2020 Best New and Used Cars for Teens

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The Best Cars and SUVs for Inexperienced Drivers

Crash test scores, dependability, and accident-avoidance technology probably aren’t high on the list of priorities for many teenage drivers; they’re more concerned about curb appeal and connectivity. Fortunately, teens’ parents are often the ones choosing which vehicle their child will be driving home from the dealership. Concerned parents should prioritize safety and dependability when shopping for their teen’s ride.

Young drivers’ inexperience, combined with some destructive driving habits, make teens more likely to be involved in a crash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, car accidents are the leading cause of death for American Teens, as 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 played a role in 58% of crashes involving a teen driver. To make matters worse, teen drivers aren’t just distracted; AAA found that almost 50% of teens admitted to speeding on a residential street in the last month, while 40% admitted to doing so on the highway. Speed and distraction can be a deadly combination.

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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