Consumer Reports just came out with its list of best and worst used cars selected from the past 10 model years from 1998-2007, based on data from Consumer Reports’ 2007 Annual Car Reliability Survey.
Examples of the best used cars include: Toyota Prius, Acura Integra, Infiniti G35, Nissan Altima, Subaru Impreza, Lexus LS, Toyota Highlander, Lexus IS, Toyota RAV4, Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Honda Pilot, Toyota Corolla, Mazda Miata and Honda CR-V
Examples of the worst used cars include:, , , , , (four-wheel drive), GMC S-15 (four-wheel drive), , and (all-wheel drive)
Here’s an excerpt of the article and link to the list on Consumer Reports website:
Reliable models to look for–and troublesome ones to avoid
“Is it time to replace your car? Owners of 27 percent of the vehicles in our latest Annual Car Reliability Survey acquired them used last year, and they’re definitely on to something. Data from our exclusive survey, conducted by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, show that hundreds of used-car models provide good reliability. And they can be safe, fuel efficient, and affordable….Used vehicles are often some of the best values you’ll find because you sidestep the biggest expense associated with buying a new car: depreciation. For example, a seven-year-old Lexus RX SUV, a safe and reliable vehicle that typically costs $40,000 when new, can be found for $12,000 to $14,000…”