by Sharlyn Petit
If you’re researching a used car for your teen, there’s a lot to consider. Safety should be at the top of the list – so, Consumer Reports to the rescue! They’ve compiled a 2015 list of the top 10 safest used cars for teens.
Electronic stability control, side curtain airbags, front airbags, good stopping distances, and not being too slow or too fast are all considerations for making the list. And, get this: Consumer Reports says midsized or larger sedans are better than SUVs because their lower center of gravity gives them more stability.
Here are the top 10:
1. Chevrolet Malibu (2009-2012, 4-cyl.) Starting at: $8,125
2. Ford Focus (2009-2011) Starting at: $6,050
3. Ford Fusion (2010-2012, 4-cyl. and hybrid) Starting at: $8,325
4. Hyundai Sonata (2006-2014, 4-cyl., non-turbo) Starting at: $5,450
5. Kia Soul (2010-2011) Starting at: $8,925
6. Mazda3 (2011-2013) Starting at: $9,825
7. Mazda6i (2009-2013, 4-cyl.) Starting at: $8,375
8. Toyota RAV4 (2004-2012, 4-cyl.) Starting at: $5,590
9. Volkswagen Jetta (2009-2010, 4-cyl.) Starting at: $7,250
10. Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf (2009-2014) Starting at: $7,700
Read more about why each of the cars made the list in the full article at consumerreports.org.