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Hand-me-down vehicles are not always the best for teen drivers. How to pick a safer car.

Most kids don't get a new car, but experts say you should shy away from the cheap cars, which don't provide safer driving features.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — As a teen, you got your license and you're hoping your new car will be sporty and fun.

What is more realistic, is the family station wagon or minivan. The thinking was, whatever is cheapest because the teen is probably going to hit things with it. Right? But experts say, parents need to think about it differently.

"It's really important to select a vehicle for a teen that will help protect them if they do get in a crash you want them to have as much protection, as you can afford,” said David Harkey, President, IIHS, Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Teenagers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal accident compared to older drivers. Newer vehicles have better technology to help prevent accidents in the first place.

"You want to do skew to that crash avoidance side, what are the features that can keep them out of that crash knowing their judgment isn't there isn't there, how can the car help them be better drivers," said Jennifer Stockburger of Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports teamed up with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to create a list of new and used cars for teen drivers. There are 90 vehicles ranging in price from $6,400 to nearly $40,000. Whoa.

It's not only the price tag you should look at, but the make and model and years. You may be driving one of these vehicles and then you simply hand it down, knowing it scored well in tests. You'll find everything from Mazdas to Hondas and even a Ford Taurus in there. 

The 90 best used cars (and some new ones too!) according to Consumer Reports and the IIHS.