Finally, a list of safe, affordable teen cars

Last summer, the PEMCO Poll revealed that 50% of the cars driven by newly licensed Northwest teens were on average eight or nine years old – troubling, because older cars often lack important safety features needed to keep inexperienced drivers safe.
   Now the nonprofit Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a new national study with similar findings: 83% of parents who bought a car for their teenagers bought it used.
   Another IIHS study concludes that teens killed in crashes are more likely than adults to have been driving older, smaller cars.
   But here's helpful advice from IIHS. For the first time, IIHS recommends which used cars are safest and also affordable for teens. Four factors helped earn cars a place on the list:

  • Modest horsepower
  • Bigger and heavier, which protects better in a crash
  • Electronic stability control
  • High safety ratings.

   Cars of all sizes made the long list – large, midsize, SUVs, and minivans. Top choices include the Ford Taurus, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Chevy Malibu, and Subaru Outback. You'll also see cars as old as a 2004 Accura and 2005 Audi.
   The least-expensive car earning an IIHS "good choice" is a 2006 Kia Sedona, priced by Kelley Blue Book at $4,600.
   Read the entire list from IIHS.

by  Jon Osterberg

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