best used cars

best used cars

Best Used Cars

Based on KBB’s price trend forecast of all used cars, Kiplinger has put together a list of the best used cars for your money right now. The list takes into consideration used cars that are ‘two and four years old that scored well for performance, value and safety in Kiplinger’s ranking when they were new — and have proven reliable since.’
best used cars 1

Best Used Cars

If you’re planning to buy a used car, our rankings highlight the best used cars for every budget. You can also read used car reviews, check used car values and find used cars for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»
best used cars 2

Best Used Cars

slide-3397973 Image Credit: Chrysler 2005 Dodge MagnumThe Dodge Magnum was one of the cars that gave enthusiasts hope in the early aughts. We suffered through two decades with few legitimate muscle cars, and then the Magnum rolled onto the scene. Yes it was a wagon, but it had powerful engines, beefy styling and rear-wheel drive. Sounds like legit muscle cred to me. Remember, in 2004 when the Magnum launched (as a 2005 model), rear-wheel drive was going the way of the dinosaurs in mainstream cars. The Magnum, which was followed by the Charger and then the Challenger, helped prop up a feature that’s near and dear to enthusiasts. Besides, if you’re looking to actually use this as regular used car, then the wagon is more practical than the other Dodges. According to online estimates, it’s a little tight to get a Magnum at less than $5,000, but it can be done. You’re probably talking about a 3.5-liter V6-equipped model, but that’s still potent with 250 hp. That was a lot back then, and it’s still respectable. Yes, the interior is dated, but you’re getting a lot of car that offers a lot of fun, and still plenty of practicality. – Greg Migliore (Senior Editor) Research More Find Dodge Magnum Accessories Research the Dodge Magnum OverviewMore Photos New and Used Dodge Magnums Get a Local Quote GO
best used cars 3

Best Used Cars

The Dodge Magnum was one of the cars that gave enthusiasts hope in the early aughts. We suffered through two decades with few legitimate muscle cars, and then the Magnum rolled onto the scene. Yes it was a wagon, but it had powerful engines, beefy styling and rear-wheel drive. Sounds like legit muscle cred to me. Remember, in 2004 when the Magnum launched (as a 2005 model), rear-wheel drive was going the way of the dinosaurs in mainstream cars. The Magnum, which was followed by the Charger and then the Challenger, helped prop up a feature that’s near and dear to enthusiasts. Besides, if you’re looking to actually use this as regular used car, then the wagon is more practical than the other Dodges.
best used cars 4

The Best Used Cars For Every NeedDrop-top, band van, luxury wheels, or basic transportation: There are great used cars of every stripe out there, but you’ve got to be careful. So we asked some pro mechanics what they would buy. (And if you are going to buy one, first use PopMech’s Used Car Checklist app, a 101-point inspection guide.)
best used cars 5

slide-3847357 Image Credit: Honda 2009-2013 Honda FitThis list needs a hatchback. The Fit is not only supremely practical and great in the city, but it manages to be a pretty entertaining drive. The second-gen cars barely make it under the five-grand cap, and the ones that do will have a decent amount of miles on them, but these things are pretty reliable and tend to be well taken care of. First-gen cars, sold from 2007 to ’08, have the same Magic seat setup, which allows you to reconfigure the back seat and cargo area in a ton of useful ways. There are few everyday chores a Fit can’t handle. Plus, it’s kind of cute. – David Gluckman (Editorial Program Manager) Research More Find Honda Fit Accessories Research the 2009 Honda Fit OverviewSpecs and PricingMore Photos New and Used Honda Fits Get a Local Quote GO
best used cars 6

There have never been more reliably-made cars across the board than in the last decade. It’s one reason (besides the recession) why Americans are keeping their cars longer. Still that doesn’t mean every used car on the road with 100,000 miles is created equally. (Unfortunately, when excitement goes up, reliability often ebbs. You can’t get a Ferrari to be as trouble-free as a Civic. Sorry, that’s life.)
best used cars 7

