While everybody wants to leave the dealership with the new car or SUV of their dreams, the stark reality is that we sometimes need to settle for the second best – a used model.
With US new vehicle sales going forward on the fast lane, we sometimes forget there are even more millions of customers rooting for their “new” used car. And since the cheaper option usually has inherited risks we have a useful tip – go whenever possible for that “certified” used car. That’s because you’ll get almost all the perks of a new car sale, but at a fraction of the price. Next up, you should go for a reliable car – since the model you’re buying has already endured at least one previous owner. To assist you, here are ten cars with great ratings in that department.
First off we have – all models are in alphabetical order – the model-year 2008 and 2009 of the Acura TL, both getting high marks from Consumer Reports and J.D. Power and Associates owner surveys for long-term durability. Next up, Ford’s popular midsize sedan – the Fusion – in its 2008 and 2009 iteration. If you feel different, you should try the Mercury Milan. Honda CR-V comes next as an entry into the crossover segment, again for the 2008-2009 models. Interested luxury buyers should look no further than the 2008 or 2009 Lexus ES 350. Next up, the same years of the Lexus RX 350. Rooting for some US-made luxury? Go for the Lincoln MKZ (again 2008 and 2009) – it has a stylish design, rich equipment options and a smooth 263-horsepower 3.5-liter V6. Open air lovers know there’s only one choice – the MX-5 Miata. Family lovers of the open outdoor should direct their queries towards the 2008 Toyota Highlander. Green aficionados also have their car of choice – the ubiquitous Toyota Prius hybrid. And finally, for girls or teenagers, we recommend the Toyota Yaris.