Insurance institute picks safest cars for teens (not necessarily safest for other road users)

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Insurance institute picks safest cars for teens (not necessarily safest for other road users)
She’s done with driving school and ready to hit the road.

So you’re getting her a car. You may want to check the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) list for the safest cars for teen drivers, which the agency published on its website.

The list categorizes the cars according to make, model and prices, taking into consideration the vehicle’s safety and driving features vis-à-vis the driver’s skill level, price points and safety rating.

The list also enumerates the best pre-loved models to get for your teen, based on a market preference which was observed in a national phone survey where 83% of respondents said that they bought vehicles that have been previously used.

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Vehicle prices range from $2,000 to $20,000 and all have an electronic stability control feature, which IIHS says is a must for a teen driver who is still developing her motoring skills and may not be able to negotiate difficult driving conditions.

The Institute also said to always look for a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) rating, and take note of product recalls on models when shopping around for a vehicle.

It is advisable to avoid high powered engines and keep to the bigger and heavier vehicles to keep your teen driver away from accidents, the Institute also advised.

Here are the vehicles that made the top spot for their respective categories in the under $20,000 safest teen cars list of the IIHS:

                 Safest Pre-Used Cars for Teen Drivers
 

Make

Model

Year

Price

Large Car

Volvo S80

2007 and newer

$4,000

Midsize Car

Dodge Avenger

2011-2014

$5,300

Small SUV

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2011 and newer

$6,900

Midsize SUV

Volvo XC90

2005 and newer

$2,500

Minivan

Kia Sedona

2015 and newer

$14,700

Pickup

Toyota Tundra

2014 and newer

$15,600



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