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Best used cars for teens – is yours on the list?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015by  Sharlyn Petit

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released an updated list of recommended used vehicles for teen drivers. The good news: parents looking for a safe and affordable vehicle have more choices than just a year ago.

The list has grown by 50 percent over past year, with the IIHS urging parents not to compromise on these three points:

  1. High horsepower should be avoided.
  2. Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer.
  3. Electronic stability control is a must.

The IIHS breaks down its list into two tiers: "best choices," priced under $20,000 with good ratings in the Institute's four oldest crashworthiness tests; and "good choices," priced under $10,000 with less-than-perfect ratings in some tests.

The least expensive vehicle earning an IIHS “best choice” rating is a 2005 Volvo XC90, priced by Kelley Blue Book at $4,600.

New this year, several pickups made this list. IIHS found in a recent survey that 14% of teenagers drive pickups. The least expensive vehicle earning an IIHS “good choice” rating is a 2006 Honda Ridgeline, priced by Kelley Blue Book at $7,700.

Is your teen’s car on the list? Check out all of the IIHS recommendations.

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