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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an independent safety group, has released its top picks for the safest used cars for teens.
The group is known for its yearly Top Safety Pick list, ranking the safety of new cars. But after a phone survey revealed that 83 percent of parents who bought a car for their teen bought a used vehicle, the group decided to compile a list of the safest, most affordable used vehicles for teens.
Recommendations Follow 4 Principles
According to the group's report, the list of recommendations follow four general principles:
In general, the IIHS says parents should seek out midsize or larger cars, SUVs and minivans that offer ESC, side airbags, and low horsepower. The group also notes that SUV's not equipped with ESC are more prone to rollovers and may be more dangerous.
Top Picks Broken Into 2 Price Tiers
The IIHS's top picks were broken into two tiers: cars under $20,000 and cars under $10,000, based on 2014 Kelly Blue Book value. In each, the results were separated into separate categories for large cars, midsize cars, small SUVs, midsize SUVs, large SUVS (under $20,000 only), and minivans.
Here are the IIHS' Top 3 vehicles in each of those categories under $20,000:
And here are the IIHS' Top 3 vehicles in each category under $10,000:
The full list of the IIHS' safest used cars for teens can be seen at the IIHS website.