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Best used-car deals

Highlighting smart choices among Consumer Reports recommended models

Last updated: December 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 2010-2014 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. 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
2011 Nissan Leaf SL 51,000 $33,720 $14,250 58%
2011 Volkswagen Golf base 51,000 $19,095 $11,950 37%
2011 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring 51,000 $23,310 $15,525 33%
2012 Honda Civic EX-L coupe 40,000 $22,105 $16,675 25%
2012 Mazda Mazda3 s Grand Touring 22,000 $25,150 $20,050 20%

Midsized sedans

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2011 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring 4-Cyl 51,000 $26,820 $15,300 43%
2011 Toyota Camry LE Sdn 4-Cyl 51,000 $22,325 $15,450 31%
2012 Honda Accord EX-L Sdn 4-Cyl 40,000 $27,655 $20,150 27%
2012 Mazda Mazda6 i Grand Touring 4-Cyl 40,000 $27,310 $16,825 38%
2013 Honda Accord EXL Sdn 4 Cyl 22,000 $29,995 $24,950 17%

Small SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2011 Acura RDX SH-AWD   51,000 $34,620 $22,950 34%
2011 Mitsubishi Outlander ES FWD 4 Cyl 51,000 $21,995 $12,875 41%
2012 Nissan Rogue S AWD
40,000 $22,780 $16,975 25%
2013 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport ES 4WD 4 Cyl 22,000 $21,770 $17,450 20%
2013 Nissan Rogue S AWD   22,000 $23,610 $18,675 21%

Midsized SUVs

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2011 Acura MDX Base AWD   51,000 $42,580 $27,050 36%
2011 Honda Pilot EX 4WD   51,000 $32,495 $23,100 29%
2012 Acura MDX Advance AWD 40,000 $52,555 $36,350 31%
2012 Toyota Highlander SE 4WD V6 40,000 $35,300 $28,100 20%
2013 Acura MDX Advance AWD
22,000 $52,905 $39,900 25%

Wagons

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2011 Honda Accord Crosstour EX-L 4WD 6-Cyl 51,000 $34,140 $19,625 43%
2012 Toyota Venza XLE 4-Cyl 40,000 $29,775 $21,700 27%
2013 Toyota Venza LE 4-Cyl 22,000 $27,850 $21,425 23%

Upscale cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2011 Acura TL Base w/Tech Pkg 6-Cyl 51,000 $39,035 $23,250 40%
2011 Infiniti G37 Sport 6-Cyl 51,000 $39,450 $24,700 37%
2011 Lincoln MKZ Base 6-Cyl 51,000 $34,330 $18,450 46%
2012 Acura TL Base w/Tech Pkg 6-Cyl 40,000 $39,335 $25,575 35%
2012 Lincoln MKZ Base AWD 6-Cyl 40,000 $36,535 $21,925 40%
2013 Acura TL Base w/Advance Pkg 6-Cyl 22,000 $41,835 $30,175 28%

Luxury cars

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2011 Mercedes-Benz C300 Luxury AWD 51,000 $37,910 $22,500 41%
2011 Lexus LS 460 Base 51,000 $69,435 $41,575 40%
2012 Infiniti M35h 40,000 $53,700 $32,775 39%
2012 Mercedes-Benz E350 Luxury AWD 40,000 $52,990 $36,200 32%
2013 Lexus GS 450h Luxury 22,000 $59,450 $48,475 18%

Minivans

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2011 Toyota Sienna LE 6-Cyl 51,000 $29,200 $20,200 31%
2012 Toyota Sienna SE 6-Cyl 40,000 $33,440 $25,050 25%
2013 Toyota Sienna LE 6-Cyl 22,000 $30,135 $26,000 14%
2014 Toyota Sienna LE 6-Cyl 11,000 $30,490 $28,975 5%

Pickups

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

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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