Does Your Child Own One of the IIHS Recommended Pre-Owned Cars for Teens? Buy One from AutoFair Today!


When choosing a car for a teen, the factors that go into the decision are not the same as those that go into a purchase for an adult. A great price tag, for example, generally matters more to a parent than luxury or flashiness, and good gas mileage likely outweighs the benefits of a powerful engine. But according to new research by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, most parents need to place safety higher on their list.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death among teenagers, and the IIHS has determined that parents should be paying more attention to this harsh reality when choosing vehicles for their teens. To help out, they’ve compiled their first-ever list of pre-owned vehicles that are safe for teens, and we were happy to see that many of these vehicles are available on our lots here in New Hampshire!

Below, we’ve listed the pre-owned Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan and Volkswagen vehicles that were rated either best or good choices by the IIHS. Volkswagen, in particular, had a very strong performance with six models honored as best choices for teens, many of which can be found at our NH Volkswagen dealership in Nashua!

Check out the list, and then stop by one of our New Hampshire dealerships to test-drive a used car with your teen today!



Best (under $20,000)

Taurus, 2010 and later

Fusion, 2010 and later; built after April 2010

Edge, 2011 and later; built after February 2011

Flex, 2010 and later

Good (under $10,000)

Taurus, 2009

Escape, 2009 and later

Edge, 2007-2010

Taurus X, 2008-2009




Accord Sedan, 2012 and later; coupe 2013-2014

CR-V, 2012 and later

Element, 2007 and later

Odyssey, 2011 and later


Pilot, 2006 and later

Odyssey, 2005-2010




Sonata, 2011 and later

Tucson, 2010 and later


Azera, 2006 and later

Veracruz, 2007 and later

Santa Fe, 2007-2010

Entourage, 2007-2008




Rogue, 2008 and later




CC, 2009 and later

Passat, 2009 and later

Jetta SportsWagen, 2009 and later

Jetta, 2009 and later

Tiguan, 2009 and later

Routan, 2012


Passat, 2006-2008

Routan, 2009-2011

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