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Best Bang for Your Buck Used Cars

If you're looking to buy a used car on a specific budget, and you want the best bang for your buck, check out this article from Consumer Reports.

They compiled the best used cars (reliable, affordable, and equiped with modern safety features), for each budget. See the list below.

Under $10,000

Compact Cars
Pontiac Vibe 2008-2010
Toyota Matrix 2008-2010

Other good choices:
Kia Soul 2010-2012
Mazda3 2009-2012
Scion xB 2008-2012
Toyota Corolla 2008-2011
Toyota Prius 2008-2009

Mazda6 2009-2011

Other good choices:
Honda Accord 2008-2009
Toyota Camry 2008-2009


Subcompact Cars
Honda Fit 2013

Compact Cars
Toyota Corolla 2012-2015

Other good choices:
Kia Soul 2013-2015
Mazda3 2013-2014
Toyota Prius 2010-2013

Acura TSX 2008-2011
Toyota Camry 2010-2013

Other good choices:
Acura TL 2008-2010
Acura TSX 2008-2011
Honda Accord 2010-2012
Infiniti G 2008-2010
Infiniti M 2008
Lexus CT 200h 2011
Lexus ES 2008-2010
Lexus GS 2008
Mazda6 2012-2013
Toyota Avalon 2008-2011

Small SUVs
Honda CR-V 2008-2011

Other good choices:
Toyota RAV4 2008-2010

Midsized SUVs
Acura RDX 2009-2010

Other good choices:
Lexus RX 2008


Compact Cars
Toyota Prius 2014-2015

Other good choices:
Kia Soul 2016
Mazda3 2015-2017
Scion xB 2015
Toyota Corolla 2016-2017

Honda Accord 2013-2015
Lexus ES 2011-2012

Other good choices:
Acura TL 2013
Acura TSX 2012-2014
Infiniti G 2011, 2013
Infiniti M 2011
Lexus CT 200h 2012-2013
Lexus GS 2010-2011
Lexus LS 2008
Mazda6 2014-2015
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2010-2011
Toyota Avalon 2012-2013
Toyota Camry 2014-2015

Scion FR-S 2014-2015
Subaru BRZ 2014

Toyota Venza 2010-2012

Other good choices:
Toyota Prius V 2013-2014

Toyota RAV4 2011-2013
Toyota 4Runner 2008-2009

Other good choices:
Acura RDX 2012
Honda CR-V 2012-2014
Mazda CX-5 2013-2015
Lexus RX 2009-2010
Toyota 4Runner 2008-2009
Toyota Highlander 2008-2010
Toyota Sequoia 2008

Honda Ridgeline 2008-2010

Other good choices:
Toyota Tundra 2008


Toyota Avalon 2014-2015
Infiniti M 2013
Lexus LS 2011-2012

Other good choices:
Honda Accord 2016-2017
Infiniti M 2011-2012
Lexus CT 200h 2014-2015
Lexus ES 2013-2014
Lexus LS 2009-2011
Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2012-2013
Mazda6 2016-2017
Toyota Avalon 2014-2015
Toyota Camry 2016-2017
Toyota Prius 2016

Scion FR-S 2016
Subaru BRZ 2015-2016

Toyota Prius V 2015-2016

Other good choices:
Toyota Venza 2013-2014

Mazda CX-5 2016
Toyota Highlander 2011-2012

Other good choices:
Acura RDX 2013
Honda CR-V 2015-2016
Lexus RX 2011-2012
Toyota 4Runner 2010-2011
Toyota RAV4 2014-2016
Toyota Sequoia 2010

Toyota Tundra 2010-2011

Other good choices:
Honda Ridgeline 2011-2012


Lexus CT 200h 2016
Lexus GS 2013-2014

Other good choices:
Lexus ES 2015
Lexus LS 2015
Toyota Avalon 2016-2017
Toyota Prius 2017

BMW 2 Series 2015-2016

Toyota Prius V 2017
Toyota Venza 2015

Lexus RX 2013-2014
Toyota Sequoia 2011

Other good choices:
Acura RDX 2014-2015
Honda CR-V 2017
Toyota 4Runner 2012-2013
Toyota Highlander 2010
Toyota RAV4 2017
Honda Ridgeline 2013-2014
Toyota Tundra 2012-2013

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