A 2015 study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) listed the 10 best used cars for teen drivers for parents looking for safe, affordable used vehicles for their teen driver. According to the IIHS, 35 percent of fatalities for teen drivers between the ages of 16-19 are related to the types of vehicles they drive.
Selections were made based on vehicles that earned top ratings in IIHS crash tests, cost less than $20,000 and are inexpensive to maintain and insure. Here’s the list:
- Toyota Tundra (2007+)
- Jeep Cherokee (2014+)
- Kia Sorrento (2011+)
- Mazda CX-5 (2013+)
- Mitsubishi Outlander Sport (2011+)
- Honda Accord (2012+)
- Chevrolet Malibu (2010+)
- Volvo XC90 (2005+)
- Ford Explorer (2011+)
- Subaru Forester (2009+)
Parents may be surprised to see so many SUVs on the list, since it had been thought that higher profile vehicles were unsafe. However, according to the IIHS, these are the important things to know about buying your teen a safe car:
- Larger, heavier vehicles are safer. The IIHS says parents should not consider small cars or minicars for teens.
- Avoid vehicles with high horsepower. Many teens won’t be able to resist testing the limits of speed that vehicles with big engines provide. Their inexperience can lead to a deadly crash.
- Electronic stability control is critical. Mandatory on vehicles since 2012, this technology helps drivers maintain control on slippery roads and curves.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an accident, our Texas personal injury attorneys have the experience and resources to help you through this difficult time and obtain just compensation for your injuries. Please call 800-248-6000 or contact us for a free consultation.
Justin is an attorney at Roberts & Roberts and focuses his practice on mass tort litigation, where he specializes in helping individuals who are harmed by recalled or unsafe pharmaceutical drugs and medical devices. He has earned recognition as a “Top 40 Under 40” Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Prior to joining Roberts & Roberts, Justin served as an attorney in all three branches of Texas’s state government, including as a Briefing Attorney on the Texas Supreme Court. He also represented electric and natural gas utilities in complex regulatory proceedings before the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Railroad Commission of Texas. Justin is a published author in the St. Mary’s Law Journal.