Best Used Cars for Teen Drivers – 2014
By: Good2GoPublished: September 9, 2014
School is officially back in session, and if you’re tired of chauffeuring your teens around throughout the school year, maybe it’s time for them to get cars of their own. But how do you know which car is right for your young driver? To help you choose a vehicle that is both safe and affordable, we’ve compiled a list of the best used cars for teenage drivers as rated by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS).
Teen driving statistics
While price is a major factor for families looking for a car, safety should also play a strong role in your purchase decision. This is especially important because teen drivers are considered high risk since they are new to the roads and are likely to engage in risky or distracting behaviors behind the wheel.
Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young adults between 15 to 20 years old, and teen drivers have crash rates 3 times higher than drivers who are 20 and older. The riskiest age group is 16 – 17 year olds and in 2012, a total of 2,823 teenagers ages 13-19 died in motor vehicle crashes.
The good news is teen crashes have decreased overtime. According to the IIHS, there are 68% fewer motor vehicle crashes among teens than in 1975 and 7% fewer than in 2011. While there has been great progress in increasing road safety measures, more work needs to be done.
Car safety features
When shopping for a car on a budget, it’s crucial that you try not to compromise safety. In a survey conducted for IIHS on parents of teen drivers, 83% of those who bought a vehicle for their teen bought it used. If you choose to buy a used car for your young driver, the IIHS recommends cars featuring these four defining safety principles:
- Stay away from vehicles boasting high horsepower as these powerful engines can tempt teens to test highway speed limits.
- Bigger, heavier vehicles like small SUVs and midsize cars are safer since they provide better protection in a crash. But steer clear of pickup trucks and large SUVs.
- Make sure the vehicle has electronic stability control (ESC). This helps drivers maintain control of the vehicle on curvy and slippery roads and reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts.
- Vehicles should have the highest safety ratings possible. That means they should have a minimum “good” rating in the IIHS moderate overlap front test, an “acceptable” rating in the IIHS side crash test, and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Best used cars for teen drivers
With safety and affordability in mind, here are the best used midsize cars for teens under $10,000:
|Midsize Cars||Model Years||Price|
|Volkswagen Passat||2009 and later||$10,000|
|Volvo C30||2008 and later||$9,800|
|Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen||2009 and later||$9,400|
|BMW 3-series sedan||2006 and later||$9,300|
|Mazda 6||2009 and later||$8,900|
|Volkswagen Jetta||2009 and later||$8,200|
|Acura TL||2004 and later||$7,900|
|Volvo S40||2007 and later||$7,700|
|Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan||2005-08||$6,900|
|Suzuki Kizashi||2010 and later||$6,600|
|Audi A4||2005-08; built after October 2004||$6,200|
|Saab 9-3||2005 and later||$4,000|
Source: Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), Recommended used vehicles for teens
Car insurance for teenagers
Even though you may be able to find a car that meets your approval for safety and budget, there is no doubt that adding a young driver and another car to your insurance policy will increase your premiums. To save money on your car insurance, take advantage of any available discounts your insurer has to offer. At Good2Go, we have plenty of car insurance discounts for you to choose from for you and your young driver.
- Good Student Discount: Receive up to 10% off your premium if you have a full-time high school or college student between the ages of 16-25 and they maintain a B average.
- Defensive Driving Course Discount: Your teen could save up to 15% on most car insurance coverages by taking a defensive driving course.
- Multi-car Discount: By adding one or more family members in the same household to your policy, you could save up to 32% on your premium.
- Cell Phone Safety Discount: This discount is perfect for parents who want to make sure their teens are practicing safe driving habits on the road. By installing a text blocking device in your teen’s vehicle, you could save 5% off your car insurance.
Check out our full list of car insurance discounts and see if you’re eligible for additional savings.
Good2Go wants you – and your teenager – to drive safe – and affordably. Find out how you can protect yourself with Good2Go.com auto insurance. Get a cheap car insurance quote today.