The best used cars for first-time drivers start with top-notch safety ratings. After all, inexperienced drivers are more likely to get into accidents, and that makes any extra occupant protection all the more important. With recent pre-owned vehicles, you can also take advantage of modern driver-assistance technologies. Many are now available even in very affordable used cars.
For some shoppers, those two factors — affordability and the potential for vehicle damage — also come together in another way: Those folks don’t want to spend a lot of money for a vehicle that, frankly, has a better chance of being damaged than one driven by someone with more practice. We took all those factors and more into account to come up with today’s top 10 picks.