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12 Safest Cars for New Graduates

June 2, 2016

Safety is of great importance when it comes to young drivers, that's why Forbes this week took a look at the best used cars to consider for new graduates.

Forbes looked through crash test results and user-reported performance for 2011 model year vehicles. 5 year old used vehicles hit the sweet spot when it comes to depreciation and reliability, with the price range of these vehicles sitting between $9,000 and $19,000. Check out the full list below to see which vehicles you should consider for your new graduate.

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar and RydeShopper to quickly see what kind of deals are being offered in your area.

Vehicle Price Range
2011 Volkswagen Jetta$9,375 - $12,100
2011 Volkswagen Golf$9,550 - $10,550
2011 Chrysler 200 Sedan$10,050 - $12,700
2011 Chevrolet Malibu$10,700 - $13,075
2011 Ford Fusion$11,200 - $14,150
2011 Hyundai Sonata$11,600 - $13,850
2011 Subaru Legacy$12,100 - $18,100
2011 Buick LaCrosse$12,875 - $17,350
2011 Subaru Outback$15,150 - $19,975
2011 Subaru Forster$15,275 - $19,600
2011 Honda Element$16,100 - $17,075
2011 Volvo S80$16,375 - $19,725

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, RydeShopper, and CarsDirect are the best way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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