2019 Best New and Used Cars for Teens

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Excellent Choices for Inexperienced Drivers

While cool tech features and eye-catching style may appeal to teenage drivers, crash test scores, active safety tech, and reliability should top the priority list for concerned parents. Accordingly, safety and dependability are the foundation of the U.S. News Best Cars for Teens awards. Parents can rest assured that all the vehicles on this list are sensible choices for new drivers.

Mom and Dad’s concern is understandable. Teen drivers’ inexperience, combined with some destructive driving habits, make young drivers more likely to be involved in a crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, six teens aged 16 to 19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries.

Distracted driving is a leading culprit in accidents involving teen drivers. According to a recent study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted driving accounted for 57% of crashes involving a teen driver.

Unsurprisingly, a recent study by Liberty Mutual found that 90% of teen drivers admit to talking on the phone while driving, while 78% say they’ve sent a text from behind the wheel. Furthermore, 33% of teens were found to have been driving while drowsy.

In light of those unsettling statistics, crash avoidance tech and strong crash test scores are rightfully high priorities for parents of inexperienced drivers. All of the Best Cars for Teens have top-notch safety ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), along with an array of advanced accident avoidance features, strong reliability records, and positive reviews from the automotive press. They may not be the flashiest picks in their respective classes, but the Best New and Used Cars for Teens will help keep your teenager safe and happy.

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