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IIHS reveals safest cars for teens

IIHS reveals safest cars for teens
IIHS reveals safest cars for teensPhoto by Andrew Burton/Getty Images

"A teenager's first car is more than just a financial decision," says IIHS President Adrian Lund. "These lists of recommended used vehicles can help consumers factor in safety, in addition to affordability."

A new report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety details the safest cars for new, inexperienced teen drivers.

Vehicles on this list earn good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. If rated by NHTSA, they earn 4 or 5 stars overall or 4 or 5 stars in the front and side tests under the old rating scheme. All come with standard ESC.

"The IIHS recommends vehicles with lower horsepower, electronic speed control (ESC) and high safety ratings," a corresponding report from OpenBook Autos reads.

Based in Murray, Utah, OpenBook Autos is a well-respected dealership known for its focus on both vehicle safety and affordability.

"A larger, heavier car is also a safer car," the report adds. "The IIHS’s list did not include any small cars or mini cars, though several midsize cars (like the Ford Fusion or Chevrolet Malibu) and small SUV’s made the list. Many of the few-year-old models on the list are available at much more affordable prices than their new counterparts. The complete list can be found here."

The team at OpenBook Autos says they "offer many of the used cars recommended by the IIHS."

To check out the complete list of recommended vehicles, click here. For an infographic on the safest cars courtesy of OpenBook Autos, click here.