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Top 5 cars for teens (November 2018)

Roadshow logo Roadshow 11/30/2018 Brian Cooley
a car parked in a parking lot: A 2005 Volvo XC90 is an amazing pick for a teenage driver's car: Big, safe, cheap and too fast.© Volvo A 2005 Volvo XC90 is an amazing pick for a teenage driver's car: Big, safe, cheap and too fast.

Parents and teens agree on little, perhaps least on what car a kid should have. I'm here to settle those arguments with a clear, logical list of the five best cars for teens based on IIHS rankings for safety, size, tech and estimated cost. Kids, I can tell you right now you're not going to like what Uncle Cooley's about to lay on you, but at least you'll be alive to curse me out. I'll take that.

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5. 2011 Ford Flex ($8,700)

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Ouch. It's gonna be super uncool rolling up to school in this slab-sided thing but I'm giving you the gift of physical fitness: You'll need to ditch your Flex a mile from school and walk in. Via back streets. Wearing a balaclava.

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4. 2013 Ford Fusion ($8,100)

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Since this is an iconic rental car, you can convince friends and haters it's actually your Hertz ride while your BMW M3 is being restored. You can sell that line of bull for about a year, then you'll need to get an M3 or get out of town.

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3. 2013 VW Passat ($6,600)

2013 Volkswagen Passat© IZMO 2013 Volkswagen Passat

At least this is a VW, a car with some enduring cool. But it's a Passat, so that level of cool isn't very high. We gave this car a miserable 5.5 rating when it was new, mostly for its horrendous cabin tech. You're gonna rip that out and drop in a bargain CarPlay head unit anyway. 

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2. 2007 Volvo S80 ($3,900)

2007 Volvo S80 2007 Volvo S80

You'll be safe as hell in this car, but your reputation will be on life support. An old S80 screams "grandpa's car," which might actually be your out: Just say gramps died and you inherited this thing but, remember, if he comes to graduation, it's all blown.

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1. 2005 Volvo XC90 ($3,700)

a car parked in a parking lot: A 2005 Volvo XC90 is an amazing pick for a teenage driver's car: Big, safe, cheap and too fast.© Volvo A 2005 Volvo XC90 is an amazing pick for a teenage driver's car: Big, safe, cheap and too fast.

It's the oldest, biggest, cheapest thing on our list and safer than working at a bubble wrap store. But at least I got you into an SUV, right? And old Volvos have always been cool in an old, uncool way. This one tests that theory, hard. 

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