Safety Group Releases Parents Guide Of Recommended Cars For Teens


UPDATED: Wednesday July 16, 2014 12:37 PM

Parents wanting to make sure they have a safe car for their teen now have a brand-new guide.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety created the first list of vehicles specifically aimed at teen buyers and their parents.

The group created a list of vehicles from $4,000 to just under $20,000.

The list is based on four principals, according to the IIHS:

     1. Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower
     2. Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash
     3. The Electronic Stability Control feature is a must to help control the vehicle on curves and slippery roads
     4. Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible

A survey by the organization found that the mean purchase price for a teen’s vehicle is about $9,800 and the median was just $5,300.

The most inexpensive vehicles on the list include the Saab 9-3 Midsized (2005 and later) valued around $4,000 and the Kia Sedona Minivan (2006 and later) valued around $4,600.

Here’s the entire IIHS list

Best choices: recommended used vehicles for teens starting under $20,000 Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme. All come with standard ESC.

LARGE CARS PRICE

Saab 9-5 sedan (2010 and later) - $17,500

Lincoln MKS (2009 and later) - $15,500

Buick Regal (2011 and later) - $13,500

Ford Taurus (2010 and later) - $13,500

Buick LaCrosse (2010 and later) - $12,900

Volvo S80 (2007 and later) - $9,000

MIDSIZE CARS PRICE

Toyota Prius v (2012 and later) - $19,100

Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2009 and later) - $16,000

Honda Accord (sedan 2012 and later) - $14,400

Audi A4 (2009 and later) - $14,300

Toyota Camry (2012 and later) - $14,300

Buick Verano (2012 and later) - $14,100

Subaru Outback (2010 and later) - $14,000

Lincoln MKZ (2010 and later) - $13,500

Kia Optima (2011 and later ) - $13,300

Hyundai Sonata (2011 and later) - $12,100

Subaru Legacy (2010 and later) - $11,900

Dodge Avenger 2011 and later - $11,600

Audi A3 (2008 and later) - $11,300

Volkswagen CC (2009 and later) - $11,200

Chevrolet Malibu (2010 and later) - $10,900

Chrysler 200 sedan (2011 and later) - $10,700

Mercury Milan (2010 and later) - $10,700

Ford Fusion (2010 and later) - $10,200

Volkswagen Passat (2009 and later) - $10,000

Volvo C30 (2008 and later) - $9,800

Volks Jetta SportWagen (2009 and later) - $9,400

Volkswagen Jetta (2009 and later) - $8,200

SMALL SUVs PRICE

Honda CR-V (2012 and later) - $18,100

Kia Sportage (2011 and later) - $13,800

Hyundai Tucson (2010 and later) - $13,100

Subaru Forester (2009 and later) - $12,800

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (2011 later) - $12,000

Volkswagen Tiguan (2009 and later) - $10,200

Honda Element (2007 and later) - $8,900

MIDSIZE SUVs PRICE

Volvo XC60 (2010 and later) - $18,000

Saab 9-4X (2011-12) - $17,800

Toyota Highlander (2008 and later) - $17,100

Toyota Venza (2009 and later) - $15,900

Ford Edge (2011 and later) - $15,500

Ford Flex (2010 and later) - $15,100

GMC Terrain (2010 and later) - $14,900

Kia Sorento (2011 and later) - $14,500

Inifiniti EX (2008 and later) - $14,400

Chevrolet Equinox (2010 and later) - $13,700

Dodge Journey (2010 and later) - $11,200

Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca (2006 later) - $8,500

Volvo XC90 (2005 and later) - $7,300

LARGE SUVs PRICE

Buick Enclave (2011 and later) - $19,900

GMC Acadia (2011 and later) - $17,800

Chevrolet Traverse (2011 and later) - $16,600

MINIVANS PRICE

Chrysler Town & Country (2012 later) - $18,100

Honda Odyssey (2011 and later) - $17,100

Toyota Sienna (2011 and later) - $16,400

Dodge Grand Caravan (2012 and later) - $15,200

Volkswagen Routan (2012) - $14,000

Good choices: recommended used vehicles for teens starting under $10,000

Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front test and good or acceptable ratings in the side test. If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme. They also have standard ESC and a better-than-poor rating for head restraints and seats.

LARGE CARS PRICE

Acura RL (2005 and later) - $9,700

Mercury Sable (2009) - $9,700

Kia Amanti (2009) - $9,500

Ford Taurus (2009) - $9,100

Audi A6 sedan (2005 and later) - $8,300

Hyundai Azera (2006 and later) - $5,700

MIDSIZE CARS PRICE

Subaru Legacy (2009) - $9,900

BMW 3-series sedan (2006 and later) - $9,300

Mazda 6 (2009 and later) - $8,900

Saturn Aura (2009) - $8,800

Acura TL (2004 and later) - $7,900

Volvo S40 (2007 and later) - $7,700

Audi A3 (2006-07) - $7,400

Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan (2005-08) - $6,900

Suzuki Kizashi (2010 and later) - $6,600

Volvo S60 (2007-09) - $6,500

Audi A4 (2005-08) - $6,200

Volkswagen Passat (2006-08) - $5,100

Saab 9-3 (2005 and later) - $4,000

SMALL SUVS PRICE

Nissan Rogue (2008 and later) - $9,800

Ford Escape (2009 and later) - $8,700

Mazda Tribute (2009 and later) - $8,100

Mitsubishi Outlander (2007 and later) - $6,300

Suzuki Grand Vitara (2006 and later) - $5,600

MIDSIZE SUVS PRICE

Mazda CX-9 (2007 and later) - $9,800

Ford Edge (2007-10) - $9,600

Hyundai Veracruz (2007 and later) - $9,600

Hyundai Santa Fe (2007-10) - $8,900

Honda Pilot (2006 and later) - $8,800

Saturn Vue (2008-09) - $7,700

Ford Taurus X (2008-09) - $7,500

Mazda CX-7 (2007-11) - $7,200

Suzuki XL7 (2008-09) - $6,200

MINIVANS PRICE

Volkswagen Routan (2009-11) - $8,600

Dodge Grand Caravan (2008-11) - $8,200

Chrysler Town & Country (2008-11) - $8,100

Honda Odyssey (2005-10) - $6,700

Hyundai Entourage (2007-08) - $6,300

Kia Sedona (2006 and later) - $4,600

Prices, rounded to the nearest $100, were taken from Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com on July 1, 2014, for the lowest trim level and earliest applicable model year based on the following criteria: vehicle in good condition, typical mileage and private party purchase in Arlington, Va.

Note: Some listed models include a “built after” date. This applies when a manufacturer makes changes to improve safety in the middle of a model year. Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured can be found on the certification label typically affixed to the driver door or near it.

LINK: Insurance Institute Of Highway Safety

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