What's the very first feature to look for when shopping for a used car? Reliability. Of course, choosing a used car you love to pull out of the carport on a sunny afternoon comes in a close second. Today, I've put together a list of used cars known for their reliability along with other desirable features. If you're in the market, take a look!
- Honda Fit: The 2012 Honda Fit is a popular choice because it gets 28 mpg for city driving and 35 mpg for highway driving. This vehicle's rear seats can be rearranged to accommodate people, groceries, etc. It has power windows and locks as well as cruise control.
- Saturn Outlook: This vehicle gets 17 mpg on city roads and 24 mpg on the highway. The 2009 model handles well and can accommodate eight people. Its six-speaker audio system isn't too shabby, either!
- Lexus RX 350: If you want a Lexus but aren't willing to lay out the cash for the latest model, the 2009 is a reliable bet. It gets 14 mpg for city driving and 18 mpg on the highway. And it has a plush, elegant interior that many buyers appreciate. It's an SUV that handles like a car!
- Toyota Tacoma: Are you truck-shopping? If so, a 2008 Toyota Tacoma may be the choice for you. It gets 16 mpg on city roads and 20 mpg on highways. You can find either rear- or all-wheel drive and seating for up to five passengers. It's a useful truck that can serve your hauling needs.
- Hyundai Genesis: This reliable vehicle has achieved excellence in its safety ratings and has a luxurious interior. The 2009 model gets 18 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. It's compatible with Bluetooth and offers satellite radio, too.
- Toyota Avalon: The second Toyota on our list has rear reclining seats for comfort on trips and excellent safety ratings. The 2010 model gets 18 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
- Ford Fusion: This sporty vehicle has excellent fuel economy, getting up to 23 mpg for city driving and 34 mpg on the highway. The 2010 model has a sleek appearance and an unexpected amount of space in the trunk. I think this is a plus for anyone who needs a lot of storage space but prefers to drive a sedan.
- Pontiac G8: Find a Pontiac G8 2008 or 2009 model and you've found a treasure. The Pontiac G8 was only offered for those two years before Pontiac shut down. Many drivers appreciate the power of this sedan: It goes from 0 to 60 mph in 5.3 seconds. It gets 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway.
- Acura RL: The Acura RL from 2008 gets 16 mpg for city driving and 24 mpg on the highway. It has an excellent safety rating that takes into account its unique braking system that reduces the force of a collision.
- Toyota Sienna: Are you thinking of getting a minivan? The 2010 Toyota Sienna has a comfortable interior, seating for eight, and lots of room for groceries. The mileage is 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.
- Infiniti FX: The 2007 model of this SUV gets 17 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway. The vehicle handles well and has spacious front seats.
- Buick LaCrosse: The 2011 model of this sedan has good fuel economy, with 19 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Its interior is similar to a luxury car, and the vehicle boasts excellent safety ratings.
- GMC Yukon: The 2007 model of this SUV with a V8 engine gets 16 mpg on city roads and 22 for highway driving. It can accommodate from five to eight passengers.
- Toyota Prius: The 2011 Toyota Prius hybrid is known for its fuel economy. It gets 51 mpg for city driving and 48 mpg on the highway. This vehicle has an average amount of cargo space and excellent safety ratings.
- Honda Civic: A reliable, sporty vehicle with remote keyless entry, power windows, cruise control, and other desirable features, the 2012 model has great fuel economy, coming in at 29 mpg for city driving and 41 mpg on the highway.
Used Cars to Avoid
- Ford Fiesta: Ford Fiestas from 2011 to 2014 experienced many issues reported by owners. Some of those issues related to the transmission, the body of the vehicle, and its audio system.
- Fiat 500: This sporty vehicle has experienced many issues, especially in models made between 2012 and 2015. Specifically, there were complaints about the 2012 model relating to poor brake performance as well as suspension and power equipment problems.
- Nissan Pathfinder: Models for 2013 and 2014 rank among the least reliable vehicles out there, with the 2013 models alone experiencing nine different recalls to address major safety issues.
I hope this information makes your days of tire-kicking a little bit easier. Thanks for reading. - Alan