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Best Used Cars for Teens

When it comes to choosing a vehicle for your teen driver, there are a number of important factors to consider – budget, safety features, and body type, just to name a few. While most parents would love to buy a brand new car jam-packed with the latest safety technology, most families just can’t afford to buy a brand-new car for their teen. In fact, 83% of parents who bought their teen a vehicle bought it used, according the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


There are four major factors to consider when shopping for a used car for your teen. First, skip sports cars and powerful vehicles boasting large amounts of horsepower; that’s just asking for trouble. Second, think big. Bigger, heavier vehicles are safer than small, lightweight vehicles – it’s just a matter of physics. Next, electronic stability control is a must. Most modern cars feature ESC, but if you’re looking at cars more than five years old, make sure they have this life-saving safety feature. Finally, the car you choose should have the best possible safety ratings, both in government and IIHS testing. went ahead and did the heavy lifting for us. Here are the top picks for used cars under $20,000:


  • Large Cars – Saab 9-5 sedan (2010 and later).
  • Midsize Cars – ToyotaPrius v (2012 and later).
  • Small SUVs – Honda CR-V (2012 and later).
  • Midsize SUVs – Volvo XC60 (2010 and later).
  • Large SUVs – Buick Enclave (2011 and later).
  • Minivans – Chrysler Town and Country (2012 and later).


Here at Dan Pfeiffer Plainfield Used Cars, we want to help you find a reliable, dependable, and safe used car for your teen driver. Stop by to see our wide selection of vehicles that your teen will love…and you will feel good about!

Saab 9-5 Toyota Prius v Honda CR-V Volvo XC60 Buick Enclave Chrysler Town & Country
Best Used Cars for Families
When you’re shopping for cars good for families, you probably have a few things in mind, like space, safety, and price. There are many cars out there that fit the bill, but the list gets smaller if you’re looking for a used car, because some cars hold their value better than others. So check out our list of recommended used cars for your family.

Honda Odyssey
When thinking about family cars, a minivan has no doubt crossed your mind as a good purchase for a big family. And when it comes to minivans, the Honda Odyssey pretty much has it all. It seats 7 and has tons of trunk space, so soccer practices and vacations will be easy to maneuver.

And if you buy a 2014-or-later Odyssey, you can behold the wonders of the built-in HondaVac and vacuum out all of the crumbs with the greatest of ease. Parenting Magazine even called it the car with the coolest new features!

Ford Escape
If you’re looking for something a little smaller, take a look at one of Ford’s most popular vehicles – the Ford Escape. This crossover is great because it provides the handling of a smaller car while providing plenty of room in the back seat for the kids.

Since this car is on the smaller end of the spectrum, you’ll also enjoy great fuel economy. Three cheers for saving at the pump!

Chevy Tahoe
Parenting Magazine ranked the Chevy Tahoe as the Safest Family Car, saying “With features like crash imminent braking, side blind zone alert, and a rear backup camera, you can feel confident you are toting your tots securely.”

The Tahoe also has lots of cargo space and great towing capability for your camper.

Come see all of these great family vehicles, plus many more at Dan Pfeiffer Plainfield Used Cars!
Honda Odyssey
Ford Escape
Chevy Tahoe
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