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Choosing the best vehicle for your teen

Choosing the best vehicle for your teen

IIHS is known for its ratings of new vehicles, but for many families, a brand new TOP SAFETY PICK or TOP SAFETY PICK+ isn’t in the budget for a teen’s vehicle. In a national phone survey conducted for IIHS of parents of teen drivers, 83 percent of those who bought a vehicle for their teenagers said they bought it used (see background research).

With that reality in mind, the Institute regularly publishes a list of affordable used vehicles that meet important safety criteria for teen drivers. There are two tiers of recommended vehicles, best choices and good choices. Prices range from about $2,000 to nearly $20,000, so parents can buy the most safety for their money, whatever their budget.

Defining safety

The recommendations are guided by four main principles:

  • Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. More powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits.
  • Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer. They protect better in a crash, and HLDI analyses of insurance data show that teen drivers are less likely to crash them in the first place. There are no minicars or small cars on the recommended list. Small SUVs are included because their weight is similar to that of a midsize car.
  • Electronic stability control (ESC) is a must. This feature, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts.
  • Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible. At a minimum, that means good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Check for recalls

Use the Vehicle Identification Number to check for outstanding recalls before buying a used vehicle. To receive future recall notices, notify the manufacturer of your purchase. NHTSA also advises vehicle owners to check its database for new recalls every six months or so.

BEST CHOICES: recommended used vehicles for teens starting under $20,000

Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests and good or acceptable ratings in the driver-side small overlap front test. If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme. All come with standard ESC.

Vehicles with substantially higher than average claim frequency under medical payment or personal injury protection coverage are excluded from this list.

All listed vehicles start under $20,000. Prices, provided by Kelley Blue Book and rounded to the nearest $100, are from Sept. 15, 2018, for the lowest trim level and earliest applicable model year. The estimates are based on the following criteria: vehicle in good condition, typical mileage and private party purchase in Arlington, Va.

Some listed models include a “built after” date. This applies when a manufacturer makes changes to improve safety in the middle of a model year. Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured can be found on the certification label typically affixed to the driver door or near it.

MIDSIZE CARSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Volkswagen Passat2013 and newer; built after October 2012$6,600
Volvo S602011 and newer$7,900
Ford Fusion2013 and newer; built after December 2012$8,100
Subaru Legacy2013 and newer; built after October 2012$8,300
Honda Accord coupe2013 and newer$8,900
Volkswagen Jetta2015 and newer$8,900
Mazda 62014 and newer$9,000
Honda Accord sedan2013 and newer$9,400
Subaru Outback2013 and newer; built after August 2012$10,300
Acura TL2012-14; built after April 2012$10,700
Lincoln MKZ2013 and newer$11,900
Toyota Prius v2015 and newer$14,700
Volvo V602015 and newer$14,800
Audi A32015 and newer$15,000
Acura TLX2015; 2017 and newer$16,500
BMW 2 series coupe2015 and newer$18,600
Infiniti Q502014 and newer$18,600
LARGE CARSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Volvo S802007 and newer$3,900
Ford Taurus2013 and newer$10,000
Chevrolet Impala2015 and newer$13,200
Infiniti M37/Q702013 and newer$14,400
Toyota Avalon2015 and newer$17,500
Acura RLX2014 and newer$18,600
Buick LaCrosse2017 and newer$19,800
SMALL SUVSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Mazda CX-52014 and newer; built after October 2013$10,700
Fiat 500X2016 and newer; built after July 2015$11,300
Nissan Rogue2014 and newer$11,500
Subaru Forester2014 and newer$12,000
Buick Encore2015 and newer$12,300
Honda CR-V2015 and newer$13,500
Ford Escape2017 and newer$14,600
Toyota RAV42015 and newer; built after November 2014$14,800
Hyundai Tucson2016 and newer$15,100
Mazda CX-32016 and newer$15,100
Kia Sportage2017 and newer$15,900
MIDSIZE SUVSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Volvo XC902005 and newer$3,700
Ford Flex2011 and newer$8,700
Chevrolet Equinox2014 and newer$11,700
GMC Terrain2014 and newer$12,900
Volvo XC602013 and newer$12,900
Kia Sorento2016 and newer$15,900
Nissan Pathfinder2015 and newer$16,300
Nissan Murano2015 and newer$17,200
Ford Edge2016 and newer$17,600
Toyota Highlander2014 and newer$17,600
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport2017 and newer$17,700
Acura MDX2014 and newer$19,600
Hyundai Santa Fe2017 and newer; built after March 2016$19,800
MINIVANSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Honda Odyssey2014 and newer$12,700
Kia Sedona2015 and newer$12,800
Toyota Sienna2015 and newer$17,500
SMALL PICKUPMODEL YEARSPRICE
Toyota Tacoma Access cab2016 and newer$18,100
LARGE PICKUPMODEL YEARSPRICE
Toyota Tundra Double Cab2014 and newer$19,000

