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Best used-car deals

Highlighting smart choices among Consumer Reports recommended models

Last updated: October 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 Toyota Camry

Current price from dealer: $12,775 (original MSRP: $21,900)

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 Mazda Mazda3 69,000 $17,105 $10,200 40%
2010 Toyota Corolla 69,000 $16,850 $10,525 38%
2011 Honda Fit 40,000 $19,240 $14,400 25%
2012 Toyota Corolla 33,000 $17,910 $13,625 24%
2013 Mazda Mazda3 20,000 $20,350 $16,025 21%

Midsized sedans

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Toyota Camry 69,000 $21,900 $12,775 42%
2011 Mazda Mazda6 40,000 $26,820 $16,050 40%
2012 Ford Fusion 33,000 $28,760 $17,975 38%
2013 Honda Accord 20,000 $27,995 $22,775 19%
2014 Ford Fusion 11,000 $30,500 $26,825 12%

Small SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Nissan Rogue 69,000 $20,340 $11,900 41%
2011 Toyota Rav4 40,000 $25,460 $18,500 27%
2012 Nissan Rogue 33,000 $22,780 $16,100 29%
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander 20,000 $20,370 $16,375 20%

Midsized SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Acura MDX 69,000 $42,230 $25,225 40%
2011 Honda Pilot 40,000 $29,645 $21,325 28%
2012 Acura MDX 33,000 $42,930 $29,800 31%
2012 Toyota Highlander 33,000 $35,300 $28,775 18%
2013 Toyota Highlander 20,000 $30,245 $27,350 10%

Wagons

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Honda Accord Crosstour 69,000 $34,020 $18,300 46%
2011 Kia Soul 40,000 $18,495 $14,450 22%
2012 Toyota Venza 33,000 $36,465 $25,700 30%
2013 Toyota Venza 20,000 $39,020 $31,300 20%

Upscale cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Lincoln MKZ 69,000 $34,115 $16,900 50%
2011 Acura TL 40,000 $39,035 $25,275 35%
2012 Infiniti G37 33,000 $40,600 $28,275 30%
2012 Lincoln MKZ 33,000 $34,645 $23,050 33%

Luxury cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Lexus GS 350 69,000 $45,000 $28,400 37%
2011 Mercedes-Benz C Class 40,000 $37,910 $25,150 34%
2012 Infiniti M35h 33,000 $53,700 $34,600 36%
2012 Mercedes-Benz E Class 33,000 $52,990 $38,775 27%
2014 Mercedes-Benz E Class 11,000 $54,400 $50,200 8%

Minivans

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Toyota Sienna 69,000 $24,540 $15,325 38%
2011 Toyota Sienna 40,000 $29,200 $21,525 26%
2012 Toyota Sienna 33,000 $33,440 $26,325 21%
2013 Toyota Sienna 20,000 $30,135 $26,375 12%
2014 Toyota Sienna 11,000 $30,490 $28,975 5%

Pickups

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2010 Toyota Tundra 69,000 $25,655 $14,600 43%
2011 Toyota Tundra 40,000 $23,935 $17,450 27%
2012 Honda Ridgeline 33,000 $29,350 $23,575 20%
2012 Toyota Tundra 33,000 $30,350 $19,675 35%
2013 Toyota Tacoma 20,000 $22,605 $20,375 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.

To get detailed pricing on a used car or for vehicle comparisons, subscribe to our ConsumerReports.org Cars Best Deals Plus and used car price reports.

   

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