This list needs a hatchback. The Fit is not only supremely practical and great in the city, but it manages to be a pretty entertaining drive. The second-gen cars barely make it under the five-grand cap, and the ones that do will have a decent amount of miles on them, but these things are pretty reliable and tend to be well taken care of. First-gen cars, sold from 2007 to ’08, have the same Magic seat setup, which allows you to reconfigure the back seat and cargo area in a ton of useful ways. There are few everyday chores a Fit can’t handle. Plus, it’s kind of cute. – David Gluckman (Editorial Program Manager)
best used cars 8

After my hand-me-down Crown Victoria station wagon limped its way into the automotive graveyard about ten years ago, it was time for my first proper car purchase. The budget was set at $5,000 and the siren’s call of a mid-’90s V6 Camaro RS proved too much for a freshly minted 20-year-old college student to pass up. Needless to say, I’d do things a bit differently now. As many of my colleagues have pointed out, five grand can afford you a lot of car. Responsible buyers might consider a used small or midsize sedan with a reliable reputation like the Toyota Corolla or Camry. Either would be a great choice, if a bit uninspired. While I’ve matured since that misguided six-cylinder purchase of my youth, I admit I’d still look to squeeze some fun out of our budget. It may take a bit of searching and negotiation, but for my money I’d go with a well-loved Jeep Wrangler with about 100,000 miles on the odometer. In many ways, a Wrangler is the perfect vehicle for my home state of Michigan: unrivaled 4×4 capability for snowy winters and top-free fun for humid summers. Sure, the ride is rough, but if you can find a Jeep TJ for the price, you’ll be riding a comparative coil-spring cloud over earlier YJ models. Of course, what makes Wrangler a truly great used vehicle isn’t its ride or reliability, rather its rugged good looks that only improve with age. By my estimation, there aren’t many cars that actually look better with a tear in the seat or some rust on the rocker panel, but a Wrangler wears its welts with distinction. An SUV, convertible and icon, all in one? I’m sold. Research More Find Jeep Accessories
best used cars 9

Drop-top, band van, luxury wheels, or basic transportation: There are great used cars of every stripe out there, but you’ve got to be careful. So we asked some pro mechanics what they would buy. (And if you are going to buy one, first use PopMech’s Used Car Checklist app, a 101-point inspection guide.)
best used cars 10

We dug through years of test data and hundreds of thousands of survey responses to find the 30 best used cars for under $30,000. We’ve made it easy for you to find a solid choice: Just determine your budget and choose a vehicle from the list below. Each one performed well in our road tests when it was new and has above-average reliability for the model years shown. In addition, each vehicle has electronic stability control as a standard or optional feature—indicated in the charts under “ESC Opt. From” and “ESC Std. From.”
best used cars 11

Between lease returns and the popularity of the Camry, Fusion and Sonata as rental cars, you should have plenty to choose from. (That’s right, consider buying a used rental; it can be a good deal.)
best used cars 12

A few years ago, some of these models from a showroom may have set you back $50,000, but depreciation has made them more attainable. When it comes to savings, used cars not only are less expensive from the get-go but can also cost less in taxes. And surveys show that these models have many years of reliable service still ahead.
best used cars 13

Of course, even for used cars we recommend, there can be outliers—maybe a former owner didn’t care much for car maintenance, or there was a problem at the factory the week the car rolled off the line. Before you buy, make sure to pay for a thorough inspection by a certified mechanic so there are no surprises down the road.
best used cars 14

We’ve priced it here with the 2.5-liter engine, which we think best pairs with the automatic transmission that most will want. But if you really want the sporty edge, the 3 is one of the few cars that you can get with an honest-to-god manual transmission — though only with the 2.0-liter motor.
best used cars 15

The midsize sedan category is ultracompetitive, and that has produced some really, really good cars. If you’re looking for four doors and a trunk, give a close look to the Ford Fusion and Hyundai Sonata as well. Resale prices for the Camry, Fusion and Sonata are very close, but the nod goes to the Toyota for its stellar reliability record. We picked the SE model for the sporty edge it lends to a car that often gets dubbed an “appliance.” The extra bling should also help keep you from getting flagged as an Uber driver.

Published on May 11, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
please edit your menu