10 of the Safest Used Cars for Teens in 2014

safest cars for teens

Buying a used car is the more popular and financially practical option for most families – 83% buy used over new for their young driver. In addition to fitting your budget, the car you choose should also fit certain safety criteria as teens are new to driving. However, research shows that teens are often driving older and smaller vehicles that lack important safety features.

We took a look at what are considered among the safest used vehicles for young drivers. Similar to our 2013 roundup, we bring you 10 cars that received a BEST CHOICE recommendation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This year, we’ve redirected our focus to used vehicles. Each model listed below costs under $20,000.


Vehicle model IIHS safety ratings Model Year
Saab 9-5 sedan 2010 and later
Lincoln MKS 2009 and later
Buick Regal 2011 and later
Ford Taurus 2010 and later
Buick LaCrosse 2010 and later
Volvo S80 2007 and later
Toyota Prius v 2012 and later
Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan 2009 and later
Honda Accord sedan 2012 and later
Audi A4 2009 and later


For a complete list of the safest used cars for teenagers visit the IIHS ratings page. And remember, automotive technology and safety features evolve, so check back next year for an updated list.