IIHS Wants Your Teen Driver Behind the Wheel of These Square Used Vehicles

About 83 percent of Americans who buy their kid’s first vehicle head straight to the used market. $2,000 to $4,000 can buy some pretty sweet rides, but because safety is IIHS bible, there’s a distinct lack of vehicles suitable for impromptu drag races. In the best category, the list of vehicles under $20,000 contain all the models you’d expect to see an aspiring accountant salivate over. Turning its attention to good choices under $10,000, IIHS recommends a number of models that appeared on the best list, only older.

Key Takeaways:

  • The majority of new young drivers buy used cars.
  • The IIHS suggests that newer drivers should be buying used cars that have higher safety ratings.
  • Teens likely won’t like the car models because they aren’t “sexy,” but they are absolutely safer.

“In the small SUV category, there’s plenty of vehicles eyebrow-raising choices for a 16- to 19-year-old. They include the Fiat 500x, Chevrolet Trax, and everyone’s favorite soccer mom grocery getter, the Toyota RAV4.”