List Of Best New Cars For Teens According to Consumer Reports And IIHS

One of the decisions a parent has to make is about their kids and their first vehicles. A common solution is that they have to deal with sharing a vehicle for a few years and inherit one of the parents vehicles after they are ready to move on to something newer. But it’s also fun to be able to browse lists, and sometimes they can be helpful.

So here is a list of new cars that are a good fit for teens. Meaning they are cheap, and safe, according to Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

The list is comprised of a group of 18 cars and SUVs with the highest crash test ratings, automatic emergency braking, solid handling and braking performance, easy to use controls and high levels of reliability.

Vehicles lighter than 2,750 pounds, large SUVs and models with high average insurance costs were left off the list, which ranges in price from $22,000 to $37,000 (USD).


1. Honda Insight: $22,000
2. Mazda 3 (sedan and hatchback): $22,100
3. Toyota Corolla (XLE/XSE sedan + Advanced Lighting; XSE hatchback + Preferred package): $23,400


4. Subaru Legacy: $22,100
5. Honda Accord (excluding Touring 2.0T and Touring Hybrid): $23,300
6. Mazda 6: $23,800
7. Nissan Altima (SR, SV, SL and Platinum trims): $24,900
8. Subaru Outback (built after October 2019): $25,900


9. Mazda CX-3: $20,700
10. Subaru Forester: $23,900
11. Mazda CX-5: $25,200
12. Chevrolet Equinox (LT only): $27,000
13. Honda CR-V (Touring and all hybrid trims): $27,900
14. Lexus UX (with Triple-Beam LED Headlamps with Auto-Leveling): $32,800
15. Kia Sportage (SX Turbo only; built after September 2019): $33,000
16. Toyota RAV4 (Hybrid Limited only with Adaptive Front Headlight System): $36,900


17. Hyundai Santa Fe (SEL trim with Premium package or Limited trim): $32,700
18. Mazda CX-9 (built after December 2019): $32,700

They also previously teamed up to announce a list of 65 Used Vehicles to buy teens.


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