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Scion tC leads USAA's Top 10 for Teens list

USAA's list, where Scion tC leads, judged vehicles based on cost, safety and reliability.

USAA has just published a new survey titled the Top 10 for Teens List, which details the best cars for adolescent drivers. In order to choose the best vehicles for teens, the USAA surveyed parents to discover the factors they consider most important. The results indicated that parents were primarily concerned about reliability (81 percent), safety rating (73 percent) and auto insurance affordability (62 percent). USAA then took this information to identity the top 10 USAA Preferred and Best Value vehicles possessing similar characteristics.

"As a parent, I know how challenging it can be to feel confident in the car your teen drives, especially if it's a much older model," said Lauren Fix, Automotive expert of The Car Coach. "USAA's Top 10 for Teens list gives parents a place to start their search for a new vehicle that gets top marks in the areas they care most about — reliability, safety and reasonable insurance costs."

USAA’s Top 10 for Teens list:

1. Scion tC
2. Nissan Cube
3. Honda Fit
4. Scion xD
5. Scion xB
6. Toyota Yaris
7. Honda Civic
8. Hyundai Elantra
9. Honda CR-Z (hybrid)
10. Kia Forte

Even though there are pre-owned versions of the ten vehicles available USAA argues that newer vehicles are preferable due to their safety features. 2012 standard safety features like Electronic Stability Control and mandated air bags edge out older models despite the greater cost. "You can always tint windows and add seat covers," said Fix. "You can't add ESC or air bags."


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