IIHS Lists Safest Vehicles for Teens

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    The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has released its list of safest vehicles for teens as it reports the month of July as the deadliest month for motor vehicle crashes.

    The IIHS, the organization responsible for all safety crash tests on cars, is concerned that many teenage drivers are driving vehicles that don't offer good crash protection and lack important safety features, according to new research.

    To help guide parents toward safer choices, IIHS has compiled its first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teens. The IIHS has split the list based on cost - creating one group of older vehicles starting at under $10,000 -- and a second list of newer cars starting at under $20,000.

    The IIHS used safety crash tests to create its list of recommended vehicles. They also looked at the size and weight of the cars and said most of the styles chosen were mid-sized cars and SUVs.

    No small vehicles made the cut, and all the vehicles on both lists have electronic stability control as a standard feature. This feature is a system that can help prevent loss of control crashes and rollovers.

    View the the full list of recommended vehicles here.