The 14 best cars and SUVs for teens

KiaThe 2020 Kia Soul.

When your teenager gets his or her first car, safety is a top priority. And as automakers introduce technology that helps avoid or lessen the impact of accidents, there are more ways than ever to keep a driver safe.

US News and World Report released on Tuesday its list of the best new cars and SUVs for teens that cost between $US20,000 to $US40,000, focusing on criteria like safety technology, predicted reliability, crash performance, and reviews from automotive critics. The publication also included its picks for the best used cars and SUVs.

These are 14 great cars and SUVs for teens, according to US News and World Report.


Best car under $US20,000: 2019 Hyundai Accent

Hyundai2019 Hyundai Accent.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.2

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.1


Best car between $US20,000-$US25,000: 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

Volkswagen2019 Volkswagen Jetta.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 8.9

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 7.7


Best SUV between $US20,000-$US25,000: 2019 Honda HR-V

Honda2019 Honda HR-V.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.0

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 7.4


Best car between $US25,000-$US30,000: 2019 Kia Forte

Kia2019 Kia Forte.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.5

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.4


Best SUV between $US25,000-$US30,000: 2020 Kia Soul

Kia2020 Kia Soul.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.5

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.4


Best car between $US30,000-$US35,000: 2019 Toyota Camry

Toyota2019 Toyota Camry.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 10.0

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.6


Best SUV between $US30,000-$US35,000: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: TBD

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.1


Best car between $US35,000-$US40,000: 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 10

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.7


Best SUV between $US35,000-$US40,000: 2019 Toyota RAV4

Toyota2019 Toyota RAV4.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.4

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.3


Best used large car: 2016 Buick LaCrosse

Buick2016 Buick LaCrosse.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.8

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 9.0


Best used midsize car: 2016 Toyota Camry/Camry Hybrid

Toyota2016 Toyota Camry.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.3

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.9


Best used midsize SUV: 2015 Chevrolet Traverse

Chevrolet2015 Chevrolet Traverse.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.8

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 8.9


Best used small car: 2016 Toyota Prius

Toyota2016 Toyota Prius.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.3

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 9.0


Best used small SUV: 2016 Hyundai Tucson

Hyundai2016 Hyundai Tucson.

US News and World Report’s safety rating: 9.8

US News and World Report’s overall rating: 9.0

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