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IIHS and Consumer Reports pick the best used cars for teens

Don't know what to get your kid for a first car? This should help.

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Kyle Hyatt

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2017 Mazda3
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Mazda 3 (2014 and newer)

Mazda's entry-level sedan and hatchback offer a lot of value for the money.

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Mazda 3 (2014 and newer)

They're well-built, safe and surprisingly fun to drive.

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Mazda 3 (2014 and newer)

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Subaru Impreza (2014 and newer)

The Subaru Impreza offers great economy and standard all-wheel drive.

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Subaru Impreza (2014 and newer)

It's a perfect car for kids in states that get real weather.

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Subaru Impreza (2014 and newer)

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line
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Hyundai Elantra GT (2018 and newer)

The Elantra GT brings good looks, good build quality and a great price to the party.

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Hyundai Elantra GT (2018 and newer)

With lots of standard features and a low cost of ownership, it's an easy contender.

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Hyundai Elantra GT (2018 and newer)

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Subaru Outback (2013 or newer)

The Subaru Outback has a reputation for long life and go-anywhere ability.

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Subaru Outback (2013 or newer)

It's also been around forever so finding a nice one should be easy.

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Subaru Outback (2013 or newer)

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Honda Accord (2013 and newer)

The Honda Accord has been a first-car favorite for parents everywhere for a long time.

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Honda Accord (2013 and newer)

It's economical, safe and should last forever.

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Honda Accord (2013 and newer)

2018 Volkswagen Jetta
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Volkswagen Jetta (2016-2018)

The Jetta from 2016-2018 may not have been at its most exciting, but that makes it even better as a first car.

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Volkswagen Jetta (2016-2018)

Add in some Euro styling and your kid will be one of the coolest in the school parking lot.

2016 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
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2016 Hyundai Genesis

The Hyundai Genesis offered a shocking amount of standard features and plenty of fun-to-drive performance.

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2016 Hyundai Genesis

It's also a steal on the used market.

2017 Mazda CX-5
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Mazda CX-5 (2014 and newer)

Mazda's CX-5 is a cool-looking and fun to drive small SUV.

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Mazda CX-5 (2014 and newer)

Like most Mazdas, it offers stellar value for money.

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Mazda CX-5 (2014 and newer)

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Buick Encore (2016 and newer)

The Buick Encore might be a little weird-looking, but it's cheap to keep running.

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Buick Encore (2016 and newer)

It also has decent standard safety tech and nice interior appointments for the class.

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Buick Encore (2016 and newer)

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

The Chevy Equinox takes the good stuff from the Buick and makes it a little more hip.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox Diesel

It's also likely a little easier to find for a good price.

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2018 Chevrolet Equinox

2019 GMC Terrain
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GMC Terrain (2014, 2016 and newer)

The GMC Terrain brings "contractor grade" to a midsize SUV.

2014 GMC Terrain
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GMC Terrain (2014, 2016 and newer)

There is plenty of safety and convenience tech inside, and it's going to keep chugging along for a long time.

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GMC Terrain (2014, 2016 and newer)

2016 Kia Sorento
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Kia Sorento (2016 and newer)

The Kia Sorento might not be the coolest nameplate on the list, but it's shockingly decent to live with.

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Kia Sorento (2016 and newer)

It's also not bad to look at and should be pretty hard-wearing even with less than fastidious ownership.

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Kia Sorento (2016 and newer)

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Nissan Murano (2015 and newer)

The Murano has always been stylish and thanks to a hard-wearing interior, it's easy to find one in relatively nice shape.

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Nissan Murano (2015 and newer)

The engine and drivetrain are workhorses and these things sold like hotcakes, so finding one is a breeze.

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Nissan Murano (2015 and newer)

2015 Toyota Sienna
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2015 Toyota Sienna

It's a Toyota and a minivan, so it's basically indestructible.

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2015 Toyota Sienna

Your kid won't love you for the lack of cool this thing offers, but with tons of room and unquestionable reliability, it's a solid buy.

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2015 Toyota Sienna

2015 Honda Odyssey
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Honda Odyssey (2015 and 2016)

Honda's Odyssey has always been one of the more engaging minivans to drive, and it's still a Honda which means it's cheap to own.

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Honda Odyssey (2015 and 2016)

It's won't be the coolest thing in the school parking lot, but it might be one of the smartest buys for your kid.

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