Check out the best used car buys, for model years 2005-2010, according to the experts at Edmunds.com.
Recommendations are based on a combination of federal crash testing ratings, cost of ownership and reliability.
Compact Sedan: Hyundai Elantra
Midsize Sedan: Nissan Altima
Large Sedan: Hyundai Azera
Coupe: BMW 3 Series
Convertible: Mazda Miata
Wagon: Pontiac Vibe
Compact SUV/Crossover: Honda CR-V
Midsize SUV/Crossover: Ford Explorer
Large SUV/Crossover: Chevrolet Tahoe
Minivan/Van: Honda Odyssey
Compact Truck: Toyota Tacoma
Large Truck: Ford F-150
Luxury: Infiniti G35/G37
Hybrid: Toyota Prius
Sport Compact: Subaru Impreza WRX
Best used car buy: 2010 BMW 3 SeriesBe sure to get a vehicle history report, which includes repairs, whether the vehicle was part of a rental or corporate fleet, and more, from a service like CarFax.
Many dealers provide this; if not, ask. If you are buying privately, directly from an owner, have an independent mechanic check it out before you sign on the dotted line.
I also recommend certified pre-owned vehicles of any model year.
These normally come with a new car warranty.
They cost more than ‘regular’ used cars, but that’s because of the extra TLC.