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2011 Consumer Reports best cars for teens - Click above for high-res image gallery of the picks

Letting a 16-year-old loose on the world behind the wheel of a couple of tons of metal is a terrifying thought. Statistically, teens are more likely to die in a car accident than by any other means, and, most of the time, those accidents are avoidable.

To make picking a car for your teen easier, Consumer Reports has come up with a list of relatively new, relatively cheap options to keep your kids safe while they bomb around with five of their friends make the commute between school, work and home.

As you may imagine, CR recommends a family sedan that packs in as many modern safety features as you can afford, including stability control, ABS, traction control and side curtain air bags. They eschew trucks and SUVs due to their comparatively poor handling, high centers of gravity and bad gas mileage. Don't even go there with sports cars.

Consumer Reports prime choices are as follows: the Acura TSX, the 2009 and up Ford Focus, the 2007 and up Hyundai Sonata or Hyundai Elantra, 2007 and up Mazda3, 2008 and on Scion xB, and both the 2007 and up Volkswagen Jetta and Rabbit/Golf. Click past the jump for a video of CR's choices.


Gallery: 2011 Consumer Reports best cars for teens



[Source: Consumer Reports]Continue reading Consumer Reports picks best used cars for teens [w/video]

Consumer Reports picks best used cars for teens [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 14 Mar 2011 13:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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I wish I had a TSX when I was 16!. As long as they don't turn it into a rice-mobile like they do it with Civics and TC's, I'm fine with that.
 

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16 yr old youngbullz should stick to civics and their JDM as F phase. Leave the TSX to the real man or woman
 

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I was thinking the same thing, but when they said teens are most likely to die in car accidents and the 1st gen tsx were ranked best resale value in the Sedan category in CNN's "Best Resale Value Cars" in 06, and It received the "Frontal Five Star Rating" from the NHTSA's frontal crash tests and "Best Pick" in a Frontal Impact from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Then ya, for a teen to survive stupid driving.
 
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