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U.S. News & World Report Identifies the Best Used Cars for Teens

Even affordable used cars can have crash avoidance features that keep teens safe.

U.S. News & World Report, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice, today unveiled the Best Used Cars for Teens. Combined with the Best New Cars for Teens, the rankings provide an unparalleled resource for parents looking for safe, dependable cars for new drivers. The cars that make up the Best Used Cars for Teens list have the best combination of reliability and safety ratings, ownership costs, positive reviews when they were new and available tech that can help prevent crashes or lessen their severity.

The 2017 Best Used Cars for Teens



2013 Buick Verano

Best Used Small Car for Teens

2014 GMC Terrain

Best Used Small SUV for Teens

2012 Honda Accord

Best Used Midsize Car for Teens

2012 Buick Enclave

Best Used Midsize SUV for Teens

2014 Toyota Avalon

Best Used Large Car for Teens


“Just because you’re looking for a used car for your teen driver doesn’t mean you should compromise on peace of mind,” says Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars. “The 2017 Best Used Cars for Teens are all dependable, provide excellent crash protection and have available active safety features that can keep teens safe.”

To be named one of the Best Used Cars for Teens, a vehicle has to be from the 2012 to 2014 model years, have the best combination of reliability ratings, crash test scores, available advanced driver assistance features, ownership costs and critics’ recommendation score from the U.S. News Best Used Cars rankings in its class. An additional list of recommended picks from the 2015 model year gives parents and teens extra options, featuring vehicles with more high-tech safety features, but at a higher price.

Since 2007, U.S. News Best Cars, the automotive channel of U.S. News & World Report, has published rankings of the majority of new vehicles sold in America. Each year, U.S. News also publishes the Best Cars awards, including Best Vehicle BrandsBest Cars for the Money and Best Cars for Families. U.S. News Best Cars had more than 65 million visitors over the past year, with the majority actively shopping for a car. Eighty percent of active shoppers reported that the U.S. News Best Cars site influenced their car purchasing decision.

SOURCE U.S. News & World Report


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