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Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars

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On: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 at 9:59AM | By: Chris Weiss

Consumer Reports Lists Best And Worst Used Cars

Buying a car, particularly a used model, is a taxing process. Consumer Reports says that it’s getting even harder, thanks to the fact that owners are holding onto their cars longer, resulting in lower supplies. Luckily, Consumer Reports does more than just provide gloomy market forecasts; it makes the buying process a little easier by testing cars and providing recommendations, helping buyers cut through all the market clutter and find what they need. The organization recently released a glimpse at its “Best & Worst Used Cars” list, covering models from 2003 to 2012. The list can serve as a short list of models to shop for or can augment your greater research. 

Consumer Reports’ list covers sedans, SUVs, and small cars in four different price ranges from $10,000 and less to $25,000. Each “best” pick performed well during initial testing, scored above average in reliability during CR’s annual survey, and came standard with electronic stability control.

The 2010-11 Toyota Prius is among the best picks, noted for its high mileage, as well as the increased space and improved braking added in the 2010 model year. Also scoring recommendations are the 2011-12 Hyundai Elantra, 2011-12 Toyota Camry, and 2007-08 Honda Pilot. The 2009 Mazda CX9 joins the Pilot in the recommended SUV category, and CR calls it the more agile option with a roomier third-row seat. The 2006-07 Infiniti M with V6 is another sedan pick.

With so many choices, shopping for a used car can be overwhelming. Our report provides a much-needed cheat sheet that Americans can refer to for help getting the best and most reliable used car that fits their budget, said Rik Paul, auto editor, Consumer Reports.

Used cars that you might want to consider staying far away from, according to the list, include the BMW 7 Series, the Ford Explorer (V6, 4WD), the Honda Civic Hybrid, the Kia Sorento (V6), and the Mini Cooper S. There were 20 worst picks altogether.

Consumer Reports isn’t providing all of the models for free. The full list is available in its April Annual Auto issue at newsstands and ConsumerReports.org.

Another useful part of Consumer Reports’ April Auto issue, the “disappointing dozen” list provides a look at new cars that don’t pass muster.


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