IIHS Announces Best Used Cars for Teen Drivers

IIHS released its list of best cars for teen drivers based on important safety criteria with teens in mind. Recommendations for teen autos are based on four criteria and recommendations:
  1. Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. Vehicles with more powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits.
  2. Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash. There are no minicars or small cars on the recommended list.
  3. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a must. This feature, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads
  4. Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible. At a minimum, that means good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front test, acceptable ratings in the IIHS side crash test and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The vehicles listed below are considered “best” choices and have the following: Used prices under $20,000 (based on the Kelly Blue Book on July 1, 2014). Standard ESC (Electronic Stability Control). Provide good protection in moderate overlap front crashes and also have good ratings for side crash protection, head restraints, rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes. Audi A3: 2008 and later Audi A4: 2009 and later Buick Verano: 2012 and later Chevy Malibu: 2010 and later Chrysler 200: 2011 and later Dodge Avenger: 2011 and later Ford Fusion: 2010 and later Honda Accord Sedan: 2012 and later Hyundai Sonata: 2011 and later KIA Optima: 2011 and later Lincoln MKZ: 2010 and later Mercedes E-Class: 2009 and later Mercury Milan: 2010-2011 Subaru Legacy: 2010 and later Subaru Outback: 2010 and later Toyota Camry: 2012 and later Toyota Prius V: 2012 and later Volkswagen CC: 2009 and later Volkswagen Jetta: 2009 and later Volkswagen Passat: 2009 and later Volvo C30: 2008 and later

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