National study reveals list of used cars safest for teen drivers; bigger, heavier cars safer

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The month of July tends to be the most dangerous for teen drivers.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety put hundreds of vehicles to the test to find the safest options for teen drivers. Wednesday, the organization released a list of their results.

The study also found many teens are in vehicles that don't offer good crash protection and lack important safety technology.

The insurance institute tested cars ranging in price from $5,000 to $20,000.

What they found was bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash, even though more than half of teens drive smaller cars. They also found teens should stay away from high horsepower and that electronic stability control is a must. The E.S.C. feature can help a teen keep their vehicle in control on curves and slippery roads.

A lot of cars came out on top.

Here are a few of the best, listed by make, model, recommended year car was made and median price.

LARGE CARS

Saab 9-5 sedan, 2010 and later, $17,500

Lincoln MKS, 2009 and later, $15,500

Buick Regal, 2011 and later, $13,500

Ford Taurus, 2010 and later, $13,500

Buick LaCrosse, 2010 and later, $12,900

Volvo S80, 2007 and later, $9,000

MIDSIZE CARS

Toyota Prius v, 2012 and later, $19,100

Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan, 2009 and later, $16,000

Honda Accord sedan, 2012 and later; coupe 2013-14, $14,400

Audi A4, 2009 and later, $14,300

Toyota Camry, 2012 and later, $14,300

Buick Verano, 2012 and later, $14,100

Subaru Outback, 2010 and later, $14,000

Lincoln MKZ, 2010 and later; built after April 2010, $13,500

Kia Optima, 2011 and later, $13,300

Hyundai Sonata, 2011 and later, $12,100

Subaru Legacy, 2010 and later, $11,900

Dodge Avenger, 2011 and later, $11,600

Audi A3, 2008 and later, $11,300

Volkswagen CC, 2009 and later, $11,200

Chevrolet Malibu, 2010 and later; built after November 2009, $10,900

Chrysler 200 sedan, 2011 and later, $10,700

Mercury Milan, 2010-11; built after April 2010, $10,700

Ford Fusion, 2010 and later; built after April 2010, $10,200

Volkswagen Passat, 2009 and later, $10,000

Volvo C30, 2008 and later, $9,800

Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen, 2009 and later, $9,400

Volkswagen Jetta, 2009 and later, $8,200

SMALL SUVs

Honda CR-V, 2012 and later, $18,100

Kia Sportage, 2011 and later, $13,800

Hyundai Tucson, 2010 and later, $13,100

Subaru Forester, 2009 and later, $12,800

Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, 2011 and later, $12,000

Volkswagen Tiguan, 2009 and later, $10,200

Honda Element, 2007 and later, $8,900

MIDSIZE SUVs

Volvo XC60, 2010 and later, $18,000

Saab 9-4X, 2011-12, $17,800

Toyota Highlander, 2008 and later, $17,100

Toyota Venza, 2009 and later, $15,900

Ford Edge, 2011 and later; built after February 2011, $15,500

Ford Flex, 2010 and later, $15,100

GMC Terrain, 2010 and later, $14,900

Kia Sorento, 2011 and later, $14,500

Infiniti EX, 2008 and later, $14,400

Chevrolet Equinox, 2010 and later, $13,700

Dodge Journey, 2010 and later, $11,200

Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca, 2006 and later, $8,500

Volvo XC90, 2005 and later, $7,300

LARGE SUVs

Buick Enclave, 2011 and later, $19,900

GMC Acadia, 2011 and later, $17,800

Chevrolet Traverse, 2011 and later, $16,600

MINIVANS

Chrysler Town & Country, 2012 and later, $18,100

Honda Odyssey, 2011 and later, $17,100

Toyota Sienna, 2011 and later, $16,400

Dodge Grand Caravan, 2012 and later, $15,200

Volkswagen Routan, 2012, $14,000

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