Getting one’s driver’s license is often a rite of passage and brings with it more freedom, but also more responsibility. Unfortunately, teen drivers have more accidents than their more experienced adult counterparts. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2016, 2,433 teens were killed in auto accidents. There were 292,742 that were treated in emergency departments for injuries sustained in motor vehicle crashes. Per mile drove, teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 19 are three times more likely to be involved in a crash than drivers 20 or older. As parents, we want our teen drivers to be safe and it turns out that choosing a safer vehicle is made easy thanks to a report by Biz Journals listing the safest cars for teens.
To determine the safest vehicles, U.S. News & World Report looked at a number of factors. These included reliability ratings, crash test scores, and available advanced driver assistance features as well as the recommendation of critics. The vehicles are ranked according to size and price.
Here are some of the winners:
- Best Car for Teens Under $20,000: 2019 Hyundai Accent
- Best Car for Teens $20,000 – $25,000: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta
- Best SUV for Teens $20,000 – $25,000: 2019 Honda HR-V
- Best Car for Teens $25,000 – $30,000: 2019 Kia Forte
If a new model year car isn’t in your budget or you don’t want to give an accident-prone teen a new vehicle, they also ranked used vehicles.
The best small car was a 2016 Toyota Prius. The best midsize car was a 2016 Toyota Camry or Camry Hybrid. The best midsize SUV was the 2015 Chevrolet Traverse.
When it comes to safety features, nearly all of these vehicles have available forward collision warning, forward emergency braking, and lane-departure warnings.
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