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Why Subaru Legacy is the #1 safest car for your teen under $18K

The Subaru Legacy and Outback are two of the safest vehicles under $18,000 according to the IIHS. What makes Legacy the safest vehicle?


According to Forbes, the Subaru Legacy sedan is the number one safest vehicle in America for your teen to be driving. The 2011 and later Legacy models rank the highest of any vehicle in America for receiving top marks in occupant protection from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Subaru Legacy models from 2011 can be found starting as low as $12,670.

Forbes reports that according to data compiled by the IIHS, the Subaru Legacy boasts zero drivers deaths per million registered vehicle years. Legacy has also been favorably rated as a used car by Consumer Reports. Subaru has another vehicle that also made the list at #7 safest, the Subaru Outback wagon.

What other vehicles made the top 12 safest car for your teen list under $18K list? Vehicles on the Forbes list are listed here in order of ranking. Subaru Legacy, Honda Odyssey, Honda Pilot AWD, Chevrolet Equinox FWD/AWD, Ford Flex 2WD, Mazda CX-9 AWD, Subaru Outback, Volkswagen Jetta, Acura TSX, BMW 328i sedan, Buick Enclave 2WD/4WD, Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Why is Subaru ranked so high in safety?

Subaru uses a ring-shaped reinforcement frame to surround the vehicles occupants which absorbs impact energy from any direction in the event of a crash. The Subaru design uses high strength steel that gives superior protection in a crash that enables all their vehicles to keep achieving top safety awards year after year. Subaru has achieved Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Picks seven years running, 2009-2015. According to Forbes, your teen should be driving the all-wheel-drive Subaru Legacy sedan and Outback wagon.

Media source: Forbes