Teenagers that die in car crashes are more than likely to drive a smaller, older vehicle than all other age groups. This is definitely worrying. Parents do not really trust children with expensive brand new vehicles but when you buy an older car for a teen you do want to be sure that it is safe. Compromising the safety of teenagers is definitely not something that anyone should consider. With this in mind, if you want to avoid car accident injury for a teen driver, the following cars have to be considered as being top picks.
Toyota Tundra – 2007+ Models
The Toyota Tundra has been safe all the way back to 2007. The vehicle is stable and the crash ratings are quite solid in all important categories, including side impact and small overlap. Security features included are definitely great and the vehicle is basically really well-built. Parents only need to pay an average price of around $12,000 so the vehicle is also quite accessible from a financial point of view.
Jeep Cherokee – 2014+ Models
Jeep Cherokee is renowned for its off-road versatility, quite slick interior and practicality. When looking at safety ratings, we can say that the car is perfect for a young driver. The models before 2014 should not be recommended but the other ones are very safe across the board. Teen drivers can get AWD and the asking price of $17,000 is affordable.
Kia Sorento – 2011+ Models
The money you have to pay for this car is definitely not much, a little over $12,000 as a medium amount. Such a deal is definitely great and you will get access to a lot of technology and safety. Kia Sorento vehicles are really well-made, with the Sorento often being at the top of secure car lists issues by the IIHS. You can choose out of 2 or 3 rows without sacrificing quality.
Mazda CX-5 – 2013+ Models
Most people that reviewed the Mazda CX-5 (basically all models) were impressed by build quality for all that was measured. CX-9 is definitely a great vehicle for most people but since it is expensive, for a teen driver you are much better suited to choose the $14,000 Mazda CX-5. Mazda is quickly becoming a synonym of safety and high quality design, with great engineering agility to make it even better.
Honda Accord – 2012+ Models
People that drive the Honda Accord are usually really happy with the vehicle and it is easy to understand why since the car does look great at the given price tag and safety is great for a teen driver. The only problem here is the Takata airbag scandal. If you buy a Honda Accord without these airbags you can be sure you will be completely safe. The top recommendation has to be the 4 doors model.
Volvo XC90 – 2005+ Models
It is hard to make a list of the safest cars and not find a Volvo that will be suitable. What is really interesting with this car is that it has always been highly reliable from a safety point of view, even with a really low price tag. You can actually find one of these cars on the market for around $5,000.