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Best used-car deals

Save money on Consumer Reports recommended models

Last updated: February 2014

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 2009-2013 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 and their current value, 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. For some car types, this may mean limited diversity in the recommendations, though in all cases, we have focused on balancing the quality of the deal and that of the vehicle.

2010 Infiniti G37

Current price from dealer: $20,850 (original MSRP: $33,250)

The Infiniti G always scored among at the top of the sports sedan class. The V6 drivetrain is a highlight of the car, delivering very strong performance while returning 21 overall. Whether it's in rear- or all-wheel-drive guise, the G37 is very quick and handling is agile and fun. Braking and fit and finish are also impressive, but ride comfort is just OK. Other negatives include a snug cabin and trunk.  Overall reliability is excellent.

Small cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Honda Civic
66,000 $20,105 $13,000 35%
2010 Honda Fit
51,000 $15,700 $11,100 29%
2011 Subaru Impreza
40,000 $18,995 $16,325 14%
2012 Toyota Corolla
22,000 $17,910 $14,550 19%
2013 Mazda3
11,000 $17,550 $15,200 13%

Family cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Ford Fusion
66,000 $19,035 $9,200 52%
2010 Honda Accord
51,000 $24,630 $16,025 35%
2011 Mazda6
40,000 $27,080 $15,525 43%
2012 Nissan Altima
22,000 $22,570 $15,475 31%
2013 Toyota Camry
11,000 $22,680 $20,125 11%

Small SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Honda CR-V
66,000 $23,495 $16,800 32%
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander
51,000 $22,240 $12,375 44%
2011 Nissan Rogue
40,000 $22,060 $15,550 30%
2012 Subaru Forester
22,000 $26,595 $22,400 16%
2013 Toyota RAV4
11,000 $24,700 $22,825 8%

Midsized SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Acura MDX
66,000 $40,990 $24,375 41%
2010 Honda Pilot
51,000 $32,345 $21,600 33%
2011 Mazda CX-9
40,000 $34,535 $25,300 27%
2012 Toyota Highlander
22,000 $28,090 $25,675 9%
2013 Lexus GX460
11,000 $58,590 $55,650 5%

Wagons

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Pontiac Vibe
66,000 $16,100 $9,450 41%
2010 Toyota Matrix 51,000 $17,510 $12,075 31%
2011 Scion xB
40,000 $16,950 $14,200 16%
2012 Scion xB
22,000 $17,250 $15,700 9%
2013 Honda Accord Crosstour 11,000 $27,230 $19,900 27%

Upscale cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Acura TSX
66,000 $29,160 $16,775 42%
2010 Infiniti G37 51,000 $33,250 $20,850 37%
2011 Lexus IS 250 40,000 $35,775 $27,825 22%
2012 Lincoln MKZ
22,000 $36,535 $23,550 36%
2013 Lexus IS 250
11,000 $35,065 $33,750 4%

Luxury cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Acura RL
66,000 $46,680 $23,850 49%
2010 Infiniti M35
51,000 $47,950 $24,775 48%
2011 Lexus GS 350
40,000 $48,850 $35,550 27%
2012 Lexus LS 460 22,000 $69,935 $54,575 22%
2013 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 11,000 $53,500 $46,975 12%

Minivans

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Toyota Sienna LE 66,000 $26,065 $15,200 42%
2010 Toyota Sienna XLE
51,000 $29,725 $22,450 24%
2011 Toyota Sienna Ltd
40,000 $38,800 $29,725 23%
2012 Toyota Sienna LE 22,000 $29,700 $24,775 17%
2013 Toyota Sienna SE
11,000 $33,725 $29,600 12%

Pickups

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2009 Honda Ridgeline
66,000 $28,200 $17,175 39%
2010 Toyota Tundra
51,000 $33,115 $25,600 23%
2011 Toyota Tacoma
40,000 $20,220 $18,475 9%
2012 Honda Ridgeline
22,000 $29,350 $24,825 15%
2013 Honda Ridgeline
11,000 $30,195 $27,100 10%

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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