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Top 4 Used Cars to Consider

When buying a used car, the smartest bet is to buy one that is between 3 and 5 years old. That's when a majority of the depreciation has already occurred, and the vehicle can still be expected to last a long time.

This week, Consumer Reports revealed the top 4 used cars they recommend based on reliability, depreciation, and road test results. Their top rated used vehicle is the 2013 Toyota Prius, which retailed brand new at $30,000, but can now be purchased for between $15,825 and $18,650.

See below for the rest of their recommendations.

Top Rated Used Car Recommendations

VehiclePrice When NewCurrent Price Range
2013 Toyota Prius$30,005$15,825$18,650
2012 Toyota Camry$30,015$20,675$22,450
2012 Honda Accord$32,030$19,300$21,300
2011 Toyota RAV4$28,875$19,750$22,150

Other Used Car to Consider

Small Cars
2014 Hyundai Elantra Limited ($16,725-$17,925)
2012 Subaru Impreza ($16,125-$16,750)

Midsized Cars
2013 Kia Optima EX ($16,825-$18,375)
2012 Mazda6 s Grand Touring ($17,250-$19,150)

Luxury Cars
2012 Buick Regal GS ($20,925-$23,050)
2012 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid ($18,325-$20,825)

Sports Cars
2011 Chevrolet Camaro LT ($18,325-$20,100)
2011 Mazda MX-5 Grand Touring ($18,350-$19,825)

Wagons & Minivans 
2014 Mazda5 Grand Touring ($19,000-$21,500)
2013 Toyota Prius V ($18,275-$21,175)

Small SUVs 
2013 Mazda CX-5 Touring AWD ($17,775-$21,150)
2011 Honda CR-V EX-L AWD ($20,650-$22,275)

Midsized SUV
2011 Nissan Murano SV AWD ($20,400-$23,500)

Pickup
2011 Nissan Frontier SV Crew Cab 4WD ($21,300-$23,725)

 

If you're shopping for a new or used car, I recommend you use TrueCar and RydeShopper to quickly see what kind of deals are being offered in your area.






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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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