If you have a teenage driver, you might want to read U.S. News & World Reports ranking of The 5 Most Dangerous Cars for Teens. Using crash test results by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, and by looking at what automotive experts have written about today’s popular cars, US News created a short list of cars that they would not recommend parents purchase for young drivers.
Every year between 5,000 and 6,000 teenage drivers are killed in automobile accidents. In fact, car accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers. Given those statistics, it’s great to have the U.S. News report. What I like about their report is that they provide an alternative to each car they pan that is safer but still delivers the same cachet for the teen driver.
List of Dangerous Cars for Teenagers:
- Smart Fortwo –has poor safety data, especially in side crashes. A safer alternative is the Mini Cooper.
- Volkswagen New Beetle — has blind spots and poor side impact crash results. A safer alternative is the VW Rabbit.
- Mitsubishi Eclipse — looks sporty but it has poor visibility and blind spots. A safer alternative is the Scion tC.
- Jeep Wrangler — has marginal scores in side impact crashes and performs mediocre in rollover tests. A safer alternative is the Honda CR-V.
- Chevrolet Aveo — has mixed crash test results and also does not provide safety equipment like side curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes. A safer alternative is the Suzuki SX4.
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