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4 Great Makes and Models for Teenage Drivers

When it comes to choosing a car for teenage drivers, safety will always be the foremost aspect, followed by budget and reliability. The temptation to turn over the keys of an existing family car should be curtailed by careful research. The following four automobiles are recommended by the United States Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. These recommendations from 2016 are for used vehicles.

Volvo S80

Swedish automaker Volvo has always been associated with high safety standards. The 2007 Volvo S80 is a large luxury sedan that is considered to be one of the safest cars on today’s American roads. In terms of crash testing, the Volvo S80 gets high marks for its roof strength, restraints and overlaps. Although the S80 was originally released with a high price tag, its used-car value has decreased considerably over the years, and thus it can be found listed at reasonable prices.

Ford Models

Some of the safest, American-built cars are made by Ford. Its three flagship passenger models, the Taurus, Fusion and Focus, are ideal for teenage drivers. Some companies, like Rebel Ford, know that when looking for these models, it is important to keep in mind that new safety features were added in 2010. In the specific case of the Ford Focus, the sedan version scores higher on the crash safety ratings. Depending on the trim level, Ford Fusion and Taurus models from later years may feature electronic stability control for safer driving.

Honda CR-V

One of the safest small SUV models for teenagers is the Honda CR-V, which has the added advantage of not requiring extensive maintenance. The 2012 and newer Honda CR-V have received five-star safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Aside from its reassuring safety ratings, the Honda CR-V is a car that teenagers can actually enjoy thanks to its versatility, looks and handling. This vehicle is highly recommended for teenagers whose friends enjoy going to the beach or to state parks.

Ford F-150 Crew Cab

Not many pick-up trucks get a high safety rating, but the Ford F-150 has been doing great in that regard since 2011. One of the best features about the F-150 is that it is a very dependable pick-up truck, and it is ideal for teenage drivers who plan to work while attending college. From 2011 on, the Ford F-150 has been receiving five-star crash safety ratings.

In the end, parents should keep in mind that smaller and lighter vehicles tend to be riskier than their larger and heavier counterparts.

Tim Esterdahl

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