9. 2009 Honda Civic Sedan: $2,970
Next on the list is the economical 2009 Honda Civic Sedan. Like the other cars on this list, it has an impressive array of safety features like front-seat side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and active front head restraints. Thanks to these additions the Civic gets a perfect score from NHTSA in front impact safety, and nearly perfect score for side impact tests (4/5 stars for front passengers and 5/5 for rear). All this means is that you (and your insurance company) can sleep soundly knowing your teen is safe.