These Are the Safest Cars for Teens


Any parent of a teen driver will tell you that safety is a major concern.

One way to help alleviate those fears is to have your teen drive a safe car. Each year, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) publishes a list of the safest cars for teen drivers.

This year’s list was the most stringent yet. The IIHS added even more criteria to the best used cars for teens, while small overlap front crash protection has been factored in for the best choices section of the list. And the bar has been raised for the less expensive good choices as well, with better side and head restraint ratings required.

Even with this new criteria, this year’s list includes 49 "best choices," starting under $20,000, and 82 "good choices," starting under $10,000. This year’s report also cautions teens to avoid high horsepower cars and minicars.

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