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The Safest Used Cars for Teens

February 1, 2018

If you're looking to buy a used car for your teenager, Consumer Reports recently put together a list of what they consider the best (and safest) used cars for teens.

All of the following vehicles performed well in road tests, have advanced safety features such as electronic stability control (ESC) and curtain airbags, as well as good crash-test results.

On the list are popular models such as the 2008 or later Honda Accord, Hyundai Elantra (2012 or later), and Toyota Corolla (2010 or later).

Top Used Car Recommendations

Make and ModelPrice Range
Acura TSX$5,750-$21,275
Chevrolet Equinox (4-cyl., 2012-2017)$9,575-$22,295
Chevrolet Malibu (nonturbo, 2009 or 2016)$5,225-$21,700
Chevrolet Sonic (2014 or later)$6,800-$14,100
Ford Edge (2016 or later)$19,300-$30,025
Ford Focus sedan (2010-2011)$4,450-$6,375
Ford Fusion (4-cyl. & hybrid, 2009-2016)$4,775-$21,350
Honda Accord (4-cyl., 2008 or later)$6,175-$26,450
Honda Civic (nonturbo, non-SI, 2012-2017)$7,000-$21,700
Honda CR-V (2015 or later)$16,250-$28,850
Honda Fit (2011 and later)$7,300-$17,775
Honda HR-V$17,850-$22,900
Hyundai Elantra (2012 or later)$7,275-$13,250
Hyundai Santa Fe (V6, 2007-2009, 2011, or later; no third row )$5,175-$29,400
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport$13,875-$25,650
Hyundai Sonata (4-cyl., nonturbo, 2006-2010, 2012, or later)$3,175-$15,350
Hyundai Tucson (2010-2015)$8,600-$18,525
Kia Forte (2010 or later)$4,950-$12,725
Kia Optima (nonturbo, 2012 or later)$8,450-$25,375
Kia Soul$5,175-$16,775
Kia Sportage (4-cyl., nonturbo, 2011-2012, 2014, or later)$8,050-$23,625
Mazda CX-3$16,775-$22,350
Mazda CX-5$11,175-$25,300
Mazda 3 (2011 or later)$5,450-$18,650
Mazda 6 (4-cyl., 2009 or later)$5,900-$22,225
Mitsubishi Outlander (2007 to 2013, no third row)$4,500-$15,150
Nissan Altima (4-cyl., 2010-2012, 2015, and later)$6,025-$20,325
Nissan Rogue (2009 or later)$6,225-$23,375
Nissan Sentra (2011-2012, 2016)$5,700-$14,525
Scion iA$11,850
Scion iM$14,625
Scion xB (2008 or later)$5,800-$15,350
Scion xD (2010 or later)$6,200-$9,775
Subaru Crosstrek$20,625-$23,225
Subaru Forester (nonturbo, 2009 or later)$7,275-$26,975
Subaru Impreza (nonturbo, 2011-2016)$7,825-$19,075
Subaru Legacy (4 cyl., 2010 or later)$7,125-$23,100
Subaru Outback (4 cyl., 2010 or later)$8,600-$28,425
Toyota Camry (4 cyl., 2010 or later)$7,700-$22,075
Toyota Corolla (2010 or later)$6,850-$15,875
Toyota Matrix (2010 or later)$7,200-$11,875
Toyota Prius (2010 or later)$8,950-$19,650
Toyota Prius V$12,625-$21,775
Toyota RAV4 (4 cyl., no third row, 2004 or later)$5,100-$27,675
Volkswagen Golf (2012-2014)$8,025-$14,050
Volkswagen Tiguan (2014 or later)$11,400-$23,825
Volvo S60 (2012-2014 and 2016)$10,250-$27,075

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California Residents - Important:

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- Gregg Fidan

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