Any parent of a teen driver will tell you that safety is a major concern.
One way to help alleviate those fears is to have your teen drive a safe car. TheInsurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) regularly publishes a list of the safest cars for teen drivers.
In recent years, the IIHS added even more criteria to the best used cars for teens, while small overlap front crash protection has been factored in for the best choices section of the list. And the bar has been raised for the less expensive good choices as well, with better side and head restraint ratings required.
Many families don't budget for their teen's vehicle to be an IIHS Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ vehicle. With this in mind, the IIHS created a list of affordable vehicles that meet the safety criteria developed specifically for teen drivers. This criteria focuses on four principles:
- Teen drivers should stay away from vehicles with high horsepower.
- Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer (Minicars or small cars are not included on this list. Small SUVs are included since their weight is very similar to a midsize car).
- Electronic stability control (this feature helps a driver maintain control of a vehicle on curves and slippery roads).
- Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible (at a minimum, the IIHS recommends "good" ratings in the overlap front, side and head restraint tests and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
To see which vehicles made the cut, check out the source article on iihs.org.