So you want a new car, SUV or truck, but can’t afford one. So buy a used one. But which are the best for value, quality and reliability, including off-road? That’s a question car shopping and research site CarGurus.com answers with its first Best Used Car Awards.
As with new car awards, the top-rated used cars are based on projections of long-term value, including maintenance and repair costs, along with driver satisfaction based on reviews by both owners and automotive experts, including journalists.
The winners may surprise you, since perennial best-sellers like BMW 3 Series, Toyota Camry and Honda Accord don’t make the cut, and there’s nothing from GM, VW, Mercedes-Benz or Lexus on the best used cars list, either.
And ecoXplorer is surprised that there is no best buy category for hybrid/plug-in hybrid, such as the best-selling Toyota Prius, or for a pure electric, such as the BMW i3. Maybe next year.
The 2017 CarGurus Best Used Car Awards recipients are:
1st Place: 2013-2016 Lincoln MKZ
2nd Place: 2012-2016 Audi A3
3rd Place: 2011-2016 Volvo S60
1st Place: 2013-2016 Dodge Dart
2nd Place: 2011-2016 Hyundai Elantra
3rd Place: 2012-2016 Subaru Impreza
1st Place: 2011-2017 Dodge Charger
2nd Place: 2013-2016 Ford Fusion
3rd Place: 2010-2014 Chrysler 200
1st Place: 2007-2016 Jeep Wrangler
2nd Place: 2013-2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek
3rd Place: 2012-2016 Honda CR-V
1st Place: 2010-2016 Toyota 4Runner
2nd Place: 2007-2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited
3rd Place: 2008-2016 Toyota Venza
1st Place: 2013-2016 Hyundai Santa Fe
2nd Place: 2007-2016 Ford Expedition
3rd Place: 2011-2016 Dodge Durango
Methodology: Nominees were evaluated on criteria including CarGurus users’ reviews, professional test drive reviews, and projected 12-year depreciation. The model with the highest overall score was determined to be the winner for each category.
About CarGurus: Founded in 2006 by Langley Steinert, co-founder of TripAdvisor, the site uses technology and market data analysis to help shoppers search more than five million car listings and quickly identify great deals from top-rated dealers in their local area. Today, the site serves 23 million unique monthly users and more than 21,000 car dealerships. CarGurus also has sites in the U.K. and Canada.