Best Deals on Used Family Sedans
Because they are extremely practical and sold in very high volume, the mid-size family sedan offers the best bargains.
With its eye towards "value" and everything that word implies, Consumer Reports recently named a dozen cars in its list of "Best Deals on Used Family Sedans".
Because of the slow-down in new car sales, used cars are in shorter supply and prices have been on the rise.
While this makes them somewhat less of a bargain than they used to be, Consumer Reports still finds them affordable and we have to agree.
Its list of best used sedans includes those it finds reliable while being able to perform well in government and industry crash tests.
The table below shows how the publication placed the vehicles in order of the lowest price you may negotiate when buying from a dealer:
|Vehicle||Mileage||MSRP (new)||Current Price||Price Drop|
|2006 Mazda6 s||75,000||$23,610||$10,525||55%|
|2006 Nissan Altima SL||75,000||$27,400||$12,525||54%|
|2006 Mercury Milan||75,000||$21,345||$9,950||53%|
|2006 Toyota Camry XLE||75,000||$25,805||$13,425||48%|
|2007 Honda Accord LX||47,000||$25,200||$14,250||43%|
|2007 Ford Fusion SEL||47,000||$24,020||$13,825||42%|
|2007 Toyota Camry XLE||47,000||$28,020||$16,975||39%|
|2008 Mazda6 s||36,000||$23,310||$15,425||34%|
|2008 Ford Fusion SE||36,000||$21,810||$14,725||32%|
|2008 Nissan Altima SL||36,000||$28,280||$19,600||31%|
|2008 Toyota Camry LE||36,000||$21,075||$15,400||27%|
|2008 Honda Accord EX||36,000||$25,860||$19,675||24%|
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- Gregg Fidan
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