The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) 5-Star Safety Ratings Program provides consumers with information about the crash protection and rollover safety of new vehicles, with more stars equaling safer cars. Mercury Insurance recently analyzed vehicles that received five stars to determine which would be the most affordable to insure for teen drivers.
The company examined 2016 model year vehicles for which ratings are available to compile the list, which was created based on the Mercury price for full coverage--liability, comprehensive and collision--in California.
Here is the complete Top 10 list for 2016 vehicles with a 5-Star Safety Rating, beginning with the cheapest to insure:
Honda CR-V LX
Hyundai Elantra GT
VW Golf Sportwagen SW
Honda HR-V EX
"Teenagers are statistically the most likely to be involved in a collision, so it's important for them to be in a vehicle that offers them the most protection if that happens," said Jim Reeves, group manager, R&D for Mercury Insurance. "Mercury's hope for members of our community is that they remain safe, and we're proud to be able to provide them with affordable insurance options to help them do that."