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Best used-car deals

Highlighting smart choices among Consumer Reports recommended models

Last updated: June 2015

A late-model used car can be one of the best values you'll find when buying a car. With relatively low mileage, modern safety and convenience features, and usually a much lower price than similar new vehicles, these used cars are in the sweet spot of auto deals.

We've scoured through the used car options and put together this list of best deals on 2010-2013 vehicles in a variety of categories. Each of the vehicles featured are models recommended by Consumer Reports. In making these selections, we focused on models that show the greatest depreciation from their original retail price, then culled the list to just those vehicles that meet our stringent criteria to be Recommended, including good performance in our tests, average or above safety scores, and average or better reliability. The final selections highlight desirable configurations with standout depreciation. For most cars, there are similar savings on other variations, as could be seen in detail on the model pages. Due to the tough criteria for selection, diversity is limited for some car types.  

2011 Toyota Camry

Current price from dealer: $15,450 (original MSRP: $22,325)

Known for its dependability, the Toyota Camry is an attractive used-car purchase. Generally speaking, the V6 models depreciate a little more than the four-cylinder models (about 2 percent). However, the four-cylinder versions are plentiful, more fuel efficient, and cost less to purchase and maintain. We got 26 mpg overall with the four in 2010, aided by a six-speed automatic transmission. The freshening for the 2010 model year helped the Camry improve its standing among midsized sedans, with a composed ride, secure handling, and quiet, spacious cabin.

Small cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Honda Civic DX sedan, auto 66,000 $16,455 $11,150 32%
2010 Honda Civic Hybrid sedan, auto 66,000 $23,800 $13,300 44%
2010 Honda Fit navi, auto
66,000 $19,110 $12,150 36%
2010 Mazda3 s, auto 66,000 $19,985 $12,600 37%
2010 Volkswagen Golf 5-cyl., auto 66,000 $18,720 $10,650 43%
2011 Honda Civic EX-L sedan, auto
51,000 $21,955 $15,375 30%
2011 Mazda3 i Touring sedan, auto 51,000 $18,950 $12,800 32%
2011 Nissan Leaf SL
51,000 $33,720 $14,250 58%
2012 Honda Civic LX sedan, auto
40,000 $18,805 $15,075 20%
2012 Honda Fit navi, auto
40,000 $19,690 $15,600 21%
2012 Mazda3 s Touring, auto 40,000 $22,100 $15,975 28%
2012 Toyota Corolla LE, auto 40,000 $17,910 $14,900 17%
2013 Volkswagen Golf 5-cyl., auto 22,000 $19,095 $15,250 20%
2013 Volkswagen Golf TDI, auto 22,000 $25,335 $20,575 19%
2013 Honda Civic EX-L coupe, navi, auto
22,000 $23,765 $19,975 16%
2013 Honda Fit, navi, auto
22,000 $19,790 $17,600 11%

Midsized sedans

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Honda Accord EX-L, auto
66,000 $26,830 $16,750 38%
2010 Mazda6 V6, auto 66,000 $24,565 $14,650 40%
2011 Honda Accord EX, auto 51,000 $24,905 $17,975 28%
2011 Mazda6 i Grand Touring, auto
51,000 $26,820 $15,300 43%
2011 Toyota Camry LE, auto
51,000 $22,325 $15,450 31%
2012 Ford Fusion SEL 40,000 $25,300 $16,575 34%
2012 Honda Accord EX-L, navi, auto 40,000 $29,855 $20,950 30%
2012 Mazda6 i Touring Plus, auto 40,000 $24,730 $15,600 37%
2012 Toyota Camry L, auto
40,000 $22,055 $17,125 22%
2013 Honda Accord EX-L, navi, auto 22,000 $29,995 $24,950 17%
2013 Toyota Camry L 22,000 $22,235 $19,575 12%

Small SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Acura RDX SH-AWD   66,000 $34,520 $20,475 41%
2010 Honda CR-V LX AWD 66,000 $22,795 $15,350 33%
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander ES AWD
66,000 $22,240 $12,250 45%
2010 Nissan Rogue S AWD 66,000 $21,540 $14,150 34%
2011 Acura RDX SH-AWD 51,000 $34,620 $22,950 34%
2011 Honda CR-V LX AWD 51,000 $21,695 $16,125 26%
2011 Nissan Rogue S AWD 51,000 $22,060 $15,600 29%
2011 Toyota RAV4 V6 4WD
51,000 $25,460 $18,400 28%
2012 Acura RDX SH-AWD 40,000 $34,895 $26,750 23%
2012 Nissan Rogue S AWD 40,000 $22,780 $16,975 25%
2012 Toyota RAV4 V6 4WD 40,000 $26,085 $20,950 20%
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander ES AWD 22,000 $21,770 $17,450 20%
2013 Nissan Rogue S AWD 22,000 $22,310 $17,125 23%

