Best Used Toyota Cars for Your Teen According to the IIHS

Safest Used Toyota Models for Teens

Back-to-school season will be here sooner than you think, and if you have a teenager who will be driving to school this year, there are many aspects you should consider before purchasing their first used car. Safety is chief among those aspects and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has some recommendations.

Recently updated in April 2017, the IIHS’ list of safest used cars for teens features numerous used Toyota models. They also suggest options starting under $10,000 as well as options starting under $20,000.

Some of the criteria that went into selecting models included:

  • Electronic Stability Control had to be standard.
  • All models had to have at least a good rating in the IIHS moderate overlap front, side and head restraint tests.
  • All models had to have a four or five star rating from the NHTSA.
  • No high horsepower options were included for safety.
  • Bigger and heavier models were preferred, so no mini- or super small cars were included in their recommendations.

Best Used Cars for Teens Starting Under $10,000
The IIHS named these Toyota models in this pricing bracket:

Large Cars – Toyota Avalon 2009-2014
Midsize Cars – Toyota Camry 2012-2013
Small Cars – Toyota RAV4 2009-2014
Midsize SUVs – Toyota Highlander 2008 and newer
Midsize SUVs – Toyota Venza 2009 – 2015
Pickups – Toyota Tundra extended cab (Double Cab) 2007 - 2013

Best Used Cars for Teens Starting Under $20,000
The IIHS named these Toyota models in this pricing bracket:

Large Cars – Toyota Avalon 2015 or newer
Midsize Cars – Toyota Camry 2014 or newer (built after Dec. 2013)
Midsize Cars – Toyota Prius v 2015 and newer
Small SUVs – Toyota RAV4 2015 and newer
Minivans – Toyota Sienna 2015 and newer
Pickups – Toyota Tundra extended cab (Double Cab) 2014 and newer

Check out our selection of used Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs for sale in the Dallas area to find a great used car for your teen. We may have just the model you’re looking for or we can track it down for you if it’s not currently in stock.

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