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10 Safe Used Cars for Teenage Drivers

10 Safe Used Cars for Teenage Drivers

2017 Honda Civic Hatchback rear angle

Sharing the family car seems like a great idea when your teenager gets a driver’s license. That idea works out only until you all need to be in a different place at the same time. Too many drivers and not enough cars isn’t convenient, so often the best decision is to buy your teenager a car of their own. Teenagers don't need a fancy sports car. They just need something safe and reliable that can do the job of getting them around town and maybe see them off to college. Here are 10 safe used cars for teenage drivers who need a car of their own.


ford fusion 2017 Ford Fusion

The 2017 Ford Fusion mid-size sedan received a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and an overall five-star rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It also offers newly available safety technologies including adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, pre-collision assist with pedestrian detection, and lane-keeping assist. This year’s Fusion also received a major infotainment upgrade that makes it a better choice than prior model years. The old MyFord Touch system, which was outdated and frustrating, was replaced with Sync 3, which is easier to use and less distracting. The Fusion has a roomy, comfortable cabin and good trunk space that will come in handy when it’s time for college. Ford Fusion Inventory


honda accord2016 Honda Accord

The mid-size 2016 Honda Accord received an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. This year’s Accord features Honda Sensing — which includes a lane-departure warning, a forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, road=departure mitigation, adaptive cruise control, and collision mitigation — as an available feature in all trim levels. It also gets an upgraded infotainment system with an available 7-inch touchscreen featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless smartphone connectivity. The system also adds HondaLink Assist and HD radio to create a fully-featured system that teens will love. Honda Accord Inventory


toyota camry2016 Toyota Camry

The 2016 Toyota Camry is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ and received an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This perennial best-seller includes available blind-spot monitoring with a rear cross traffic alert, a lane-departure alert, and automatic high beams. This mid-size sedan offers a choice of two fuel-efficient engines. Base models have a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque while higher trims feature a 3.5-liter V6 with 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. For those who place a priority on fuel efficiency, there’s also the Camry Hybrid, which gets up to 43 mpg in the city, 39 mpg on the highway, and 41 mpg combined. Toyota Camry Inventory


honda civic2017 Honda Civic

The 2017 Honda Civic compact sedan is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick and received an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes with a wide range of safety features including a forward-collision warning, lane departure warning, automatic collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keeping assist. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 158 horsepower and 138 lb-ft of torque or a 1.5-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque. Since the Civic was newly redesigned for 2016, there were no major changes for this model year, but there is a whole new addition to the lineup: The Civic hatchback made its debut in 2017 with added flexibility for cargo. Honda Civic Inventory


hyundai elantra2017 Hyundai Elantra

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ and earned an overall five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It received a full redesign for 2017 with increased features and an updated look. This affordable small sedan is available in three trim levels with power coming from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Available safety features include a forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, a lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, and smart cruise control. Although those features are only offered on the top trim, the Elantra’s affordable pricing puts this trim in reach even for those on a tight budget. Hyundai Elantra Inventory


subaru impreza in snow2017 Subaru Impreza

The 2017 Subaru Impreza is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ and received an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It also features standard all-wheel drive to set your mind at ease when your teen drives in less than ideal road conditions. The Impreza received a full redesign for 2017 with updated technology, a new look, and a revised engine with better performance. The available EyeSight driver assistance suite adds a wide range of safety features including adaptive cruise control, automatic pre-collision braking, lane-departure and sway warnings, lane-keep assist, blind-spot monitoring, and a rear cross-traffic alert. The Impreza’s infotainment system includes standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easy smartphone integration. Subaru Impreza Inventory


nissan altima2016 Nissan Altima

The 2016 Nissan Altima mid-size sedan received a mild update with updated styling inside and out, a more refined suspension system, and the addition of an available forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control. It’s a Top Safety Pick+ with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and received an overall five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. There’s a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with 182 horsepower or a 3.5-liter V6 with 270 horsepower and an extensive range of trims with seven in total. While base models have a minimum of comfort and convenience features, higher trims come quite well-equipped with additional safety features and more comprehensive infotainment systems. Nissan Altima Inventory


chevrolet malibu2016 Chevrolet Malibu

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu mid-size sedan was fully redesigned with good fuel economy, responsive engines, and a wealth of available features. It also did well in crash tests, receiving an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Malibu includes Teen Driver, which is a feature designed to help coach teens toward better driving habits. The system mutes the radio until the front seat belts are fastened and lets parents set a maximum volume to help reduce distraction. It also lets parents see the maximum speed, distance traveled, and whether safety features like the forward-collision alert and automatic emergency braking were used during the drive. Chevrolet Malibu Inventory


toyota prius2017 Toyota Prius

The 2017 Toyota Prius is possibly one of the best-known hybrids you can buy. It’s instantly recognizable and it gets fantastic fuel economy that will serve teens on a tight budget well when they head off to college. It gets an EPA-estimated 54 mpg in the city, 50 mpg on the highway, and 52 mpg combined. The Prius is a Top Safety Pick+ with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and received an overall five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense-P, a suite of driver-assistance tech that includes pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, a lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high beams, and full-speed dynamic radar cruise control. Toyota Prius Inventory


hyundai sonata2016 Hyundai Sonata

The 2016 Hyundai Sonata mid-size sedan is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick+ and received an overall five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The 2016 Sonata saw the addition of new safety features, with automatic emergency braking in models that previously had only a forward-collision warning. The 2016 Sonata also received a larger 7-inch color touchscreen as a standard feature along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for easy smartphone integration. The top Sonata Limited got a more aggressive front bumper originally found only on the Sport trim, new 17-inch wheels, new woodgrain interior trim, and a standard sunroof. In addition to a roomy interior, there’s a spacious trunk ideal for moves back and forth to college. Hyundai Sonata Inventory