Every year we look at the Kelley Blue Book to stay on top of the best cars and the best deals, especially when it comes to finding the best cars for teens and young adults. While we have a lot of expertise in auto insurance, we get a lot of questions from our customers about advice on the best cars for teens.

Here at IASTL, we trust the Kelley Blue Book, and they rate the safety of these cars on the lowest trim package, typical mileage, and private party pricing. We understand that purchasing the best cars for teens might involve looking at older models. That’s why we included this list of the Top 18 Best Cars for Teens Under $10K and a video below of the best new models:

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Best Cars Starting At 10K

Large Cars

  • Acura RL  (2005 and later) $9,700
  • Mercury Sable (2009 and later) $9,700
  • Kia Amanti (2009 and later) $9,700

Mid-size Cars

  • Subaru Legacy (2009 and later) $9,900
  • BMW 3 series (2006 or later) $9,300
  • Mazda 6 (2009 and later) $8,900


Small SUVs

  • Nissan Rogue (2008 and later) $9,800
  • Ford Escape (2007-2010) $8,700
  • Mazda Tribute (2009 and later) $8,100

Mid-size SUVs

  • Mazda CX-9 (2007 and later) $9,800
  • Ford Edge (2007-2010) $9,600
  • Hyundai Veracruz (2007 and later) $9,600


  • Volkswagen Routan (2009-2011) $8,600
  • Dodge Grand Caravan (2008-2011) $8,200
  • Chrysler Town and Country (2008-2011) $8,200

For a complete list of the best cars for teens visit  iihs.org.

Tips from Tom:

  • Young drivers should avoid high horse-powered vehicles.
  • Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash.
  • Electronic Stability Control is important.
  • At the very least, the vehicle chosen should have the highest safety rating as possible.

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