Consumer Reports: Best Used Cars Available


Market Watch - March 12, 2013

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.