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20 July 2016

16 of the Best Used Cars to Buy Today

Toyouta Prius

1. TOYOTA PRIUS

The second generation Toyota Prius is one of the best used cars to buy on the market today. Toyota addressed many of the short-comings with the first generation o the automobile, and the cabin of the vehicle now features room equivalent to a mid-sized automobile without lengthening the car. The third generation of the Prius debuted in 2010 changing the design of the dashboard and making the driver’s seat height adjustable so taller drivers will be more comfortable in the automobile. Most consumers buy the Prius for its fuel economy which is rated at 51 MPG (city) and 48 MPG (highway), and Toyota has improved the power of the engine to the point that newer models are now rated at 98 horsepower and can go from zero to 60 MPH in 10.0 seconds with a top overall speed of 115 MPH. Prius batteries are rated for a 10 year lifespan, so one should do their homework when buying a used Prius approaching this age.

Toyota-Avalon

2. TOYOTA AVALON

The Toyota Avalon is one of the most established large sedan models of car sold on the American market. It has an established reputation for performance, and is one of the best used cars that consumers can buy. The Avalon features an extremely roomy cabin, and it is extremely quiet when driving at speed on the highway. When shopping across model years for used Avalons, the 2009 model year saw Toyota deploy stability control across all of their sedans to improve overall driver safety, and the 2011 model year saw a number of cosmetic design changes in the vehicle. The Avalon can go from zero to 60 MPH in 6.6 seconds, and its overall fuel efficiency is rated at 30 MPG (highway) and 22 MPG (city).

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3. HYUNDAI ELANTRA

For consumers in the market for a quality used car, the 2007 and newer Hyundai Elantras are worth taking a look. In 2007, Hyundai complete redesigned the auto making it one of the more attractive sedans on the market for drivers looking for a reliable car at an affordable price. In model year 2011, the company went forward with another major design change for the car which expanded the cabin room even further while also incorporating a variety of luxury car features to include heated rear seats and keyless entry and ignition. The Elantra’s fuel economy is above average with a rating of 35 MPG (highway) and 24 MPG (city). The car can go from zero to 60 MPH in a respectable 8.0 seconds with an engine rated at 173 horsepower with a top speed of 123 MPH.

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4. HONDA ACCORD

It seems like the Honda Accord has been sold forever. The Accord is one of the most reliable and best used cars to buy today. The 2008-12 version of the Accord coupe is highly recommended for consumers looking to buy a quality used car that won’t spend a significant amount of time in the shop getting repaired. The four cylinder engine of the car is rated at 190 horsepower, with the V-6 being rated at 271 horsepower. The V-4 versions of the car have a top speed of 126 MPH with a fuel economy rating of 24 MPG (city) and 34 MPG (highway).

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5. FORD FUSION

The Ford Fusion is one of the best midsize sedans on the market for consumers to buy used. The Fusion features a large cabin, an attractive style, and is a very responsive automobile. There are three versions of the car for consumers to choose from to include a V-4, V-6, and hybrid model of the automobile. The hybrid Fusion debuted in model year 2010, while there are first generation models of the car available dating to model year 2007. The hybrid’s overall fuel equivalency is rated at 39 MPGe, while the conventionally powered Fusion is rated at 22 MPG (city) and 31 MPG (highway). The gasoline version of the car’s engine is rated at 240 horsepower and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in 7.3 seconds with a top overall speed of 124 MPH.

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6. HONDA FIT

The Honda Fit is a popular subcompact car, and is one of the best used cars to buy on the market today. The auto was first introduced to the United States in 2007, and it features a unique rear seat design that can be configured to best suit the driver’s needs. When the rear seat is folded down flat, the car has more than sufficient cargo space for the average consumer in model years 2009 and newer. The Fit is powered by a 1.5 liter four cylinder engine that is rated at 130 horsepower. The car can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 8.0 seconds with a top overall speed of 118 MPH. The auto’s fuel efficiency is rated at 29 MPG (city) and 37 MPG (highway).

Volvo-C70

7. VOLVO C70

The Volvo C70 is one of the best convertibles on the market to buy used. With a retractable hardtop, the car is extremely popular with consumers who live in cold weather states, and it only takes a pushbutton to convertible mode in approximately 30 seconds. Similar to other Volvo models, the C70 features a wide range of safety features, and there are several choices in engine type as well as including both automatic and manual transmissions. The car’s fuel economy is rated at 18 MPG (city) and 28 MPG (highway), and the 2.5 liter inline-five cylinder engine is rated at 227 horsepower. Although the car is rated at seating four passengers, the rear seat is extremely cramped for adult seating.

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8. HONDA CR-V

The Honda CR-V has been one of the best used cars to buy on the American market for a number of years. The crossover SUV is both space and fuel efficient, and seats fives passengers. Rated as being easy to drive, the SUV features as much room as many larger SUVs. The four cylinder engine provides more than sufficient power for most drivers, and the CR-V is rated above average when it comes to safety. Honda updated the auto in 2010 to include modern features such as Bluetooth and improved horsepower. The auto’s fuel economy is rated at 27 MPG (city) and 34 MPG (highway) with a top speed of 117 MPH. The CR-V can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 7.5 seconds and is rated at 185 horsepower.

