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Best Luxury SUVs for Teens for 2024

These are the best luxury SUVs for teens based on iSeeCars’ analysis of each vehicle’s reliability, resale value and safety.

The best luxury subcompact SUV for teens is the BMW X1 (8.9 / 10 safety score), with the BMW X3 being the best luxury small and compact SUV for teens (10 / 10 safety score). The Lexus RX 350 ranks #1 for the best luxury midsize SUVs for teens (8.4 / 10 safety score).

The best luxury crossover SUV for teens is the BMW X3 (10 / 10 safety score) and the best luxury hybrid SUV for teens is the Lexus UX 250h (9.0 / 10 safety score). Topping the list for the best luxury electric SUVs for teens is the Audi Q4 e-tron (9.0 / 10 safety score), while the BMW X3 ranks first for the best luxury 5-seater SUVs for teens (10 / 10 safety score).

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How We Rank These Cars

The best cars for teens rank vehicles by their iSeeCars Safety Score, which is based on the latest safety ratings from IIHS and NHTSA, as well as safety features focused on providing parents with peace of mind.

With safety as the number one factor in identifying the best cars for teens, iSeeCars considered only cars with a NHTSA crash test rating of 4 or better and a IIHS Top Safety Pick or better, and excluded large trucks and SUVs, minivans, and sporty cars and cars with high horsepower. For each vehicle, we also display an iSeeCars Score.

iSeeCars Score is an analysis of three factors: reliability, resale value and safety. It is calculated based on the latest research and analysis by our data science team. The data analysis comes from over 12 million new and used vehicles in our Longest-Lasting Cars and 5-Year Depreciation Studies, combined with NHTSA and IIHS Safety Ratings.

Vehicles are scored in three categories:

Reliability | 33.3%

The reliability score represents an analysis of iSeeCars' proprietary research on the longest-lasting vehicles.

Value Retention | 33.3%

The value retention score is based on our data science team's statistical analysis and prediction of 5-year depreciation from MSRP to determine which cars hold their value best, using US Bureau of Labor Statistics data to adjust for inflation.

Safety | 33.3%

The safety score is calculated based on the last five years of crash test ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and incorporates the latest Top Safety Pick information from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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