Defining the Best Used Cars for Teen Drivers

Buick LaCrosse | Best used cars for teen drivers
A used Buick LaCrosse is one of the best used cars for teen drivers. Others include the Toyota Camry, Kia Sportage, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue.

For the first time ever, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released a list of the best used cars for teen drivers. As the organization points out, though safety technology has greatly improved in our newer-model vehicles, those are often not the cars we pass down to our teens. Since motor vehicle accidents remain the leading cause of death among teenagers, it’s important that we equip them with the proper technology to keep them safe.

“A teenager’s first car is more than just a financial decision,” IIHS president Adrian Lund said. “These lists of recommended used vehicles can help consumers factor in safety, in addition to affordability.”

The IIHS broke up their list of recommended vehicles into two categories – Best Choices and Good Choices.

Best Choice vehicles are all four- or five-star safety vehicles according to ratings by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration or earned “good” ratings from the IIHS in the moderate overlap front, side impact, roof strength, and head restraint tests. They also include electronic stability control (ESC) as standard, are lighter on horsepower, and have a starting price under $20,000.

Vehicles in this category include the Toyota Camry (model year 2012 and earlier), Buick LaCrosse (2010 and later), Kia Sportage (2011 and later), Chrysler Town & Country (2012 and later), and many more.

The IIHS list of Good Choices differ in that they earned either a “good” or “acceptable” rating on the IIHS side test and pricing begins under $10,000. Vehicles on this list include the Volvo S40 (2007 and later), the Ford Escape (2009 and later), the Nissan Rogue (2008 and later), and several others.

If you have any questions about buying a vehicle for your teen with safety you can trust, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used Cars. We have several of the recommended vehicles in our current inventory.

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