You’ve probably anticipated this day with excitement and dread: That teenage in your house is now a licensed driver. Now the questions begin. Will she remember to use the turn signals? Will he observe the speed limits? Will she remember to remain several car lengths behind the car in front of her? How did my baby grow up so fast?
The IIHS knows that many families are watching every penny, and sometimes, they have to make decisions based on costs–even when it comes to their kids’ cars. That’s why the organization has divided its used-car recommendations into two categories: the best cars for teens and good cars for teens.
The good cars all start below $10,000. The best cars start below $20,000, though some offer Kelley Blue Book values as low as $2,500.
The latest update of the Institute’s list of recommended used vehicles for teens includes 49 “best choices,” starting under $20,000, and 82 “good choices,” starting under $10,000. (The latter category includes the 2007 Santa Fe.)
GOOD CHOICES: recommended used vehicles for teens starting under $10,000
|LARGE CARS||MODEL YEARS||PRICE|
|Ford Taurus||2009 and newer||$4,300|
|Audi A6||2007 and newer||$5,600|
|Buick LaCrosse||2010 and newer||$7,500|
|Lincoln MKS||2009 and newer||$7,800|
|Buick Regal||2011 and newer||$8,000|
|Saab 9-5 NG||2010-11||$9,700|
|Acura RL||2009 and newer||$9,900|
Saab 9-3 is listed in the mid-size class!
|MIDSIZE CARS||MODEL YEARS||PRICE|
|Volkswagen Jetta sedan and wagon||2009-14||$3,900|
|Audi A4 sedan and wagon||2007 and newer; built after July 2006||$4,100|
|Volkswagen Passat sedan and wagon||2009-12||$4,500|