The Best & Safest Used Cars for Teenagers

5 great used cars for teenagers side by side from Toyota, Ford, Chevy and Honda

When it comes to finding a used car for your lovable teen, you want to make sure they are safe. That's priority number one when picking a first vehicle. That's why Phil Long Dealerships always stocks high-quality used vehicles you would feel good about driving yourself so you feel comfortable giving it to your teenager. Let's take a look at some used car options covering safe used cars, cheap used cars, reliable used cars, and used cars with great mpg that are all ideal for teenagers.

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Safe Used Cars for Teenagers

In just the past few years, several vehicles have rated as a Top Safety Pick + from the IIHS. Among one of our favorites is the Toyota RAV4, but you have other options to choose from as well. Consider the Volkswagen Passat, Chevrolet Impala, Mazda CX-5, Chevrolet Equinox, Honda Accord or the Toyota Tundra. These were all highly rated in terms of safety. The Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Tundra have a suite of safety features to put your mind at ease such as lane tracing assist, road sign assist, pre-collision assistance with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, and land departure alert with steering assist. 

The Chevy Equinox has 6 dual stage advanced airbags located all throughout the entire interior cabin of the vehicle along with enhanced traction and stability controls to tackle any weather or terrain. Most Honda cars, including the Honda Accord, come standard with Honda Sensing® which is Honda's intelligent suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies. These safety technologies include CMBS™ (collision mitigation braking system), RDM (road departure mitigation system), ACC (adaptive cruise control), LKAS (lane keeping assist system), TSR (traffic sign recognition), and even more on newer used models from 2018 and up. It's a no-brainer to see why the IIHS awarded these vehicles with a Top Safety Pick accolade. 

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Affordable Used Cars for Teens

If you prefer to find one of the cheapest used cars for teenagers, there are still many options available that are still safe rides. Shopping at our dealerships is the best option available because you don't know what you are getting from a private party. Look for used Kia Spectra, Hyundai Sonata, Nissan Murano, Chevrolet Malibu or Ford Explorer models if you want something low-cost that's still reliable.

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Reliable Used Cars for Teenagers

Reliability goes beyond looking for a car that is safe; you also want something with quality materials and mechanics that hold up over time. The Toyota RAV4 received high-reliability ratings alongside its high safety ratings, but it's not the only model worth looking at. Other reliable used cars with notable safety ratings include the Lexus RX, Acura TSX, Honda CR-V, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Sequoia and the Honda Accord.

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Used Cars with Great Gas Mileage

Hybrid eco decal emblem seen on the side of Honda hybrid cars

If you want the best used car for your teen that also has great fuel economy, there are plenty of options available to you. Consider the Ford Fusion, Mazda3, Ford Fiesta, Toyota Prius and Honda Insight. These used cars year after year put up very impressive mpg ratings. The Prius ranks high for reliability as well. 

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How to Get the Best Prices on Used Cars

The key to finding the best used cars for teens at a reasonable price is to do your research. Know what vehicle you want to buy and what it is worth. Shop around until you find the dealership offering reasonable prices like Phil Long Dealerships always do. If you are paying with cash, you don't need to worry about financing. If taking a loan is the plan, then check your credit score and make any corrections you can to ensure the best interest rate. Put as large of a down payment on the vehicle as you can to reduce the amount you pay in financing. Evaluate all of the loan terms because you'll often pay less to take a shorter loan than a longer one. 

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Used Cars for Sale in Colorado Springs

Once you are ready to purchase a used car for your teenager, it's time to visit Phil Long Dealerships with 2 locations completely dedicated to selling used cars at Phil Long Valucar Motor City and Phil Long Valucar Academy. To make the process go as smooth as possible, bring your driver's license and insurance card with you. If you plan to get financing, we also need to see your pay stubs, proof of residency, and list of references. Whether you want a low-cost, budget-friendly car or a current certified pre-owned vehicle, we guarantee the selection you need.

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