AirTalk for July 17, 2014

Used cars with best value and safety for young drivers

No, your other right! Most parents would probably welcome some help when it comes to teaching teenage drivers.

Carolyn Kaster/AP

What are the safest cars for teenagers to drive?

Recognizing that most young drivers get used cars as their first set of wheels, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has released its first ever list of recommended used vehicles for teens.

The list emphasizes crash protection and safety technology knowing that inexperienced young drivers are higher risks. The IIHS list offers a range of price points - from a $5,000 Saab 9-3 to a $19,000 Toyota Prius v.

The recommendations also remind parents to steer away from high horsepower vehicles. What is the right car for the young driver in your life? What about keeping insurance rates down?


Carroll Lachnit, Consumer Advice Editor,

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