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The Best Used Cars To Consider Before Buying New

The Best Used Cars To Consider Before Buying New by STAFF WRITER
Published July 2, 2009
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With the sluggish economy on everyone's mind, finding ways to save money is at the top of most peoples' lists. If you are in need of another car but don't want to spend the money on a new vehicle, there are plenty of great used cars that will provide you with a reliable choice and save you money at the same time. Consumer Reports compiled a list of the best used cars. Below we have summarized the list of best used cars with the best choice first followed by other good choices in each category. No matter what type of vehicle you need, a small car or a large SUV, see the list of best used cars below to begin your research. Once you find the car you want to buy, try our Auto Loan Calculator to see how much your payments might be.

Small Cars

Best Choice: Honda Civic Other Good Choices:

  • Toyota Echo
  • Scion xB
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Matrix
  • Pontiac Vibe
  • Mazda3
  • Mazda Protege
  • Subaru Impreza

Family Cars

Best Choice: Honda Accord Other Goof Choices:

  • Toyota Prius
  • Ford Fusion
  • Mercury Milan
  • Toyota Camry (except '08 V6)
  • Subaru Outback (6-cyl.)
  • Nissan Altima

Upscale Cars

Best Choice: Lexus ES Other Good Choices:

  • Lexus IS
  • Toyota Avalon
  • Acura TSX
  • Lincoln MKZ, Zephyr (FWD)
  • Infiniti G20
  • Acura TL
  • Infiniti I30, I35
  • Infiniti G35 (sedan)
  • Volvo S60
  • Buick Lucerne (V8)
  • Nissan Maxima

Luxury Cars

Best Choice: Infiniti M35 Other Good Choices:

  • Lexus LS
  • Lexus GS (6-cyl., RWD)
  • Acura RL

Sporty Cars

Best Choice: Mazda Miata Other Good Choices:

  • Lexus SC
  • Honda S2000
  • Toyota Camry Solara
  • Acura RSX
  • Toyota Celica
  • Scion tC
  • BMW Z3, Z4
  • Acura Integra
  • Porsche Boxster
  • BMW M3
  • Subaru Impreza WRX/STi
  • Ford Mustang (V6)
  • Nissan 350Z


Best Choice: Toyota Sienna Other Good Choice: Honda Odyssey

Small SUVs

Best Choice: Toyota RAV4 Other Good Choices:

  • Honda CR-V
  • Subaru Forester
  • Mitsubishi Outlander

Midsized and Large SUVs

Best Choice: Honda Pilot Other Good Choices:

  • Toyota Highlander
  • Lexus RX
  • Toyota Land Cruiser
  • Toyota 4Runner
  • Infiniti FX35
  • Acura MDX
  • Infiniti QX4
  • Lexus GX
  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Subaru Tribeca
  • Nissan Xterra (05-08)
  • Toyota Sequoia

Pickup Trucks

Best Choice: Honda Ridgeline Other Good Choices:

  • Toyota Tacoma (05-08)
  • Toyota Tundra
  • Subaru Baja
  • Nissan Frontier (05-08)

Now that you know the best used cars, check out:

Source: Consumer Reports

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