In many instances teen car buyers choose cheaper cars, which usually means smaller vehicles. The same is true for parents who buy cars for their kids. But according to IIHS (the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) teens should drive older SUVs for increased safety. The added size and weight of a larger SUV affords greater protection than a smaller car. Older SUVs often include safety features such as electronic stability control too.
The IIHS publishes a list of recommended vehicles for teen drivers, which it updates annually. Obviously, purchase decisions aren’t based solely on safety, but it should definitely be a priority. To read more and view the list, go to: https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/teenagers/qanda#teenagers–general.