Updated: 07/16/2014 9:51 PM
Created: 07/16/2014 4:34 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart
Each year many teenagers get behind the wheel for the first time and join the fleet of drivers on the road. However, the cars they're driving aren't always the newest or necessarily the safest.
With that in mind, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety compiled its first-ever list of best used cars for teens.
The IIHS recently surveyed 500 parents of teen drivers and found 83 percent of parents who purchased a vehicle for their teen bought it used. The reason is a new car, with all the safety bells and whistles, is out of the family budget.
"We realize parents are working within a budget, but we're hoping they'll consider safety. They’ll think about the high-crash risk that teens have and buy the most safety in a vehicle that their budget will afford," said Anne McCartt, IIHS Sr. VP for research.
The institute suggests:
Several cars on the IIHS list cost less than $10,000, based on Kelley Blue Book prices.