The safest used cars for teen drivers

new-used-car-parking-lotEach year, the trusted source for news and research on driving safety, The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), releases its list of best used vehicles for teens.

This year, the criteria to make the list became even more rigorous than in years past.

Improvements in safety features (like electronic stability control and head restraints) have become standard in many models, so the IIHS raised the bar on which large cars, midsize cars, small SUVs, midsize SUVs, minivans, and pickups made the cut.

IIHS released their latest update to the list which includes 49 "best choices" (under $20,000) and 82 "good choices" (under $10,000). Is the car you're considering for your teen on the list?

The recommendations on the IIHS lists follow these three basic principles:

  1. High horsepower and young drivers don't mix.

  2. Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer.

  3. Electronic stability control is an essential feature.

Choosing a first car for your teen requires a lot of consideration, but we're in agreement with the IIHS that when it comes time to shop, you should buy the most safety you can afford.  

Along with drivers ed, logging practice hours, and building confidence behind the wheel, choosing the safest first car possible may be the single most important thing you can do to protect a newly licensed teen.

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