Consumer Reports has compiled a “Best & Worst Used Cars” list for model years 2003 through 2012 as consumers hold onto their cars longer.
Get the details on CR’s picks for best used cars.
In the $15,000-$20,000 price range the following cars made Consumer Reports’ list of best used cars:
SMALL CARS: 2010-11 Toyota Prius and 2011-12 Hyundai Elantra (sedan)
At 44 mpg overall, the Prius delivers the best gas mileage of any non-plug-in, five-passenger vehicle. The 2010 redesign brought more room, better brakes, and sound but not agile handling. For a more enjoyable driving experience, look for a Hyundai Elantra sedan.
SEDANS: 2011-12 Toyota Camry (4-cyl.) and 2006-07 Infiniti M
Expect impressive 26 to 27 mpg overall with the four-cylinder Camry in addition to a roomy cabin and superb reliability. If a powerful engine and luxurious interior are your passion, opt for the Infiniti M with the V6.
SUVs: 2007-08 Honda Pilot and 2009 Mazda CX-9
The Pilot combines a roomy cabin, good driving dynamics, seating for eight, and respectable fuel economy in a package that isn’t too big to fit in your garage. But road noise is a bit pronounced. The Mazda CX-9 is a more agile alternative with an even roomier third-row seat.