More Americans than ever are purchasing used cars as opposed to newer models. Our wallets definitely like the change, but there’s no denying the thrill of driving off the lot in a brand new car. New car owners also suffer the immediate depreciation that their car hits the moment it can be considered “used.” Is there a way to both experience the thrill of a new car, but the cost of a used one?
Here are the 10 best-used cars. All these cars are inexpensive and reliable, and they also look and make you feel like you’re in a new model.
#10 The 2009 BMW 3-Series combines both German dependability and contemporary styling. With a 3.0L straight 6 and a limited top speed of 135 mph, this 7-year-old sport sedan is more than adequate for the average buyer.
#9 The second generation Scion tC is a fun small coupe that combines peppy nimbleness and Japanese reliability. Despite being 6 years old, the tC still looks brand new.
#8 The 2007 Mercedes C-Class is an absolute steal. With it’s silky smooth 3.0 L V-6 and a lovely 5-speed automatic transmission, this car is perfect for a high mile driver. And for less than $8000 too…
#7 If you’re looking for something more sporty, this is the car for you. The Hyundai Genesis Coupe combines both tight handling and Korean reliability. The 2.oT i4 or NA 3.8 liter v6 propel the Genesis to 60 in 6.4 or 5.7 respectively.
#6 The Infiniti G35 was the underappreciated rival to the 3-series. If you’re looking into a 3-series, but aren’t completely sold on the german reliability, the Japanese Infiniti is a great alternative.
#5 While competing to the Nissan Cube and Scion xB, the Kia Soul is the clear winner. It’s the most stylish, the peppiest, and keeps its value the best. The interior volume is comparable to small crossovers, but the visibility and fuel economy are far superior.
#4 For those who are more interested in a more sensible option, but would still like a little more luxury than a comparable Accord or Altima, the Acura TSX is the perfect option. Based on the seventh-generation Accord, the Acura TSX has plenty of get-up-and-go while being solid as a rock.
#3 The second-generation Toyota Sienna is the perfect car for families who need a practical family hauler but don’t want an SUV or an American Minivan like a Grand Caravan or Town and Country. The 3.5L v6 produces 215 horsepower and is available in front or all-wheel-drive.
#2 The Honda Fit (1st-generation) is the ideal commuter car. Similarly sized to a Ford Fiesta, the Fit has a 1.5L inline 4, something the Ford only wishes to possess. Also being a Honda, reliability is sublime.
#1 Yet another sports sedan, and again from Japan. The Lexus IS -either the 250 or 350- Unlike the earlier Infinities, the Lexus is available with all-wheel-drive. This is especially useful for those of us who live in colder climates with snow. With low mile, 1 owner examples running mid to high teens in terms of price, the Lexus IS should definitely live at the top of any car consideration list.