5 Smart Cars for Teen Drivers

Best Cars for Teens
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The best types of models for teen drivers are typically midsize sedans and smaller SUVs. Though many teens may protest that these types of cars are about as exciting as a flip phone, it’s important for parents to hold firm given how deadly car crashes can be for teenagers.

The good news for parents is that the list of safe cars is growing each year, thanks in part to added safety features. "It's easier than ever to find a used vehicle with must-have safety features and decent crash test performance without spending a fortune," says Anne McCartt, senior vice president for research at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Beyond crash test ratings, parents also need to make sure the car is a good fit for their teen. A simple test drive will ensure that they can reach the controls easily from the driver’s seat, see clearly out of the windows and mirrors and handle the car with confidence. For more information on keeping your teen safe behind the wheel, see our top teen driving tips.

In the market for a teen-friendly car? Check out our Used Car Rankings and our New Car Rankings to find the best car for your new driver. You can also explore the U.S. News Best Price Program for guaranteed savings on a new car, SUV or truck. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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