Midsized SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Acura MDX Base AWD   66,000 $42,230 $23,950 43%
2010 Lexus GX 460 66,000 $51,970 $35,300 32%
2010 Toyota Highlander SE 4WD 66,000 $33,930 $23,875 30%
2011 Acura MDX Base AWD 
51,000 $42,580 $27,050 36%
2011 Honda Pilot LX 4WD 51,000 $29,645 $20,525 31%
2011 Lexus GX 460 51,000 $53,045 $38,700 27%
2011 Toyota Highlander SE 4WD 51,000 $34,750 $27,075 22%
2012 Acura MDX Base AWD 40,000 $42,930 $30,075 30%
2012 Honda Pilot LX 4WD 40,000 $30,220 $22,800 25%
2012 Toyota Highlander SE 4WD 40,000 $35,300 $28,100 20%
2013 Acura MDX Base AWD, with Tech 22,000 $46,955 $36,250 23%
2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid 4WD 22,000 $40,170 $32,125 20%

Wagons

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L 4WD V6 66,000 $34,020 $18,125 47%
2010 Kial Soul Sport
66,000 $18,195 $13,000 29%
2010 Pontiac Vibe AWD 66,000 $20,275 $11,625 43%
2010 Toyota Matrix S AWD
66,000 $20,910 $13,750 34%
2010 Toyota Venza
AWD 4-cyl.
66,000 $27,725 $18,700 33%
2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L 4WD V6 51,000 $34,140 $19,625 43%
2011 Toyota Venza AWD 4-cyl. 51,000 $27,925 $20,100 28%
2012 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L 4WD V6, navi 40,000 $36,640 $24,550 33%
2012 Toyota Venza LE AWD 4-cyl. 40,000 $28,875 $20,900 28%
2013 Toyota Venza LE AWD 4-cyl. 22,000 $29,300 $22,350 24%
         

Upscale cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Acura TL Base w/Tech Pkg   66,000 $38,835 $21,050 46%
2010 Acura TSX V6
66,000 $34,850 $20,000 43%
2010 Infiniti G37 sedan 66,000 $33,250 $19,825 40%
2010 Lincoln MKZ   66,000 $34,115 $16,375 52%
2011 Acura TL Base w/Tech Pkg 51,000 $39,035 $23,250 40%
2011 Acura TSX V6 51,000 $32,710 $21,575 34%
2011 Infiniti G25 51,000 $30,950 $19,525 37%
2011 Lexus CT 200h Premium 51,000 $30,900 $22,400 28%
2011 Lexus IS 350 51,000 $41,030 $26,850 35%
2011 Lincoln MKZ 51,000 $34,330 $18,450 46%
2012 Acura TL Base w/Tech Pkg 40,000 $39,335 $25,575 35%
2012 Acura TSX V6 40,000 $35,350 $25,575 28%
2012 Infiniti G25 40,000 $32,400 $23,225 28%
2012 Lexus IS 350 40,000 $40,220 $29,125 28%
2012 Lincoln MKZ 40,000 $36,535 $21,925 40%
2012 Volvo S60 T5
40,000 $31,300 $22,275 29%
2013 Acura TL Base w/Tech Pkg 22,000 $39,635 $28,550 28%
2013 Infiniti G37 22,000 $41,500 $28,300 32%

Luxury cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Lexus GS 450h 66,000 $56,550 $30,225 47%
2010 Lexus LS 460
66,000 $64,680 $35,050 46%
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury AWD 51,000 $37,910 $22,500 41%
2011 Mercedes-Benz E350 Luxury AWD 51,000 $51,900 $31,950 38%
2012 Infiniti M35h 40,000 $53,700 $32,775 39%
2012 Lexus LS 460
40,000 $67,630 $50,600 25%
2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 Luxury AWD 40,000 $52,990 $36,200 32%

Minivans

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Toyota Sienna LE   66,000 $26,065 $16,125 38%
2011 Toyota Sienna LE 51,000 $29,200 $20,200 31%
2012 Toyota Sienna LE 40,000 $29,700 $22,525 24%
2013 Toyota Sienna Limited 22,000 $40,105 $34,050 15%

Pickups

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Honda Ridgeline RT 66,000 $28,450 $18,875 34%
2010 Toyota Tundra Base Reg 4WD 66,000 $28,705 $16,675 42%
2011 Honda Ridgeline RT 51,000 $28,900 $21,475 26%
2011 Toyota Tundra Base Reg 4WD 51,000 $29,130 $18,275 37%
2012 Honda Ridgeline RT Crew 4WD 40,000 $29,350 $23,600 20%
2012 Toyota Tundra Base Reg 4WD 40,000 $30,350 $19,875 35%
2013 Toyota Tundra Base Reg 4WD 22,000 $30,550 $21,550 29%

Continue your research by comparing ratings, reliability, reviews, fuel economy, performance, and much more (available to subscribers). For a list of the most reliable used cars covering ten model years, see our best and worst used cars report.

   

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