Toyota Prius V | Year: 2012 and later | Used price: $19,100
Mercedez-Benz C-Class sedan | Year: 2009 and later | Used price: $16,000
Honda Accord Sedan | Year: 2012 and later; coupe 2013-14 | Used price: $14,400
Audi A4 | Year: 2009 and later | Used price: $14,300
Toyota Camry | Year: 2012 and later | Used price: $14,300

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Buick Verano | Year: 2012 and later | Used price: $14,100
Subaru Outback | Year: 2010 and later | Used price: $14,000
Lincoln MKZ | Year: 2010 and later; built after April 2010 | Used price: $13,500
Kia Optima | Year: 2011 and later | Used price: $13,300
Hyundai Sonata | Year: 2011 and later | Used price: $12,100

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Subaru Legacy | Year: 2010 and later | Used price: $11,900
Dodge Avenger | Year: 2011 and later | Used price: $11,600
Audi A3 | Year: 2008 and later | Used price: $11,300
Volkswagen CC | Year: 2009 and later | Used price: $11,200
Chevrolet Malibu | Year: 2010 and later, built after November 2009 | Used price: $10,900

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Chrysler 200 sedan | Year: 2011 and later | Used price: $10,700
Mercury Milan | Year: 2010-11; built after April 2010 | Used price: $10,700
Ford Fusion | Year: 2010 and later; built after April 2010 | Used price: $10,200
Volkswagen Passat | Year: 2009 and later | Used price: $10,000
Volvo C30 | Year: 2008 and later | Used price: $9,800
Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen | Year: 2009 and later | Used price: $9,400
Volkswagen Jetta | Year: 2009 and later | Used price: $8,200

Are the kids driving your old Ford Taurus? You may want to rethink what vehicle they drive, based on the results of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s list of the safest used vehicles for teenage drivers.

IIHS compiled its list based on important safety criteria with teens in mind. Recommendations for teen autos are based on four criteria:

  1. Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. Vehicles with more powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits.
  2. Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash. There are no minicars or small cars on the recommended list. Small SUVs are included because their weight is similar to that of a midsize car.
  3. Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is a must. This feature, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts.
  4. Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible. At a minimum, that means good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front test, acceptable ratings in the IIHS side crash test and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Those vehicles considered “best” choices are under $20,000 used (prices from the Kelley Blue Book on July 1, 2014). All the recommended used vehicles have standard ESC and provide good protection in moderate overlap front crashes. These autos also have good ratings for side crash protection, good head restraints and seats for rear crash protection, and good roof strength to protect occupants in rollover crashes.

IIHS’ best used midsize cars for teens are listed below and on the following pages, from most expensive to least expensive:

 

Toyota Prius V Year: 2012 and later  Used price: $19,100

 

Mercedez-Benz C-Class sedan Year: 2009 and later Used price: $16,000

Honda Accord Sedan Year: 2012 and later; coupe 2013-14 Used price: $14,400

 

Audi A4 Year: 2009 and later Used price: $14,300

 

Toyota Camry Year: 2012 and later Used price: $14,300

 

Buick Verano Year: 2012 and later Used price: $14,100

 

Subaru Outback Year: 2010 and later Used price: $14,000

 

Lincoln MKZ Year: 2010 and later; built after April 2010 Used price: $13,500

Kia Optima Year: 2011 and later Used price: $13,300

 

Hyundai Sonata Year: 2011 and later Used price: $12,100

Subaru Legacy Year: 2010 and later Used price: $11,900

 

Dodge Avenger Year: 2011 and later Used price: $11,600

 

Audi A3 Year: 2008 and later Used price: $11,300

 

Volkswagen CC Year: 2009 and later Used price: $11,200

Chevrolet Malibu Year: 2010 and later, built after November 2009 Used price: $10,900

 

Chrysler 200 sedan Year: 2011 and later Used price: $10,700

Mercury Milan Year: 2010-11; built after April 2010 Used price: $10,700

 

Ford Fusion Year: 2010 and later; built after April 2010 Used price: $10,200

Volkswagen Passat Year: 2009 and later Used price: $10,000

 

Volvo C30 Year: 2008 and later Used price: $9,800

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen Year: 2009 and later Used price: $9,400

 

Volkswagen Jetta Year: 2009 and later Used price: $8,200