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    For many families with teenage drivers, a new car just isn't in the budget. For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of the safest used cars for teenage drivers. (Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014)

    For many families with teenage drivers, a new car just isn't in the budget.

    Eighty-three percent of parents surveyed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said they've purchased a used vehicle for their teen. And with car accidents the leading cause of death among teens, choosing the right vehicle is critical.

    For the first time, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has compiled a list of the safest used cars for teenage drivers.

    "A teenager's first car is more than just a financial decision," says IIHS President Adrian Lund. "These lists of recommended used vehicles can help consumers factor in safety, in addition to affordability."

    Below is the IIHS' list of the best, affordable vehicles for teen drivers:

    LARGE CARSMODEL YEARSPRICE
    Saab 9-5 sedan2010 and later$17,500
    Lincoln MKS2009 and later$15,500
    Buick Regal2011 and later$13,500
    Ford Taurus2010 and later$13,500
    Buick LaCrosse2010 and later$12,900
    Volvo S802007 and later$9,000

     

    MIDSIZE CARS

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Toyota Prius v2012 and later$19,100
    Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan2009 and later$16,000
    Honda Accord sedan2012 and later; coupe 2013-14$14,400
    Audi A42009 and later$14,300
    Toyota Camry2012 and later$14,300
    Buick Verano2012 and later$14,100
    Subaru Outback2010 and later$14,000
    Lincoln MKZ2010 and later; built after April 2010$13,500
    Kia Optima2011 and later$13,300
    Hyundai Sonata2011 and later$12,100
    Subaru Legacy2010 and later$11,900
    Dodge Avenger2011 and later$11,600
    Audi A32008 and later$11,300
    Volkswagen CC2009 and later$11,200
    Chevrolet Malibu2010 and later; built after November 2009$10,900
    Chrysler 200 sedan2011 and later$10,700
    Mercury Milan2010-11; built after April 2010$10,700
    Ford Fusion2010 and later; built after April 2010$10,200
    Volkswagen Passat2009 and later$10,000
    Volvo C302008 and later$9,800
    Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen2009 and later$9,400
    Volkswagen Jetta2009 and later$8,200

     

    SMALL SUVs

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Honda CR-V2012 and later$18,100
    Kia Sportage2011 and later$13,800
    Hyundai Tucson2010 and later$13,100
    Subaru Forester2009 and later$12,800
    Mitsubishi Outlander Sport2011 and later$12,000
    Volkswagen Tiguan2009 and later$10,200
    Honda Element2007 and later$8,900

     

    MIDSIZE SUVs

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Volvo XC602010 and later$18,000
    Saab 9-4X2011-12$17,800
    Toyota Highlander2008 and later$17,100
    Toyota Venza2009 and later$15,900
    Ford Edge2011 and later; built after February 2011$15,500
    Ford Flex2010 and later$15,100
    GMC Terrain2010 and later$14,900
    Kia Sorento2011 and later$14,500
    Infiniti EX2008 and later$14,400
    Chevrolet Equinox2010 and later$13,700
    Dodge Journey2010 and later$11,200
    Subaru Tribeca/B9 Tribeca2006 and later$8,500
    Volvo XC902005 and later$7,300

     

    LARGE SUVs

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Buick Enclave2011 and later$19,900
    GMC Acadia2011 and later$17,800
    Chevrolet Traverse2011 and later$16,600

     

    MINIVANS

     

    MODEL YEARS

     

    PRICE

    Chrysler Town & Country2012 and later$18,100
    Honda Odyssey2011 and later$17,100
    Toyota Sienna2011 and later$16,400
    Dodge Grand Caravan2012 and later$15,200
    Volkswagen Routan2012$14,000