Shopping for a car for a teen driver can be tough. You want to get them something that’s safe, not too powerful, easy for them to control, and affordable. Recently, the IIHS compiled a list of suitable cars. The list was comprised of older cars that offer a smart balance of affordability and safety.
The organization’s choices were divided up into two categories: the “best choices,” which are the safest recommended choices for under $20,000, and the “good choices,” which are recommendations that are safer than most cars out there but not good enough to be included in the best choices category. Cars in the good choices category had to be easily available for under $10,000.
Left Lane News identified the cheapest cars in each category. While these aren't the only safe and affordable options the IIHS highlighted, they are the most affordable based on pricing data provided by Kelly Blue Book.
Cheapest Cars in the "Best Choices" Category
The following cars are some of the best choices based on safety and price. The price threshold for the best choices category was $20,000, but the models listed below will go for a fraction of that.
2005 or newer Volvo XC90
2007 or newer Volvo S80
2011 to 2014 Dodge Avenger
2011 or newer Mitsubishi Outlander Sport
2014 or newer Toyota Tundra
Cheapest Cars in the "Good Choices" Category
The vehicles in this category still offer a good balance of safety and affordability but aren't as safe as the vehicles in the best choices category. The price threshold for this category was $10,000, but you can find most of these cars for much less. Many of them will only drain your bank account by a few thousand bucks.
2005 to 2011 Saab 9-3
2006 to 2014 Kia Sedona
2007 to 2008 Hyundai Entourage
2010 to 2013 Suzuki Kizashi
2008 to 2009 Ford Taurus X