GOOD CHOICES: recommended used vehicles for teens starting under $10,000

Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme. All come with standard ESC.

All listed vehicles start under $10,000. Prices, provided by Kelley Blue Book and rounded to the nearest $100, are from Sept. 15, 2018, for the lowest trim level and earliest applicable model year. The estimates are based on the following criteria: vehicle in good condition, typical mileage and private party purchase in Arlington, Va.

Some listed models include a “built after” date. This applies when a manufacturer makes changes to improve safety in the middle of a model year. Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured can be found on the certification label typically affixed to the driver door or near it.

MIDSIZE CARSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Volkswagen Jetta sedan or wagon2009-14$3,800
Volkswagen Passat sedan or wagon2009-12$4,300
Volkswagen CC2009 and newer$4,700
Chevrolet Malibu2010 and newer; built after November 2009$4,900
Ford Fusion2011-12$4,900
Subaru Legacy2010-12$4,900
Audi A32008-13$5,000
Volvo C302008-13$5,100
Hyundai Sonata2011 and newer$5,400
Audi A4 sedan or wagon2009 and newer$6,100
Kia Optima2011 and newer$6,200
Subaru Outback2010-12$6,200
Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan2009 and newer$6,900
Honda Accord sedan2012$7,300
Lincoln MKZ2011-12$7,700
Buick Verano2012-15$8,000
Toyota Camry2012 and newer$8,600
Nissan Altima sedan2013 and newer; built after November 2012$8,900
Toyota Prius v2012-14$9,100
BMW 3 series sedan2012 and newer$9,900
LARGE CARSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Buick LaCrosse2010-16$6,200
Ford Taurus2010-12$6,500
Buick Regal2011-17$6,800
Saab 9-52010-11$7,100
Lincoln MKS2009-16$7,400
Cadillac CTS sedan2011 and newer$8,300
Hyundai Azera2012 and newer$8,400
Hyundai Genesis sedan2011 and newer$8,600
Dodge Charger2011 and newer$8,800
Chrysler 3002011 and newer$8,900
Toyota Avalon2011-14$9,300
SMALL SUVSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Honda Element2007-11$4,400
Volkswagen Tiguan2009 and newer$5,100
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport2011 and newer$5,600
Subaru Forester2009-13$5,600
Hyundai Tucson2010-15$5,900
Kia Sportage2011-16$6,600
Ford Escape2013-16$8,900
Mitsubishi Outlander2014 and newer$9,300
Mazda CX-52013$9,500
Buick Encore2013-14$9,700
Honda CR-V2012 and newer$9,700
MIDSIZE SUVSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca2006-14$4,100
Dodge Journey2010 and newer$5,100
Hyundai Santa Fe2011-16$6,500
Chevrolet Equinox2011-13$7,100
Toyota Venza2009-15$7,300
Volvo XC602010-12$7,400
Infiniti EX2008-13$7,700
Toyota Highlander2008-13$8,100
GMC Terrain2011-13$8,200
Kia Sorento2012-15$8,300
Audi Q52009 and newer$9,700
Ford Edge2012 and newer$9,900
Ford Explorer2011 and newer$9,900
LARGE SUVMODEL YEARSPRICE
Chevrolet Traverse2012-17$9,300
MINIVANSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Volkswagen Routan2012$6,400
Dodge Grand Caravan2012 and newer$7,400
Honda Odyssey2011-13$8,100
Chrysler Town & Country2012-16$8,600
Toyota Sienna2011-14$9,000
LARGE PICKUPMODEL YEARSPRICE
Toyota Tundra Double Cab2007-13$8,600


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