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What used vehicle should you purchase for your child?

Posted on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 4:09:19 PM

Once your child hits 16, they are often raring to go and looking to get behind the wheel. As a parent, this can be both terrifying and a proud moment. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 35 percent of all deaths among 16-19 year-olds were directly caused by motor vehicles in 2007, the latest year which data is available.

Therefore, choosing a vehicle with top of the line safety features can grant a parent piece of mind. However, it doesn’t have to break the budget and take extreme auto financing. Consider checking out these three vehicles:

1. Hyundai Elantra 2010. This brand is known for durability and a reasonable price tag. The impressive interior will make your teen squeal, while the four out of five stars for frontal and side crash protection will have you breathing a sigh of relief.

2. Honda Accord 2010. Don’t let the sleek design fool you, this vehicle received a good safety rating for both frontal-offset and side-impact crash protection by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. However, the brakes are below average, with a 60-0 stopping distance of 137 feet, according to Edmunds.

3. Toyota RAV 4 2010. If you want your new driver to have the added benefit of height, consider this compact option. It received five out of five stars in driver, side impact front and rear safety, and four stars in passenger and rollover by the NHTSA.ADNFCR-16001052-ID-800743692-ADNFCR