Best used 2003 cars are a good choice if you’re looking for inexpensive transportation, a second set of wheels, or a great deal on a more upscale car without having to pay stratospheric new-car prices. Be certain to get any car you’re considering thoroughly inspected by a professional mechanic, and obtain the vehicle history report – before you put down a deposit or buy it outright.

For an idea of the best used 2003 cars, we consulted Consumer Reports “Best and Worst Used Cars.” These are the most reliable models, according to the editors, for model years 2000 to 2009. Here, then, are some used 2003 cars from the Consumer Reports list that you may wish to consider:

Small Cars

  • Honda CivicA Consumer Guide Best Buy, the 2003 Honda Civic, says the magazine, “continues to be the car to beat with a wide range of bodystyles, engines, and equipment” and “is a solid car that has good performance, a nice ride, and a high degree of civility.”
  • Subaru ImprezaRedesigned in 2002, the 2003 Subaru Impreza offers standard all-wheel drive, a variety of sedans and wagons to choose from and, says Edmunds, “is an enjoyable alternative to more mainstream cars.”

Family Cars

  • Honda AccordRedesigned in 2003 and including standard anti-lock brakes, the Honda Accord is both enjoyable to drive and offers good reliability, says Consumer Reports.
  • Mazda Mazda6Launched in 2003, the 2003 Mazda Mazda6 midsize sedan is praised by Edmunds “for its edgy, handsome design and stylish if somewhat low-budget interior,” along with “communicative steering and tight suspension.”

Upscale Cars

  • Infiniti i35Of the 2003 Infiniti i35, Consumer Guide comments: “I35 is a capable near-luxury sedan and well-equipped even without options…It’s worth considering for front-wheel drive fans seeking a middle ground between the sportier Acura TL and the plusher but more-conservative Lexus ES-300.”
  • Volvo S60With a long list of standard safety features, luxurious interior, powerful turbocharged engine in T5 model, available all-wheel drive, and much more, the 2003 Volvo S60, according to Edmunds, “is an established yet unconventional member of the entry-level luxury sedan segment.”

Luxury Cars

  • Acura RLHonda’s luxury brand flagship sedan, the Acura RL, which was revamped in 2002, received only cosmetic updates for 2003 – and is a Consumer Guide Recommended car.
  • Mercedes-Benz E-ClassLong a favorite in the midsize luxury car segment, the 2003 Mercedes-Benz E-Class marked the start of the car’s third generation and, according to Edmunds, offers the trademark Mercedes-Benz solidity, as well as a good mix of comfort, performance, safety, and leading-edge technology.

Sporty Cars

  • Porsche 911For some consumers, only a Porsche will do – and, Consumer Guide remarks: “Desirable enough for their high-performance driving experience, 911s also deliver prestige, build-quality, and proven reliability. You’ll pay plenty, but any 911 is a virtual no-lose long-term investment.”
  • Ford MustangLegendary, and continuously produced throughout its 46-year-plus history (since 1964 introduction), the Ford Mustang – particularly the eight-generation (1999-2004) – “offers a good blend of performance, fun, and affordability,” albeit with “crude handling characteristics” and “cheap interior with an awkward driving position,” says Edmunds.

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