When looking at safe cars for teens it's important to keep in mind that the safest vehicle in the world is no good for a young driver if they can't afford it. With that in mind, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued a list of used cars and SUVs that represent the safest affordable options for teenagers looking to get behind the wheel for the first time. The list is weighted towards larger and heavier automobiles that perform well in crash safety testing - which means no subcompact cars are included - and it also excludes high horsepower models which offer a greater potential for the kind of teenage shenanigans that can end in tragedy.
Parents chaperoning their kids through used car showrooms can use all the help they can get when looking for an economical ride that will protect their children as much as possible in the event of an accident. With that in mind, we've picked 10 of the most appealing safe cars for teens from the IIHS list and gathered them here for easy reference.