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Best and worst used cars according to Consumer Reports

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Josée Paquet
Consumer Reports has just compiled the best and worst used cars and trucks to buy from the 2004-2013 model years (prices in US dollars).

Best used cars under $10,000
Compact cars
  • Toyota Prius (2004-2007)
  • Scion xB (2004-2006)
  • Pontiac Vibe (2005-2008)
  • Toyota Matrix (2005-2007)
Sedans
  • Hyundai Sonata (2007-2008)
  • Acura TSX (2004)
SUVs
  • Toyota Highlander V6 (2004)
  • Mitsubishi Outlander (2007)

Best used cars from $10,000-$15,000
Compact cars
  • Honda Fit (2001-2013)
  • Kia Soul (2010-2011)
Sedans
  • Mazda3 (2009-2012)
  • Infiniti G35 (2006-2007)
SUVs
  • Acura MDX (2004-2006)
  • Toyota RAV4 (2006-2008)
  • Honda CR-V (2005-2008)

Best used cars from $15,000-$20,000
Compact cars
  • Hyundai Elantra (2012-2013)
  • Subaru Impreza (2011-2013)
Sedans
  • Toyota Camry (2011-2012)
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid (2010-2011)
  • Acura TL (2008)
SUVs
  • Lexus RX (2006-2007)
  • Subaru Forester (2009-2010, non-turbo models)

Best used cars from $20,000-$25,000
Sedans
  • Toyota Avalon (2011)
  • Lexus LS (2006)
  • Lincoln MKZ (2011-2012)
  • Ford Fusion Hybrid (2012)
SUVs
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2008-2009)
  • Honda Pilot (2009-2010)

Worst used cars (in alphabetical order)
  • BMW X5 (6-cyl.)
  • Chevrolet Cruze (1.8L)
  • Chevrolet Impala
  • Chevrolet Uplander
  • Chrysler PT Cruiser (non-turbo)
  • Chrysler Town & Country
  • Dodge Caravan
  • Dodge Grand Caravan
  • Dodge Journey
  • Ford Explorer (V6)
  • Ford F-250 and F-350 (diesel)
  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Flex (3.5L EcoBoost)
  • GMC Acadia
  • Lincoln MKT (EcoBoost)
  • Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
  • MINI Cooper S
  • MINI Countryman
  • Saturn Outlook
  • Saturn Relay
  • Volkswagen Beetle and New Beetle
  • Volkswagen Touareg
Source: consumerreports.org
Josée Paquet
Josée Paquet
Automotive expert