The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a non-profit, independent organization that provides highway safety research and information to help reduce deaths, injuries, and property damage caused by crashes on the nation’s roads. Recently the IIHS compiled its first-ever list of recommend used cars for teen drivers, and 12 past and present General Motors models made the list.
“We know many teens are driving the older, smaller vehicles in the family fleet are less likely to afford optimal crash protection,” said IIHS Senior Vice President for Research Anne Mccartt. “The vehicles from GM brands on our list provide teens with important safety features across all family budgets.”
The models selected from the GM family of vehicles include:
- 2011 and later Buick Regal
- 2010 and later Buick LaCrosse
- 2010 and later Chevy Malibu
- 2012 and later Buick Verano
- 2010 and later Chevy Equinox
- 2011 and later Buick Enclave
- 2011 and later Chevrolet Traverse
The report also pointed out that teen drivers’ vehicle choices should be guided by these four factors:
- Teen drivers should make sure their vehicle has Electronic Stability Control
- At a minimum, used vehicles should have a rating of “good” from the IIHS rating system and four or five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- Bigger, heavier vehicles (like small to large SUVs and mid-size to large sedans) protect young drivers better in the event of a crash.
- Young drivers should avoid vehicles with high horsepower.
When your teen driver is ready to hit the road, visit Bill Harris Auto Center in Ashland to find a quality, safe used vehicle to get them where they need to go.