Safe, Reliable Used Cars We Love

    High prices and shortages of new vehicles mean that buying used could be a smart move

    illustration of a used car for sale Illustration: Kiersten Essenpreis

    With inflation and supply shortages, you may want to consider buying a used car for a better selection and lower prices. New models offer the latest in collision avoidance and crash protection features, but 3-, 5-, and even 10-year-old used cars can be safe, too, if you know where to look.

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    To help you find a good used car without having to do your own data dive, we’ve selected standout models from the 2020, 2018, and 2013 model years based on the following criteria:

    • CR’s ratings for performance, reliability, and owner satisfaction;

    • Average or better reliability in our member surveys;

    • Crash protection based on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) moderate-overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests; and

    • Crash test results from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if rated.

    Plus, all the vehicles below earned our recommendation when new. These cars meet very high standards.

    See the complete list of safe, reliable used cars.

    3-Year-Old Used Cars

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    We investigate, research, and test so you can choose with confidence.