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The Safest Used Cars for Teens

March 30, 2017

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, 2011 or later Mazda CX-3, Hyundai Elantra (2012 or later), and Toyota Corolla (2010 or later).

Top Used Car Recommendations

Make and ModelPrice Range
Acura TSX$8,650 - $22,600
Buick Regal (2012-2013)$11,675 - $19,450
Chevrolet Cruze (2014 or later)$10,850 - $16,725
Chevrolet Equinox (4-cyl., 2012 or later)$11,800 - $27,375
Chevrolet Malibu (non-turbo, 2010 or later)$6,850 - $20,075
Chevrolet Sonic (2015 or later)$9,875 - $15,325
Ford Edge (2016 or later)$25,575 - $34,550
Ford Focus sedan (2010-2011)$5,150 - $7,275
Ford Fusion (4-cyl. & hybrid 2010 and later)$6,625 - $23,050
Honda Accord (4-cyl. 2008 or later)$7,475 - $22,750
Honda Civic (non-turbo, non-SI 2012 -2015)$7,650 - $20,850
Honda CR-V (2015 or later)$18,825 - $30,675
Honda Fit (2011 and later)$8,500 - $17,600
Honda HR-V$19,175 - $25,500
Hyundai Elantra (2012 or later)$8,775 - $14,850
Hyundai Santa Fe (V6, 2007-2009, 2011-2012; no third row )$6,000 - $16,050
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport (2014 and later)$17,550 - $28,400
Hyundai Sonata (4-cyl., non-turbo, 2006-2010, 2013 or later)$4,725 - $20,475
Hyundai Tucson (2010 or later)$9,675 - $21,050
Kia Forte (2010 or later)$5,200 - $14,800
Kia Optima (non-turbo, 2011 or later)$9,075 -$17,650
Kia Soul$6,000 - $16,050
Kia Sportage (4-cyl., non-turbo, 2011-or later)$10,275 - $20,100
Mazda CX-3$23,600 - $24,825
Mazda CX-5$14,025 - $27,850
Mazda 3i Touring (2011 -2015)$6,525 - $21,350
Mazda 6 (4-cyl., 2009 and later)$6,750 - $25,475
Mitsubishi Outlander (2007 to 2013, no third-row)$4,700 - $18,250
Nissan Altima (4-cyl., 2010 to 2012, 2014 and later)$7,225 - $15,900
Nissan Rogue (2008-2013 and 2015 or later)$6,050 - $25,775
Nissan Sentra (2011-2012, 2015)$6,425 - $14,950
Scion iA$13,875
Scion iM$16,875
Scion xB (2008 or later)$6,250 - $15,850
Scion xD (2010 or later)$7,175 - $11,525
Subaru Crosstrek$21,875 - $25,125
Subaru Forester (non-turbo, 2009 or later)$8,700 - $27,575
Subaru Impreza (non-turbo, 2011 or later)$9,975 -$20,475
Subaru Legacy (4 cyl., 2010 or later)$9,150 - $21,175
Subaru Outback (4 cyl., 2009-2015)$8,875 - $25,075
Toyota Camry (4 cyl. 2010 or later)$8,075 - $22,025
Toyota Corolla (2010 or later)$7,375 -$17,250
Toyota Matrix (2010 or later)$8,025 -$13,450
Toyota Prius (2010 or later)$9,750 - $19,775
Toyota Prius V$14,375 -$19,575
Toyota RAV4 (4 cyl., no third row 2004 or later)$5,519 - $27,750
Volkswagen Golf (2011-2012)$8,275 - $22,325
Volkswagen Rabbit (2009)$5,800 - $6,175
Volkswagen Jetta (2009-2013)$5,000 -$17,300
Volkswagen Tiguan (2014 or later)$15,000 - $26,875
Volvo S60 (2012-2014 and 2016)$13,000 - $31,375

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

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California Residents - Important:

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