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Best Sedans for Teens for 2024

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

The best small and compact car for teens is the Mazda Mazda3 Sedan (10 / 10 safety score), with the Honda Accord being the best midsize car for teens (10 / 10 safety score). The Toyota Prius (hatchback) ranks #1 for the best hybrid cars 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:


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

Value Retention

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.


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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