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Research shows teens drive most dangerous used cars

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POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 3:09pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 3:12pm

Research from a highway safety group shows the people who need to be driving the safest cars, are actually driving the most dangerous ones.

The small, cheaper used car has long been the go-to vehicle for new teenage drivers, mainly due to its affordability.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has recently said, however, that many of those cars are not safe.

"They're driving vehicles that don't provide good crash protection and many drive vehicles that don't have many safety technologies," said Anne McCartt of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Highway crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States, a statistic that the Institute's study finds could be altered by the safety mechanisms employed in newer vehicles.

IIHS lists the following used cars as the "Best Choices" for teens starting under $20,000:

LARGE CARS

  • Saab 9-5 sedan 2010 and later $17,500
  • Lincoln MKS 2009 and later $15,500
  • Buick Regal 2011 and later $13,500
  • Ford Taurus 2010 and later $13,500
  • Buick LaCrosse 2010 and later $12,900
  • Volvo S80 2007 and later $9,000

MIDSIZE CARS

  • Toyota Prius v 2012 and later $19,100
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan 2009 and later $16,000
  • Honda Accord sedan 2012 and later; coupe 2013-14 $14,400
  • Audi A4 2009 and later $14,300
  • Toyota Camry 2012 and later $14,300
  • Buick Verano 2012 and later $14,100
  • Subaru Outback 2010 and later $14,000
  • Lincoln MKZ 2010 and later; built after April 2010 $13,500
  • Kia Optima 2011 and later $13,300
  • Hyundai Sonata 2011 and later $12,100
  • Subaru Legacy 2010 and later $11,900
  • Dodge Avenger 2011 and later $11,600
  • Audi A3 2008 and later $11,300
  • Volkswagen CC 2009 and later $11,200
  • Chevrolet Malibu 2010 and later; built after November 2009 $10,900
  • Chrysler 200 sedan 2011 and later $10,700
  • Mercury Milan 2010-11; built after April 2010 $10,700
  • Ford Fusion 2010 and later; built after April 2010 $10,200
  • Volkswagen Passat 2009 and later $10,000
  • Volvo C30 2008 and later $9,800
  • Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen 2009 and later $9,400
  • Volkswagen Jetta 2009 and later $8,200

SMALL SUVs

  • Honda CR-V 2012 and later $18,100
  • Kia Sportage 2011 and later $13,800
  • Hyundai Tucson 2010 and later $13,100
  • Subaru Forester 2009 and later $12,800
  • Mitsubishi Outlander Sport 2011 and later $12,000
  • Volkswagen Tiguan 2009 and later $10,200
  • Honda Element 2007 and later $8,900
  • MIDSIZE SUVs MODEL YEARS PRICE
  • Volvo XC60 2010 and later $18,000
  • Saab 9-4X 2011-12 $17,800
  • Toyota Highlander 2008 and later $17,100
  • Toyota Venza 2009 and later $15,900
  • Ford Edge 2011 and later; built after February 2011 $15,500
  • Ford Flex 2010 and later $15,100
  • GMC Terrain 2010 and later $14,900
  • Kia Sorento 2011 and later $14,500
  • Infiniti EX 2008 and later $14,400
  • Chevrolet Equinox 2010 and later $13,700
  • Dodge Journey 2010 and later $11,200
  • Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca 2006 and later $8,500
  • Volvo XC90 2005 and later $7,300

LARGE SUVs

  • Buick Enclave 2011 and later $19,900
  • GMC Acadia 2011 and later $17,800
  • Chevrolet Traverse 2011 and later $16,600

MINIVANS

  • Chrysler Town & Country 2012 and later $18,100
  • Honda Odyssey 2011 and later $17,100
  • Toyota Sienna 2011 and later $16,400
  • Dodge Grand Caravan 2012 and later $15,200
  • Volkswagen Routan 2012 $14,000

IIHS lists the following used cars as the "Good Choices" for teens starting under $10,000: 

LARGE CARS

  • Acura RL 2005 and later $9,700
  • Mercury Sable 2009 $9,700
  • Kia Amanti 2009 $9,500
  • Ford Taurus 2009 $9,100
  • Audi A6 sedan 2005 and later $8,300
  • Hyundai Azera 2006 and later $5,700

MIDSIZE CARS

  • Subaru Legacy 2009 $9,900
  • BMW 3-series sedan 2006 and later $9,300
  • Mazda 6 2009 and later $8,900
  • Saturn Aura 2009 $8,800
  • Acura TL 2004 and later $7,900
  • Volvo S40 2007 and later $7,700
  • Audi A3 2006-07 $7,400
  • Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan 2005-08 $6,900
  • Suzuki Kizashi 2010 and later $6,600
  • Volvo S60 2007-09 $6,500
  • Audi A4 2005-08; built after October 2004 $6,200
  • Volkswagen Passat 2006-08 $5,100
  • Saab 9-3 2005 and later $4,000

SMALL SUVs

  • Nissan Rogue 2008 and later $9,800
  • Ford Escape 2009 and later $8,700
  • Mazda Tribute 2009 and later $8,100
  • Mitsubishi Outlander 2007 and later $6,300
  • Suzuki Grand Vitara 2006 and later $5,600

MIDSIZE SUVs

  • Mazda CX-9 2007 and later $9,800
  • Ford Edge 2007-10 $9,600
  • Hyundai Veracruz 2007 and later $9,600
  • Hyundai Santa Fe 2007-10 $8,900
  • Honda Pilot 2006 and later $8,800
  • Saturn Vue 2008-09 $7,700
  • Ford Taurus X 2008-09 $7,500
  • Mazda CX-7 2007-11 $7,200
  • Suzuki XL7 2008-09 $6,200

MINIVANS

  • Volkswagen Routan 2009-11 $8,600
  • Dodge Grand Caravan 2008-11 $8,200
  • Chrysler Town & Country 2008-11 $8,100
  • Honda Odyssey 2005-10 $6,700
  • Hyundai Entourage 2007-08 $6,300
  • Kia Sedona 2006 and later $4,600

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