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Safest Used Cars For Teens? Experts Call Mazda CX-5, CX-3, and Mazda6 Best Choices

The Insurance Institute For Highway Safety has announced its Best Choices for the safest used cars for teens. Here's why Mazda's CX-5, CX-3, and Mazda6 are all on its list.


The Insurance Insititute For Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released its rankings of the safest used cars for teens. IIHS is the definitive group for vehicle safety in America and knows which are the safest vehicles since it is the group that does the most rigorous testing. On its new list, three Mazda Models at very affordable price points are Best Choices. An additional, older model is also a Good Choice.

IIHS selected the 2014 model year and newer Mazda CX-5 two-row crossover as a Best Choice in the two-row SUV / crossover category. IIHS says that this model can typically be purchased for less than $11,000. In addition to having won this award for superior safety in the used market, Wheels TV and the New England Motor Press have previously selected the 2013-2014 Mazda CX-5 as its Pre-Owned Vehicle of the Year Award for 2016. It seems that the Mazda CX-5 is a winner not just for safety, but also value and driving pleasure. The 2013 CX-5 was also named a Good Choice by IIHS and is available for under $10,000.

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The compact CX-3 crossover in model years 2016 and newer was also selected as a Best Choice by IIHS. This sporty compact vehicle is available with all-wheel drive and the CX-3 was also chosen as the top crossover overall in a comparison done by the driving enthusiasts at Car and Driver.


The Mazda6 Sedan in model years 2014 and newer was named a Best Choice by IIHS for teen safety and is available for under $9,000. The Mazda6 is a favorite of many enthusiast publications (including Torque News) but also appeals to many practical groups. One such group is Good Housekeeping who selected the Mazda6 for honors recently.

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