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Best and Worst Used Cars
March 27, 2014If 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
|LESS THAN $10,000|
|Small Cars||Toyota Prius||2004-2007|
|Small Cars||Scion xB||2004-2006|
|Small Cars||Pontiac Vibe||2005-2008|
|Small Cars||Toyota Matrix||2005-2007|
|SUVs||Toyota Highlander V6||2004|
|$10,000 to $15,000|
|Small Cars||Honda Fit||2011-2013|
|Small Cars||Kia Soul||2010-2011|
|SUVs||Toyota RAV4||2006, 2008|
|$15,000 to $20,000|
|Small Cars||Hyundai Elantra||2012-2013|
|Small Cars||Subaru Impreza||2011-2013|
|Sedans||Toyota Camry Hybrid||2010-2011|
|SUVs||Subaru Forester||2009-2010 (nonturbo)|
|$20,000 to $25,000|
|Sedans||Ford Fusion Hybrid||2012|
|SUVs||Toyota Highlander Hybrid||2008-2009|
Worst Used Vehicles
|BMW X5 (6-cyl.)|
|Chevrolet Cruze (1.8)|
|Chrysler PT Cruiser (nonturbo)|
|Chrysler Town & Country|
|Dodge Grand Caravan|
|Ford Explorer (V6)|
|Ford F-250 & F-350 (diesel) Ford Fiesta|
|Ford Flex (3.5L EcoBoost)|
|Lincoln MKT (EcoBoost)|
|Mini Cooper S|
|Volkswagen Beetle, New Beetle|
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