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Best Rated Used Cars – Used cars are a way to buy most American buyers.
About 40 million a year, in fact, far more than double the number of new cars sold each year.
But choosing a good used vehicle is usually not easy if you want to buy a reliable, affordable, and equipped with the latest electronic and security features. There are hundreds of models to choose from each year. Come back 10 years and we talk about, well, a lot.
To help make your life (and shopping) a little easier, we consult Consumer Reports and AS News and World Report for the best used car list to be bought in 2018.
Chances are that between the two sources you will find a reliable car, truck, SUV or minivan to buy – the best value for your lifestyle.
Consumer Reports (CR) has named 36 vehicles in 23 price / segment segments – from less than $ 10,000 to $ 30,000 – as its best used car in 2018, along with other “good choices” in many categories with a total of 46 models. But you better like Toyota, because the manufacturer dominates the top choices of CR, with 20 among the Toyota nameplate and luxury Lexus brands among the top 36 brands, although Honda / Acura, Pontiac, Scion, Infiniti, BMW and Subaru are also represented at List.
US News and World Reports
The US News and World Report take a different approach from its recommendations, down to the ins and outs of ranking in 89 price / segment groupings from less than $ 10,000 to $ 30,000, $ 40,000, $ 50,000, and up. This includes 48 car groups, 35 for SUVs, four for trucks and two for minivans. Ranking, which is based on the US News 10-point rating scale, also includes a strong representation of Toyota and Lexus brands, but spreading a little more wealth.
Here’s an example of how the two reports are different, focusing on an SUV for less than $ 15,000:
Consumer Reports: Honda CR-V 2008-11 Small SUV, with Toyota RAV4 2008-10 listed as a good choice. Acura RDX 2009-10 intermediate SUV, with Lexus RX 2008 is also considered another good choice.
US News and World Reports: Five vehicles, Buick Encore 2013, Encore 2014, MINI Cooper Countryman 2013, SUV subcompact FIAT 500X 2016, and Chevrolet Trax 2014, scored above eight out of 10 possible points. And four vehicles, Honda CR-V 2010, GMC Terrain 2012, Honda CR-V 2011 and Toyota RAV-4 2010 compact SUV, scored nine or better on a 10-point scale.
If your maximum budget for used vehicle purchases is $ 15,000, the strongest competitor seems to be the Honda CR-V 2010 and 2011 models and the Toyota RAV-4 2010 model, all of which are represented in both Consumer Reports and the US. List of news. However, there are also other options that you can consider on the Foreign News list of the best SUVs to buy.
Here’s a complete list of Consumer Reports based on price range and segments:
Below $ 10,000
Complete: Pontiac Vibe 2008-10 and Toyota Matrix 2008-10
Sedan: Mazda6 2009-11
$ 10,000 – $ 15,000
Subcompact: Honda Fit 2013
Brief: Toyota Corolla 2012-2015
Sedan: Acura TSX 2008-11 and Toyota Camry 2010-13
Small SUV: Honda CR-V 2008-11
Medium size SUV: Acura RDX 2009-10
$ 15,000 – $ 20,000
Brief: Toyota Prius 2014-15
Sedan: Honda Accord 2013-15 and Lexus ES 2011-12
Sporty: Scion FR-S 2014-15 and Subaru BRZ 2014
Wagons: Toyota Venza 2010-12
SUV: Toyota RAV4 2011-13 and Toyota 4Runner 2008-09
Pickup: Honda Ridgeline 2008-10
$ 20,000 – $ 25,000
Sedan: Toyota Avalon 2014-15, Infiniti M 2013 and Lexus LS 2011-12
Sporty: Scion FR-S 2016 and Subaru BRZ 2015-16
Wagons: Toyota Venza 2013-14
SUV: Mazda CX-5 2016 and Toyota Highlander 2011-12
Pickup: Toyota Tundra 2010-11
$ 25,000 – $ 30,000
Sedan: Lexus CT 200h 2016 and Lexus GS 2013-14
Sporty: BMW 2 Series 2015-16
Wagons: Toyota Prius V 2017 and Toyota Venza 2015
SUV: Lexus RX 2013-14 and Toyota Sequoia 2011
Pickup: Honda Ridgeline 2013-14 and Toyota Tundra 2012-13
Armed with some of the best information available on used cars, you are ready to shop for local dealers for the vehicles you want to test and which you can ultimately buy.
Finding the right used vehicle is still a challenge, but now it is one that you are ready to meet.
Or, for more help, see our infographic. How I shop for used cars (or new).
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