Top Five Safest Cars for Teen Drivers

Top Five Safest Cars for Teen Drivers

Posted By The Maher Law Firm || 7-Aug-2014

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Auto accidents are the leading cause of death among teens. Teen drivers are more likely than drivers in any other age group to be involved in a crash.

Given these facts, it is natural for parents to be worried about their teen's safety when he or she gets a driver's license. However, there are some steps that parents can take to cut down on the risks their teen driver faces.

Buying a safe, reliable car may be the most important step. The vehicle does not have to be a new, expensive one to be a safe one. In fact, there are many used, affordable cars that can provide a high level of safety.

A good source of information about the top used cars for teen drivers is a recent report issued by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety(IIHS). The IIHS report separates what it considers to be the safest used vehicles into two categories: Those starting under $20,000 and those starting under $10,000.

Here, we highlight five of the top, most budget-friendly vehicles for parents to consider when looking for a car for their teen driver:

Acura RL

Average price: $9,700

Details: The Acura RL, model years 2005 and later, ranked highest among large cars in the IIHS rankings. It received "good" ratings for moderate overlap front protection and side protection and "marginal" ratings for roof strength, head restraints and seats.

Subaru Legacy

Average price: $9,900

Details: Among mid-size cars under $10,000, the 2009 Legacy was a top safety pick. It received "good" ratings in head restraints and seats as well as side protection and moderate overlap front protection.

Nissan Rogue

Average price: $9,800

Details: For those interested in small SUVs, the 2008 and later models of the Nissan Rogue topped the ratings. Even though the vehicle received only a "marginal" rating in small overlap front protection, it received "good" ratings in several other categories.

Mazda CX-9

Average price: $9,800

Details: The Mazda CX-9 from 2007 and later topped the list of mid-size SUVs. However, the vehicle got a "poor" rating for small overlap front protection.

Volkswagen Routan

Average price: $8,600

Details: If you want your teen in a minivan, the IIHS ratings suggest that the Volkswagen Routan from 2009 to 2011 is your best bet. The vehicle received "good" ratings for moderate overlap front and side protection and a "marginal" rating for head restraints and seats.

To review the complete IIHS listings, click here.

Tips for Finding a Safe Car for Your Teen

For parents shopping for their teen's vehicle, the IIHS provides several tips, including:

  • Avoid vehicles with high horsepower. Teens do not need to be in vehicles that will tempt them to speed. Excessive speed is a factor in an overwhelming majority of auto accidents.
  • Choose larger, heavier vehicles for better protection. No minicars or compact vehicles made the IIHS lists - for a good reason. Small vehicles offer little protection in the event of a crash.
  • Look for electronic stability control. ESC will help your teen maintain control of the vehicle in adverse conditions and can reduce the risk of injury at a rate comparable to that of wearing a seatbelt.
  • Seek out high safety ratings. Always check the safety ratings of any vehicle you are considering. These can be found through the IIHS or through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

You can't ride along every time your teen gets behind the wheel. However, by choosing the right vehicle, you can still have a significant impact on their safety.

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