Used Cars: Midsized Sedans Under $20,000 With the Best Fuel Economy
With a microchip shortage limiting new-car production, these reliable, reasonably priced used cars are smart choices
Buying a well-maintained used vehicle can be a smart move, because used cars have gone through the most significant part of their depreciation cycle by the time they’re 5 years old. That means you’ll get many of the modern convenience and entertainment features found in brand-new models but at a significantly lower price.
They were also designed and built recently enough that their performance in our tests—such as those for acceleration, braking, and fuel economy—is still on a par with brand-new cars. But they can be had for thousands of dollars less than new versions.
To help steer you to the best choice, we’ve assembled a list of the six most fuel-efficient 5-year-old nonhybrid midsized sedans. All performed well enough in our tests to be recommended when new. And all have average or better reliability, according to CR’s Annual Auto Surveys, where we ask CR members to tell us about what went wrong with the cars they own.