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Best and Worst Used Cars

March 27, 2014

If you're in the market for a used car, this is one article you will want to read. Consumer Reports recently issued their list of best and worst used cars to own. Their rankings are based on their own performance tests, as well as overall reliability and safety.

On the best list are the likes of the Toyota Matrix, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul, Infiniti G35, and Acura MDX. And on the not-so-great list are the Ford Flex, Lincoln MKT, Mini Cooper S, and Dodge Grand Caravan.

Best Used Vehicles

CategoryVehicleYear Range
LESS THAN $10,000
Small CarsToyota Prius2004-2007
Small CarsScion xB2004-2006
Small CarsPontiac Vibe2005-2008
Small CarsToyota Matrix2005-2007
SedansHyundai Sonata2007-2008
SedansAcura TSX2004
SUVsToyota Highlander V62004
SUVsMitsubishi Outlander2007
$10,000 to $15,000
Small CarsHonda Fit2011-2013
Small CarsKia Soul2010-2011
SedansMazda32009-2012
SedansInfiniti G352006-2007
SUVsAcura MDX2004-2006
SUVsToyota RAV42006, 2008
SUVsHonda CR-V2005-2008
$15,000 to $20,000
Small CarsHyundai Elantra2012-2013
Small CarsSubaru Impreza2011-2013
SedansToyota Camry2011-2012
SedansToyota Camry Hybrid2010-2011
SedansAcura TL2008
SUVsLexus RX2006-2007
SUVsSubaru Forester2009-2010 (nonturbo)
$20,000 to $25,000
SedansToyota Avalon2011-2012
SedansLexus LS2006
SedansLincoln MKZ2011-2012
SedansFord Fusion Hybrid2012
SUVsToyota Highlander Hybrid2008-2009
SUVsHonda Pilot2009-2010

Worst Used Vehicles

Vehicle
BMW X5 (6-cyl.)
Chevrolet Cruze (1.8)
Chevrolet Impala
Chevrolet Uplander
Chrysler PT Cruiser (nonturbo)
Chrysler Town & Country
Dodge Caravan
Dodge Grand Caravan
Dodge Journey
Ford Explorer (V6)
Ford F-250 & F-350 (diesel) Ford Fiesta
Ford Flex (3.5L EcoBoost)
GMC Acadia
Lincoln MKT (EcoBoost)
Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
Mini Cooper S
Mini Countryman
Saturn Outlook
Saturn Relay
Volkswagen Beetle, New Beetle
Volkswagen Touareg

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