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According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety:

Per mile driven, teenaged drivers are almost three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal auto crash, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The report shows average purchase price for a teen’s vehicle was $9,800; the mid-ranged price-tag for a teen’s vehicle is $5,300.

The report also said bigger and heavier vehicles provide more protection in crashes than smaller and lighter cars.

They should also avoid high horsepower and opt for cars with electronic stability control, which helps drivers navigate curves and slippery roads. Later model years on the list were generally more expensive. The IHHS picks vehicles with good safety rating, four or five stars from NHTSA.

BEST USED VEHICLE CHOICES FOR TEENS

Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. 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. All come with standard ESC.

All listed vehicles start under $20,000. Prices, rounded to the nearest $100, were taken from Kelley Blue Book on Sept. 1, 2015, 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.

LARGE CARS MODEL YEARS PRICE
Volvo S80 2007 and later $5,800
Ford Taurus 2010 and later $10,900
Buick LaCrosse 2010 and later $11,300
Buick Regal 2011 and later $11,500
Lincoln MKS 2009 and later $12,300
Toyota Avalon 2011 and later $15,700
Hyundai Azera 2012 and later $16,800
Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan and coupe 2010 and later $19,000
Infiniti M37/M56/Q70 2011 and later $19,900
MIDSIZE CARS MODEL YEARS PRICE
Volkswagen Jetta sedan and wagon 2009 and later $5,600
Volvo C30 2008 and later $7,000
Volkswagen Passat sedan 2009 and later $7,300
Ford Fusion 2010 and later; built after April 2010; 2010 Fusions built before May meet “good choice” criteria $7,400
Mercury Milan 2010-11; built after April 2010; 2010 Milans built before May meet “good choice” criteria $7,400
Chrysler 200 sedan 2011 and later $8,000
Chevrolet Malibu 2010 and later; built after November 2009 $8,200
Volkswagen CC 2009 and later $8,300
Audi A3 2008 and later $8,400
Dodge Avenger 2011 and later $8,900
Subaru Legacy 2010 and later $9,300
Hyundai Sonata 2011 and later $9,900
Lincoln MKZ 2010 and later; built after April 2010 $10,000
Kia Optima 2011 and later $10,200
Audi A4 sedan 2009 and later $10,800
Honda Accord sedan and coupe sedan 2012 and later; coupe 2013 and later $10,900
Subaru Outback 2010 and later $11,300
Toyota Camry 2012 and later $11,300
Nissan Altima 2013 and later $12,200
Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan 2009-14 $12,300
Buick Verano 2012 and later $12,400
Volvo S60 2011 and later (price is for 2012, which had lower trim level available) $13,400
Toyota Prius v 2012 and later $14,200
Mazda 6 2014 and later $15,100
Acura TSX sedan and wagon 2012 and later $16,600
Acura TL 2012 and later; built after April 2012 $17,300
SMALL SUVs MODEL YEARS PRICE
Honda Element 2007-11 $6,700
Volkswagen Tiguan 2009 and later $7,900
Subaru Forester 2009 and later $9,000
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2011 and later $9,300
Hyundai Tucson 2010 and later $10,400
Kia Sportage 2011 and later $11,300
Jeep Patriot 2014 and later $13,700
Ford Escape 2013 and later $14,000
Mitsubishi Outlander 2014 and later $14,400
Mazda CX-5 2013 and later $14,800
Honda CR-V 2012 and later $15,400
Buick Encore 2013 and later $15,500
Toyota RAV4 2013 and later $17,600
Nissan Rogue (except Select) 2014 and later $18,500
MIDSIZE SUVs MODEL YEARS PRICE
Volvo XC90 2005 and later $4,600
Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca 2006 and later $6,000
Dodge Journey 2010 and later $8,700
Chevrolet Equinox 2010 and later $11,100
Ford Flex 2010 and later; built after January 2010 $11,700
GMC Terrain 2010 and later $12,000
Toyota Highlander 2008 and later $12,000
Infiniti EX 2008 and later $12,100
Toyota Venza 2009 and later $12,200
Kia Sorento 2011 and later $12,300
Ford Edge 2011 and later; built after February 2011 $13,300
Volvo XC60 2010 and later $13,500
Ford Explorer 2011 and later $16,200
Lincoln MKT 2010 and later; built after March 2010 $16,200
Dodge Durango 2011 and later $16,300
Cadillac SRX 2010 and later $16,900
Audi Q5 2009 and later $17,300
Jeep Cherokee 2014 and later $17,500
Honda Crosstour 2013 and later $17,700
Honda Pilot 2012 and later $18,200
Jeep Grand Cherokee 2011 and later $18,500
Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class 2011 and later $19,100
LARGE SUVs MODEL YEARS PRICE
Chevrolet Traverse 2011 and later $13,500
GMC Acadia 2011 and later $15,400
Buick Enclave 2011 and later $16,100
MINIVANS MODEL YEARS PRICE
Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 and later $11,600
Volkswagen Routan 2012 and later $11,800
Toyota Sienna 2011 and later $13,200
Honda Odyssey 2011 and later $13,600
Chrysler Town & Country 2012 and later $14,600
PICKUPS MODEL YEARS PRICE
Toyota Tundra crew cab (Double Cab) 2007 and later $12,200
Ford F-150 crew cab (SuperCrew) 2011 and later $16,800

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