Top Cars for First Time Buyers

See the full list of used cars recommended for first time buyers based on price and safety rating.

Top Cars for First Time Buyers

For young buyers shopping on a budget deciding on the best car can be tricky. Business Insider published a list of the top 15 cars and cross-checked with the Insurance Institute for Highway’s Safety (IIHS) for safety.

  • Honda Civic: 2001 to present: $5k and up
  • Toyota Celica: 1999-2006: $5,500 and up
  • Toyota Tacoma: 1998-2004: $5,9900 and up
  • Ford Mustang: 2005-2014: $6k and up
  • Lexus IS300: 1998-2005: $6,500 and up
  • Honda Fit: 2006-present: $7k and up
  • Toyota Highlander: 2002-2007: $7k and up
  • Honda CR-V: 2002 to present: $7,500 and up
  • Volvo S40: 2004.5-2012: $7,900 and up
  • Nissan Xterra: 2005-present: $8,900 and up
  • Ford Focus: 2012-present: $9,000 and up
  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI: 2011-present: $12,500 and up
  • Mazda MX5 Miata: 2006-2015: $12,500 and up
  • Chevrolet Equinox: 2010-present: $14k and up
  • Acura RL: 2005-2012: $14,500 and up

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