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Used cars with best value and safety for young drivers

What are the safest cars for teenagers to drive?
What are the safest cars for teenagers to drive?
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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,