Safest Used Cars For Teen Drivers Under $10,000

All parents want the best for their children. Once they become a teen driver, you want them to be safe and protected while driving out in the world.

When buying a car, you'll want to ensure you get all the latest safety technology to protect your teen driver, but for most parents, buying a new car for their teenager is out of reach.

There are many used cars, much more affordable, that come equipped with some of the most important safety features to protect your teen.

Consumer Reports did a study on what's the most essential safety options considered on a vehicle. Once they completed the study, they compiled the below list to help you find a safe and reliable vehicle to protect your teen.

What Makes a Vehicle Safe for a Teen Driver?

Instead of letting your teen driver borrow your car this weekend, give yourself peace of mind knowing they're driving one of the recommended vehicles off this list.

Safe and Reliable Cars for Teen Drivers Under $10,000

Year Range Vehicle Starting Price
2009 - 2012 4-cyl. Chevrolet Malibu Starting at: $8,125
2009 - 2011 Ford Focus Starting at: $6,050
2010 - 2012 4-cyl. and Hybrid Ford Fusion Starting at: $8,325
2006 - 2014 4-cyl and non-turbo Hyundai Sonata Starting at: $5,450
2010 - 2011 Kia Soul Starting at: $8,925
2011 - 2013 Mazda3 Starting at: $9,825
2009 - 2013 4-cyl. Mazda6i Starting at: $8,375
2004 - 2012 4-cyl. Toyota RAV4 Starting at: $5,590
2009 - 2010 4-cyl. Volkswagen Jetta Starting at: $7,250
2009 - 2014 Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf Starting at $7,700

If you're considering the purchase of a pre-owned vehicle for your teen driver, I recommend using a free online referral services such as CarClearanceDeals and Edmunds. These services will tell you what others are paying for the vehicle you're considering in your local area and which dealers give the greatest discounts.