Although motor vehicle crashes are often preventable, car crashes still remain the leading cause of death among teenagers. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2,333 American teens were killed in 2015 due to motor vehicle crashes and 221,313 received emergency treatment for crash-related injuries. According to the CDC, the leading cause of teenage car crashes includes a lack of experience, reckless or impaired driving, failure to use seatbelts and distracted driving. However, advanced technology makes vehicles safer than ever, especially for young drivers. For this reason, the experts at Online-Drivers-Licenses.org have put together a list of the safest car models for new drivers.
#1 Toyota Avalon
Larger vehicles are safer when it comes to front crashes, but many drivers still prefer a car over an SUV or truck. If your teen driver prefers a car for his or her first vehicle, or if price is a main concern, then 2015 or newer Toyota Avalon models are an excellent option. According to the expert team at Online-Drivers-Licenses.org, the large four-door sedan earned a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), receiving favorable ratings in front overlap, side and roof crashworthiness.
#2 Kia Optima
If you are looking for an affordable midsize sedan for your teen driver, then the team at Online-Drivers-Licenses.org recommends the 2011 or newer Kia Optima. The 2017 and 2016 Kia Optima earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, while the 2011 through 2015 models received an IIHS Top Safety Pick Rating.
#3 Subaru Outback
If you are looking for a slightly larger midsize car, then the2013 and newer Subaru Outback earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, with its superior front crash prevention, small and moderate front overlap crashworthiness and side and roof strength. Other safety features include adjustable pedals, auto-leveling headlights and lane departure warning.
#4 Honda CR-V
SUVs are safer than cars, but they are often more expensive. However, the 2015 or newer Honda CR-V is an affordable option with excellent safety features and superior front crash protection. As a recipient of the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating, the Honda CR-V is highly recommended for new drivers by the team at Online-Drivers-Licenses.org due to the vehicle’s side airbags, daytime running lights, rollover sensor, electronic stability control and antilock brakes.
#5 GMC Terrain
2014 and newer GMC Terrains received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating for its crashworthiness protection and low levels of head, neck, chest, leg and foot injuries during tests. Plus, the GMC Terrain comes equipped with safety features such as electronic stability control, integrated turn signal mirrors, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rollover protection.
#6 Toyota Sienna
If you are looking for a family vehicle that your new teenage driver can use, then the 2015 or newer Toyota Sienna is an excellent option. The minivan may not be your teen’s first pick for his or her first vehicle, but it received an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating and contains safety features such as side airbags, rollover sensors, driver knee airbags, seat cushion airbags, electronic stability control, daytime running lights and antilock brakes.
#7 Toyota Tundra
If your teen driver prefers a pickup truck for his or her first vehicle, then the team at Online-Drivers-Licenses.org recommends the 2014 or newer Toyota Tundra. The reasonably-priced pickup truck contains safety features such as daytime running lights, side airbags, driver and front passenger knee airbags, rollover sensors, electronic stability control and antilock brakes.
#8 Ford Taurus
If price is a determining factor, then the 2009 or newer Ford Taurus is a safe but affordable option for young drivers. The large four-door sedan earned an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating with its good performance in moderate overlap front and side crashworthiness and its side airbags, rollover sensor and antilock brake safety features.
#9 Ford Fusion
As another affordable option, the 2010 or newer Ford Fusion received an IIHS Top Safety Pick rating. It contains safety features such as brake assist, adjustable pedals, traction control, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring.