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IIHS And CR Say Subaru Forester, Outback, Legacy Are Best New Cars For Teens

What cars are the best for teen drivers? The IIHS and Consumer Reports say the 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy are the best new car choices.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and Consumer Reports have just updated their best new and used cars for teen drivers' recommendations. The 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy are picked as the best new cars.

The IIHS picks cars that help avoid collisions and have the best crash tests, and Consumer Reports looks at reliability and road-test performance. The cars and SUVs are best for anyone looking for a new vehicle. You can see the complete list of models here.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback
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The 2021 Subaru Forester compact SUV, 2021 Subaru Outback wagon, and the 2021 Subaru Legacy sedan are recommended best for teens because young drivers have crash rates almost four times higher than older drivers. The three Subaru base models on the list do not cost more than $28,000, including destination.

Cars were also chosen because of their weight (over 2,750 pounds) which rules out the smallest vehicles, which tend to be most vulnerable. Cars also must have standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking and must be Top Safety Pick or better from the IIHS. They also should have five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback
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What is the price of a 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy?

The 2021 Subaru Forester starts at $25,845, 2021 Subaru Outback is $27,845, and 2021 Subaru Legacy $23,820. All come standard with Subaru's Symmetrical all-wheel-drive and Subaru's EyeSight driver-assist technology. Prices include destination and delivery fees.

How safe are Subaru vehicles?

Subaru's vehicles with standard Symmetrical all-wheel-drive excel in all-weather driving, but the brand is also known for its exceptional crash protection and safety record. Forester, Outback, and Legacy models are all IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus winners.

Why do the Subaru models excel in Consumer Reports road test scores?

The 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy use a Boxer engine, bringing a unique quality called balance that sets the models apart from the competition. Scientifically, balance is the body's ability to maintain its center of gravity above its support base.

No other automaker offers a flat-four Boxer engine in all its vehicles. The horizontally-opposed design allows the engine to sit low in the chassis lowering the center of gravity, giving the SUV excellent balance and the best driving dynamics. A driver can make a mistake in a Subaru vehicle and not get hurt because they tend to be more stable than other cars and sport utility vehicles.

2021 Subaru Forester, 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, 2021 Subaru Outback

The best used vehicles for teens

The IIHS and Consumer Reports also picked the best used vehicles for teens. The 2016 or newer Subaru Forester (small SUV), 2013 or newer Subaru Outback (midsize car), 2017 or newer Subaru Crosstrek (small car), 2019 Impreza (small car), and 2013 or newer Legacy (midsize car) are best used vehicle picks.

The 2021 Subaru Forester, Outback, and Legacy are the best new car choices for teens, according to IIHS and Consumer Reports. You can check out each model's road test scores here.

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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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