012 and later $14,100
    Subaru Outback 2010 and later $14,000
    Lincoln MKZ 2010 and later; built after April 2010 $13,500
    Kia Optima 2011 and later $13,300
    Hyundai Sonata 2011 and later $12,100
    Subaru Legacy 2010 and later $11,900
    Dodge Avenger 2011 and later $11,600
    Audi A3 2008 and later $11,300
    Volkswagen CC 2009 and later $11,200
    Chevrolet Malibu 2010 and later; built after November 2009 $10,900
    Chrysler 200 sedan 2011 and later $10,700
    Mercury Milan 2010-11; built after April 2010 $10,700
    Ford Fusion 2010 and later; built after April 2010 $10,200
    Volkswagen Passat 2009 and later $10,000
    Volvo C30 2008 and later $9,800
    Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009 and later $9,400
    Volkswagen Jetta 2009 and later $8,200

     

    SMALL SUVs

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Honda CR-V 2012 and later $18,100
    Kia Sportage 2011 and later $13,800
    Hyundai Tucson 2010 and later $13,100
    Subaru Forester 2009 and later $12,800
    Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2011 and later $12,000
    Volkswagen Tiguan 2009 and later $10,200
    Honda Element 2007 and later $8,900

     

    MIDSIZE SUVs

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Volvo XC60 2010 and later $18,000
    Saab 9-4X 2011-12 $17,800
    Toyota Highlander 2008 and later $17,100
    Toyota Venza 2009 and later $15,900
    Ford Edge 2011 and later; built after February 2011 $15,500
    Ford Flex 2010 and later $15,100
    GMC Terrain 2010 and later $14,900
    Kia Sorento 2011 and later $14,500
    Infiniti EX 2008 and later $14,400
    Chevrolet Equinox 2010 and later $13,700
    Dodge Journey 2010 and later $11,200
    Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca 2006 and later $8,500
    Volvo XC90 2005 and later $7,300

     

    LARGE SUVs

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Buick Enclave 2011 and later $19,900
    GMC Acadia 2011 and later $17,800
    Chevrolet Traverse 2011 and later $16,600

     

    MINIVANS

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Chrysler Town & Country 2012 and later $18,100
    Honda Odyssey 2011 and later $17,100
    Toyota Sienna 2011 and later $16,400
    Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 and later $15,200
    Volkswagen Routan 2012 $14,000

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