Outback

9. SUBARU OUTBACK

The Subaru Outback has been a popular wagon for consumers for more than 10 years and is one of the top used cars available for purchase. The 2005 to 2009 edition of the wagon was sold with a choice of either a manual or automatic transmission. Subaru also include three choices of engine type in these model years to include a V-4 rated at 170 horsepower, a turbocharged V-4 rated at 243 horsepower, and a V-6 rated at 245 horsepower. Starting in 2010, the company expanded the total amount of passenger and cargo room, but dropped the turbocharged V-4 as an option. The Outback’s fuel efficiency is rated at 20 MPG (city) and 27 MPG (highway) with a top overall speed of 139 MPH.

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10. TOYOTA HIGHLANDER

The Toyota Highlander is a quality midsize SUV that is one of the best used cars to considering buying on the market today. The Highlander first debuted in 2001, and offers drivers a comfortable ride with a large amount of cargo space. The Highlander has made a name for itself when it comes to reliability and low maintenance costs, and all model years come with all-wheel drive. Consumers can choose between the first or second generation of the Highlander, and Toyota provided a choice of either a V-4 or V-6 engine when selling the auto new. Starting in 2008, the company also made the third row in the vehicle standard increasing the overall seating capacity. For those looking for used, hybrid autos, the company also sold a hybrid edition of the SUV starting in the 2006 model year. The Highlander’s engine is rated at 280 horsepower, and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds with a top overall speed of 115 MPH.

Mazda-CX-9

11. MAZDA CX-9

The Mazda CX-9 is a large crossover SUV that is extremely popular to purchase on the used car market. The auto can seat seven passengers, and is rated as being extremely enjoyable to drive. The SUV is powered by a 3.7 liter V-6 engine coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission. The CX-9’s engine is rated at 273 horsepower, and it can go from zero to 60 MPH in 7.6 seconds with a top overall speed of 118 MPH. The auto’s fuel economy is rated at 16 MPG (city) and 22 MPG (highway). The auto is popular with consumers who find SUVs like the Highlander to be lacking is cargo space.

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12. HONDA ODYSSEY

For consumers who need a van but cannot afford to buy a new one, the Honda Odyssey is one of the best used cars to buy on the market today. The vehicle has been one of the top-rated minivans on the American market since 1999, and it is one of the most reliable automobiles on the used car market for the past two decades. The van handles similar to a sedan, and Honda completed a full redesign of the automobile for the 2011 model year. The Odyssey’s fuel efficiency is rated at 19 MPG (city) and 28 MPG (highway) putting it above average when compared to other minivans. The van can go from zero to 60 MPH in 7.7 seconds and it has a top overall speed of 120 MPH while the engine is rated at 248 horsepower.

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13. TOYOTA TACOMA

The Toyota Tacoma is one of the top-rated compact trucks to buy on the used car market today. In addition to a long history of being one of the most reliable pickup trucks on the market, Toyota has produced the truck with a choice between a V-4 or V-6 engine as well as options for short or long truck beds for years. The truck does lag a bit in the fuel efficiency department with an overall rating of 16 MPG (city) and 19 MPG (highway). The Tacoma can go from zero to 60 MPH in just 7.3 seconds, and its stock engine is rated at 236 horsepower with a top speed of 109 MPH.

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14. FORD F-150

The Ford F-150 has been the most popular pickup truck in North America for several decades. It is also one of the best used cars to buy on the market today. There are a large variety of truck body styles and features to choose from the past models years when buying the truck new. Ford has redesigned the pickup several times over the past decade to include featuring more powerful engines in the 2009 model year, and the aluminum body in 2015. Newer editions of the F-150 see decent fuel economy with a rating of 17 MPG (city) and 23 MPG (highway) with a zero to 60 MPH time of just 5.6 seconds. The stock engine in the newer F-150s is rated at 365 horsepower with a top overall speed of 107 MPH

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15. INFINITI G37

The Infiniti G37 was the company’s answer to the popular BMW 3 Series of automobile, and it is one of the top used cars available to buy on the market today. The auto features a roomy cabin, and low maintenance costs making it very appropriate to buy in the after-market. The car is available in coupe, convertible, and sedan body styles, with the sedan being the most popular of the options with consumers. The car is powered by a V-6 engine rated at 328 bhp and 269 lb-ft of torque, and it gets above average fuel economy with a 19 MPG (city) and 27 MPG (highway) overall rating.

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16. FORD MUSTANG GT

One of the top performance cars available on the used car market today is the Ford Mustang GT from model years 2007 and newer. Starting in the later portion of the 2000s, Ford brought a retro-styling back to the popular sports car leveraging past designs from the 1960s. The cars are powered by a V-8 engine with power ratings ranging from 300 to 412 horsepower in these model years. The modern Mustangs are rated at above average when it comes to driving the automobile, and have received accolades as being one of the best series of Mustangs since the early-to-mid 1960s.

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