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Top cars for teens: These new and used vehicles rated best

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On the one hand, you no longer have to drive them places. On the other hand, driving is dangerous. So how do you pick the right first car for your teen? 

Buying a car for your kid is a big deal. Not only will it have a pronounced and long-lasting effect on your wallet, but your choice directly influences your child’s safety on our wild roads. Picking a good one is imperative, so that’s why guides like the one from U.S. News and World Report are helpful: They take some of the guesswork out of the equation.

The U.S. News and World Report list, published in August, is broken down into two sections: new and used. To qualify for the used list, a vehicle needs to have been built between 2015 and 2017 and have the right blend of affordability, reliability, crash test results and safety features.

The list is broken down into price categories in $5,000 increments ranging from under $20,000 to $40,000 and also breaks it out into cars and SUVs.

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