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Best Cars Under $20K for Teens

April 20, 2017

This week, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) compiled a list of the best used cars to consider for teen drivers, with an emphasis on safety. All of the vehicles on the list can be purchased for $20,000 or less, with one going for as low as $2,500 (2005 or newer Volvo XC90).

You can see the top recommendations below, and check out their full article to see the full list including "good" cars that are less than $10,000.

As always, I recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise to see the lowest prices your local dealers are willing to offer.

LARGE CARSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Volvo S802007 and newer$4,000
Toyota Avalon2015 and newer$18,800
Infiniti M37/M56/Q702013 and newer$19,800
MIDSIZE CARSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Dodge Avenger2011-14 $5,300
Chrysler 200 sedan2011 and newer$5,900
Kia Optima2011 and newer$7,600
Volkswagen Passat2013 and newer; built after October 2012$8,700
Volkswagen Jetta2015 and newer$9,200
Nissan Altima sedan2013 and newer; built after November 2012$9,500
Ford Fusion2013 and newer; built after December 2012$9,600
Volvo S602011 and newer; price is for 2012, which had lower trim level available$9,800
Subaru Legacy2013 and newer; built after August 2012$10,700
Chevrolet Malibu2014 and newer$10,900
Honda Accord sedan and coupe2013 and newer$11,100
Toyota Camry2014 and newer; built after December 2013$11,200
Mazda 62014 and newer$11,400
Hyundai Sonata2015 and newer$11,900
Acura TL2012-14; built after April 2012$12,400
Lincoln MKZ2013 and newer$13,300
Subaru Outback2013 and newer; built after August 2012$13,600
Chevrolet Malibu Limited2016$13,700
Toyota Prius v2015 and newer$16,300
Volvo V602015 and newer$18,400
Audi A32015 and newer$18,500
Infiniti Q502014-15$19,100
SMALL SUVSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Mitsubishi Outlander Sport2011 and newer$6,900
Mitsubishi Outlander2014 and newer$10,700
Chevrolet Trax2015 and newer$11,800
Fiat 500X2016 and newer; built after July 2015$12,600
Nissan Rogue2014 and newer$12,900
Buick Encore2015 and newer$13,800
Subaru Forester2014 and newer$14,900
Honda CR-V2015 and newer$15,600
Hyundai Tucson2016 and newer$16,000
Toyota RAV42015 and newer$16,000
Mazda CX-32016 and newer$16,600
MIDSIZE SUVSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Volvo XC902005 and newer$2,500
Ford Flex2010 and newer; built after January 2010$7,200
Chevrolet Equinox2014 and newer$12,100
GMC Terrain2014 and newer$13,300
Nissan Pathfinder2015 and newer$15,800
Kia Sorento2016 and newer$16,500
Volvo XC602013 and newer$16,500
Ford Edge2015 and newer; built after May 2015$17,400
Nissan Murano2015 and newer$19,100
MINIVANSMODEL YEARSPRICE
Kia Sedona2015 and newer$14,700
Honda Odyssey2014 and newer$16,100
Toyota Sienna2015 and newer$18,100
PICKUPMODEL YEARSPRICE
Toyota Tundra extended cab (Double Cab)2014 and newer$15,600

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest 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.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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