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Annual list highlights the safest new and used vehicles for teens in 2022

ByElla E. Kidwell

May 26, 2022

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and Consumer Reports released its annual list of the safest affordable vehicles for teen drivers for 2022 on Thursday.

This year’s list of safe and reliable cars for teens includes 49 used vehicle models ranging in price from $6,000 to $19,900, as well as 21 new vehicle models ranging in price from $21,200 to $38. $900. Officials say fast cars, light cars and the heaviest cars are excluded from the list, which instead features vehicles that received good ratings on equipment, construction and crash tests.

“Although the recommendations are aimed specifically at young drivers, they can be a resource for anyone looking for a safe, reliable and affordable vehicle,” the press release said Thursday. “The new vehicle list is particularly useful for parents of young children who may purchase a vehicle for their own use with a view to passing it on to a new driver in the future.”

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The list of used vehicles is divided into two parts: the “best choices” and the “good choices”. Officials say vehicles in the top pick category “provide a slightly higher level of safety.”

Lists of the safest and most affordable used and new vehicles can be found below.

Used Vehicles – “Top Picks”

Small cars

  • Ford C-Max Hybrid (2014-2015) — $8,400

  • Mazda 3 sedan or hatchback (2014 or newer) – $8,700

  • Chevy Volt (2014) — $10,500

  • Subaru Impreza sedan or wagon (2015, 2018-2020) — $11,000

  • Toyota Corolla hatchback (2019 or newer) – $18,700

  • Honda Insight (2019 or newer) – $19,800

  • Subaru Crosstrek (2018 or newer) — $19,900

Intermediate cars

  • Subaru Legacy (2013 or newer; built after August 2012) – $8,300

  • Subaru Outback (2013 or newer; built after August 2012) – $8,800

  • Volkswagen Passat (2015, 2017) — $10,400

  • Mazda 6 (2014-19) — $10,800

  • Toyota Prius v (2015-17) – $12,400

  • Lincoln MKZ (2015 or newer) – $13,200

  • Volvo S60 (2018) — $19,100

  • Audi A6 (2016-19) — $19,400

big cars

  • Toyota Avalon (2015 or newer) — $15,700

  • Hyundai Genesis (2016) – $18,100

Small SUVs

  • Mazda CX-5 (2014 or newer; built after October 2013) — $10,200

  • Honda CR-V (2015 or newer) – $14,900

  • Hyundai Kona (2018, 2021) – $18,100

  • Mazda CX-3 (2019) — $19,200

  • Volvo XC60 (2017) — $19,400

Midsize SUVs

  • Ford Edge (2015, 2020; built after May 2015) – $12,900

  • Nissan Murano (2015 or newer) — $14,700

  • Chevy Equinox (2017) — $15,600

  • GMC Terrain (2017) — $16,000

  • Lexus NX (2015 or newer) — $16,700

  • Hyundai Santa Fe (2017-19; built after March 2016) – $17,800

  • Toyota Highlander (2014 or newer) — $17,800

Minivans

  • Toyota Sienna (2015-18) – $14,700

  • Kia Sedona (2017) — $15,200

  • Honda Odyssey (2017, 2020 or newer) – $17,100

Used vehicles – “good choices”

Small cars

  • Mazda 3 sedan or hatchback (2011-13; built after December 2010) – $6,000

  • Honda Civic sedan (2012-15, 2019 or newer) – $7,100

  • Toyota Prius (2011 or newer) — $8,100

  • Chevy Volt (2013) — $8,800

  • Toyota Corolla sedan (2014 or newer) — $10,900

  • Lexus CT200h (2012-13) — $11,100

Intermediate cars

  • Toyota Prius v (2012-14) – $8,500

  • Toyota Camry (2012 or newer) – $9,400

  • Honda Accord Sedan (2012 or newer) or Coupe (2013 or newer) – $9,900

  • Volkswagen Jetta (2016) — $10,900

  • Ford Fusion (2015, 2018) — $12,200

  • BMW 3 Series Sedan (2016) – $14,500

  • Nissan Altima (2017, 2020) – $14,700

big cars

  • Ford Taurus (2011) – $6,300

  • Hyundai Genesis (2011) – $6,900

  • Toyota Avalon (2011-14) – $9,400

Small SUV

  • Nissan Rogue (2014-20) — $11,000

New vehicles

Small cars

  • Mazda 3 sedan or hatchback — $21,200

  • Honda Insight — $26,100

Intermediate cars

  • The Subaru Legacy – $23,800

  • Kia K5 — $24,700

  • Subaru Outback — $27,500

  • Lexus IS — $38,900

Small SUVs

  • Chevy Trailblazer — $21,900

  • Mazda CX-30 — $23,200

  • Hyundai Tucson — $25,800

  • Mazda CX-5 — $26,800

  • Ford Bronco Sport – $28,200

  • Buick Encore GX (Petrol trim) – $28,800

  • Toyota RAV4 (XLE, XLE Premium, SE, XSE, Adventure, Limited or TRD trims) – $30,300

  • Honda CR-V (Hybrid EX, Hybrid EX-L, Touring or Hybrid Touring trims) – $32,300

  • Lexus UX (with auto-leveling triple-beam LED headlights) – $35,300

Midsize SUVs

  • Hyundai Santa Fe (built after July 2021) – $27,800

  • Hyundai Palisade — $34,300

  • Nissan Murano — $35,000

  • Mazda CX-9 — $35,700

  • Toyota Highlander — $37,100

Minivan

Learn more about the methodology behind the listing in the full press release below.


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