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10 Best Cars for Young Drivers, 2013

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Got a high-schooler, college student or new graduate who needs a car? We went shopping for youth-friendly wheels (no Camrys or Malibus) with a value spin. The new and used vehicles we found won’t bust your (or their) budget, and they get high marks for safety and reliability.

All these vehicles received a Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (its crash tests are more extensive than government tests). And all of our picks have stability control and at least six airbags. We used Consumer Reports' used-car verdicts to help choose vehicles with above-average reliability.

Used-car prices are from and assume clean condition and 12,000 miles per year. (Certified vehicles cost more because they are inspected and sold with an additional warranty.) New cars are listed with sticker price, invoice price and True Market Value from Edmunds to give you an idea of negotiating room. Five-year service costs (expected outlays for maintenance and repairs) are from Vincentric.

Be sure to read our tips for buying a new car and getting a deal on a used car in today's market before you head to the lot.

10 Best Cars for Young Drivers, 2013

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