Apr 17

Best Used Cars for Teen Drivers

Purchasing a car for a teen driver can be a scary, and expensive, undertaking.  To help families find the safest and most affordable options, CarInsurance.com has put together a list of the least expensive 2008 and 2009 model year used cars to insure based on the following criteria:

  • estimated to sell for less than $15,000
  • initially earned top marks in IIHS crash tests
  • rated at more than 20 mpg in combined city/highway driving
  • have better-than-average reported reliability

The following are CarInsurance.com’s top 10 Best Used Cars for Teen Drivers:

Audi A3 – “This compact hatchback is CarInsurance.com’s top choice among model-year 2008 and 2009 cars for young drivers, based on safety ratings, fuel economy, long-term reliability and reasonably low insurance costs.”


Honda Accord Sedan – “This popular midsize sedan is roomy and drives predictably; choose a model with the standard four-cylinder engine for top fuel economy.”



Mercury Sable / Ford Taurus – “Mechanically identical, these large and substantial sedans may be too frumpy for some teens, but they’re sure and stable, not to mention affordable as used cars; look for models fitted with the optional stability control system for added safety.”


Subaru Forester – “This tidy crossover SUV is a solid performer with sufficient cargo space for carrying a kid’s belongings off to college and standard all-wheel-drive for optimal traction on wet or snowy roads; be sure to find a model that’s fitted with stability control.”


Mercury Milan / Ford Fusion – “Midsize sedan duo represents plain-vanilla transportation, but they work well in most respects, are affordable in the used-car market and are economical to run with the base four-cylinder engine; look for 2009 models equipped with stability control.”


Scion xB – “Well suited to young drivers, the boxy compact xB wagon is fun and funky; it’s also eminently practical, with ample rear seat room and lots of cargo space.”



Nissan Rogue – “Nissan’s sporty compact crossover SUV is fun to drive and can carry a school year’s worth of belongings in its expansive cargo hold.”



Honda Civic – “A perennial favorite among compact cars, the Civic is a proven winner for reliability and economy; choose a 2009 four-door model with stability control for lower insurance rates and added safety.”


Hyundai Santa Fe – “The sturdy midsize Santa Fe crossover SUV is a good value and a capable performer, with sufficient interior room and cargo space.”



Saturn VUE – “Though the Saturn brand may be long gone, the compact VUE crossover SUV remains a solid choice among used cars. It’s practical, performs adequately and is a good value; CarInsurance.com says to look for models built after 12/07.”


For more information on these, or any other used model, contact Pfeiffer Used Cars or stop into their Grand Rapids dealership!

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