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New study breaks down what cars teens should be driving

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For most teens, their first car is used, but often times those older cars don't have modern features to keep them as safe as possible.

A new study breaks down what cars teens should be driving.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash-tested dozens of used cars to find out how safe they are. They also ranked them in price. Click here to see the full report.

Experts said there are several choices for used cars under $6,000, and you want to look for a car that's equipped with electronic stability control.

The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is one of 95 vehicles recommended for teenage drivers, and it costs less than $20,000.

"We used to steer parents away from SUVs because they had a tendency to roll over but with the advent of electronic stability control that tendency has really been reduced," said Anne McCartt, IIHS senior vice president for research.

Other recommended vehicles for teens is the Volvo S80 (2007 and later). For mid-size cars, the 2011 and later Dodge Avenger is a good choice.

For small SUVs, IIHS says the Hyundai Tucson (2010 and later) is an option and the Honda Pilot (2006 and later) is recommended as a mid-size SUV.

Experts say when shopping for a vehicle, buyers should ask if the car has side airbags and look for vehicles with the best safety ratings.

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