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List of the Used Best Cars to Purchase for New Teen Drivers

The Best Affordable Used Cars for Teen Drivers

Once your teen driver actually becomes fully-licensed, inevitably the issue of vehicle sharing arises.

In many cases parents will choose to purchase an additional vehicle for their new driver. In most cases the choice will be a used vehicle to save on costs. No matter what you buy, always consider the safety of the vehicle. That's because inexperienced drivers statistically stand a greater chance of being involved in an accident.

Remember that the safety features that come with the vehicle will either prevent an accident, or protect your new driver in the case of an actual accident.

In both instances, you want to make sure your teen driver gets the best of both functions. For the features that provide the most safety, review our blog post on Teen Drivers for more details.

Below we've listed the best used cars based upon safety for your teen driver. We got this list from the IIHS. Pricing estimates come from Kelley Blue Book.

Under $10K

Best Value

These cars rated highest in safety and came in under $10k.


Ford Fusion

2013

2014

$8,041 - $10,056

$9,461 - $11,660


Ford Taurus

2013

$9,010 - $12,567


Good Value

These cars rated high in safety, at least 4 stars, and came in under $10k.


Chevy Malibu

2011

$9,010 - $12,567


Ford Fusion

2013

2014

$8,041 - $10,056

$9,461 - $11,660


Lincoln MKZ

2011

2012

$6,521 - $8,170

$$7,910 - $9,625


Lincoln MKS

2011

$9,764 - $11,623


Cadillac CTS

2011

2012

$7,718 - $9,475

$9,138 - $11,137


Toyota Camry

2012

$8,822 - $10,987


Nissan Altima

2012

$8,822 - $10,987


Buick Lacrosse

2011

$8,316 - $10,807


Ford Taurus

2011

2012

$6,939 - $10,190

$8,074 - $11,515


Buick Regal

2011

2012

$6,483 - $8,164

$9,077 - $11,132


Chrysler 300

2011

$8,127 - $10,026


Ford Escape

2013

2014

$8,628 - $10,823

$9,795 - $12,112


Buick Encore

2013

$8,594 - $10,683


Dodge Journey

2011

2012

2013

$5,872 - $7,429

$6,711 - $8,308

$9,203 - $10,986


Chevy Equinox

2011

2012

$7,397 - $9,076

$8,685 - $10,418


Dodge Journey

2011

2012

2013

$5,872 - $7,429

$6,711 - $8,308

$9,203 - $10,986


GMC Terrain

2011

2012

$8,209 - $9,938

$9,291-$11.056


Ford Edge

2012

$9,767 - $11,596


Ford Explorer

2011

$9,232 - $11,853


Chevy Traverse

2012

$9,840 - $11,657


Dodge Grand Caravan

2012

2013

2014

$6,667 - $9,940

$7,868 - $11,289

$9,858 - $13,599


Chrysler Town & Country

2012

2013

$7,493 - $9,764

$9,860 - $12,343

$10K — $12k

Best Value

These cars rated highest in safety and came in under $12k.


Ford Flex

2013

$11,651 - $13,616


Ford Fusion

2015

$10,887 - $13,234


Ford Taurus

2014

$10,511 - $14,402


Lincoln MKZ

2013

$10,765 - $12,784


Nissan Rogue

2014

$9,860 - $12,343


Good Value

These cars rated high in safety and came in under $12k.


Ford Fusion

2015

$10,887 - $13,234


Lincoln MKZ

2013

$10,765 - $12,784


Lincoln MKS

2012

$10,562 - $12,451


Toyota Camry

2013

2014

$10,170 - $12,473

$10,160 - $13,469


Nissan Altima

2013

2014

$10,170 - $12,473

$10,160 - $13,469


Buick LaCrosse

2012

$10,617 - $13,574


Ford Taurus

2013

2014

$9,010 - $12,567

$10,511 - $14,402


Buick Regal

2013

$10,224 - $12,351


Chrysler 300

2012

$11,090 - $13,345


Buick Encore

2014

$10,152 - $12,373


Dodge Journey

2014

$10,213 - $12,061


Chevrolet Equinox

2013

$10,225 - $12,076


GMC Terrain

2013

$10,511 - $12,378


Ford Edge

2013

$10,511 - $12,378


Ford Explorer

2012

$10,378 - $13,089

Chrysler Town & Country

2014

$11,232 - $13,805

Under 15K

Best Value

These cars rated highest in safety and came in under $15k.


Buick Encore

2015

2016

$11,322 - $13,617

$11,807 - $14,024


Chevrolet Equinox

2014

2015

2016

$11,851 - $13,828

$12,837 - $14,854

$14,436 - $16,565


Chevorlet Impala

2015

$12,202 - $15,657


Ford Escape

2017

$13,906 - $16,559


Ford Flex

2014

$13,154 - $15,185


Ford Fusion

2016

2017

2018

$11,281 - $13,536

$13,059 - $15,476

$14,506 - $16,991


Ford Taurus

2015

2016

2017

$11,573 - $15,424

$12,099 - $16,082

$13,191 - $17,332


GMC Terrain

2014

2015

$12,018 - $13,977

$13,564 - $15,633


Lincoln MKZ

2014

2015

$12,344 - $14,595

$13,134 - $15,463


Good Value

These cars rated high in safety and came in under $15k.


Ford Fusion

2016

2017

2018

$11,781 - $14,136

$13,059 - $15,476

$14,506 - $16,991


Lincoln MKZ

2014

2015

2016

$12,344 - $14,595

$13,134 - $15,463

$15,404 - $18,059


Lincoln MKS

2013

2014

$13,327 - $15,412

$14,267 - $16,358


Cadillac CTS Sedan

2013

$12,473 - $15,140


Toyota Camry

2015

2016

2017

$11,412 - $14,915

$12,459 - $16,066

$14,052 - $17,887


Nissan Altima

2015

2016

2017

$11,412 - $14,915

$12,459 - $16,066

$14,052 - $17,887


Buick LaCrosse

2013

$12,097 - $15,228


Ford Taurus

2015

2016

2017

$11,573 - $15,424

$12,099 - $16,082

$13,191 - $17,332

Buick Regal

2014

2015

$12,107 - $14,418

$13,885 - $16,312


Chrysler 300

2013

2014

$12,812 - $15,149

$13,680 - $15,909


Ford Escape

2015

2016

$11,135 - $13,584

$12,566 - $15,137


Dodge Journey

2015

2016

$12,204 - $14,191

$13,808 - $15,903


Toyota Highlander

2011

2012

$12,329 - $14,442

$14,848 - $17,017


Ford Edge

2014

2015

$12,360 - $14,365

$14,858 - $17,011


Ford Explorer

2013

2014

$12,164 - $15,093

$14,134 - $17,275


Chevrolet Traverse

2013

2014

$11,814 - $13,787

$14,195 - $16,310


Dodge Grand Caravan

2015

2016

$11,863 - $15,840

$13,437 - $17,638


Chrysler Town & Country

2015

$13,237 - $15,996

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