The month of July tends to be the most dangerous for teen drivers.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put hundreds of vehicles to the test to find the safest options for teen drivers. Wednesday, the organization released a list of their results.
The study also found many teens are in vehicles that don’t offer good crash protection and lack important safety technology.
The insurance institute tested cars ranging in price from $5,000 to $20,000.
What they found was bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash, even though more than half of teens drive smaller cars. They also found teens should stay away from high horsepower and that electronic stability control is a must. The E.S.C. feature can help a teen keep their vehicle in control on curves and slippery roads.
A lot of cars came out on top.
Here are a few of the best, listed by make, model, recommended year car was made and median price.
- Saab 9-5 sedan, 2010 and later, $17,500!
- Lincoln MKS, 2009 and later, $15,500
- Buick Regal, 2011 and later, $13,500
- Ford Taurus, 2010 and later, $13,500
- Buick LaCrosse, 2010 and later, $12,900
- Volvo S80, 2007 and later, $9,000
- Volvo XC60, 2010 and later, $18,000
- Saab 9-4X, 2011-12, $17,800!
- Toyota Highlander, 2008 and later, $17,100
- Toyota Venza, 2009 and later, $15,900
- Ford Edge, 2011 and later; built after February 2011, $15,500
- Ford Flex, 2010 and later, $15,100
- GMC Terrain, 2010 and later, $14,900
- Kia Sorento, 2011 and later, $14,500
- Infiniti EX, 2008 and later, $14,400
- Chevrolet Equinox, 2010 and later, $13,700
- Dodge Journey, 2010 and later, $11,200
- Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca, 2006 and later, $8,500
- Volvo XC90, 2005 and later, $7,300
Recommended used vehicles for teens starting under $10,000
Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front test and good or acceptable ratings in the side test. If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme. They also have standard ESC and a better-than-poor rating for head restraints and seats.
Prices, rounded to the nearest $100, were taken from Kelley Blue Book on July 1, 2014, for the lowest trim level and earliest applicable model year based on the following criteria: vehicle in good condition, typical mileage and private party purchase in Arlington, Va.
|MIDSIZE CARS||MODEL YEARS||PRICE|
|BMW 3-series sedan||2006 and later||$9,300|
|Mazda 6||2009 and later||$8,900|
|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|