Parents with teenagers know that choosing a vehicle for their young driver is an anxiety-inducing prospect. What options are safest? What about insurance? What about the price? These are a few of the most common concerns that parents have.
Fortunately, parents now have some help in making this important choice. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports (CR) have teamed up to offer parents recommendations for safe, affordable, and reliable used vehicles that are perfect for teenage drivers.
Used Vehicle Recommendations
IIHS President, David Harkey, says that the organization realizes how many factors go into choosing a teenager’s first vehicle. That is why they teamed up with CR to provide parents with a wide range of choices that fit most every budget and safety concern. The list of recommended vehicles range from $5,300 to $19,600 and, include popular options like:
- 2014 or newer Mazda 3
- 2018 or newer Hyundai Elantra
- 2019 or newer Toyota Corolla
- 2013 or newer Subaru Legacy
- 2015-2017 Toyota Prius
- 2016 Hyundai Genesis
- 2016 or newer Chevrolet Equinox
- 2015-2016 or 2019 Honda CR-V
- 2016 or newer Kia Sorrento
- 2017 or newer Hyundai Santa Fe
- 2016 or newer GMC Terrain
- 2015 or newer Toyota Sienna
These are just some examples of the best-rated cars, SUVs, and minivans. The IIHS and CR chose not to include sports cars or vehicles with a lot of horsepower because they tend to tempt teenage drivers to be more careless. Instead, the list focuses on vehicles that earn good ratings for factors like roof strength, restraints, head restraint tests, control, and stability.
The full list recommends a total of 65 vehicles, broken down into categories of “best” and “good.” Vehicles in both categories meet certain safety and reliability standards, such as:
- Above-average reliability based on CR surveys
- Average or better emergency handling scores
- Dry brake distances of less than 145 feet from 60 mph
- Good ratings in IIHS crashworthiness tests (overlap front, side, and roof strength, head restraints)
- If rated, four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)