For teenagers, the first years of driving are full of excitement. For parents, they are inevitably a time of concern. Seeing your child behind the wheel is daunting, but when that wheel is part of a safe and trustworthy car, parents can worry a little bit less in a very big way. Check out these IIHS-recommended safest cars for teen drivers:
When searching for safety, it’s good practice to consider cars that are larger and heavier. For a sedan, the Ford Taurus hits both marks, and does so with a comfortable interior and ample trunk room. This sturdy car is a perennial IIHS top safety pick.
Though a luxury brand might seem like an unconventional pick for a first car, the 2007-2013 models of the Volvo S80 are a rather affordable option. The car is stylish and sleek, with a classic interior and smooth handling. Considering that the S80 earned a perfect 10/10 safety rating on the US News scorecard every year since 2009, it is a car any parent will want to keep in mind.
If a sedan is still too small, consider a compact SUV. The Mazda CX-5, for example, has the size, safety, and space of a small sport utility with the responsive handling and fuel economy of a much smaller vehicle. The 2014 model gets 26 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, making the CX-5 a good car for a commute to a summer job.
Another SUV to keep in mind is the midsize Chevrolet Equinox, a capable car known for its safety and available smart safety features, such as lane departure and collision warnings, even on older models. A used Equinox is proven to be a sturdy car and a solid investment – the 2014-2016 models each earned a coveted five-star reliability rating from J.D. Power.
To learn more about these used cars and other safe models on our lot, contact us at Mama's Used Cars.
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