Consumer Reports recommends buying used cars as a way for consumers to get the biggest bang for their buck. However, picking out a good used car isn’t easy.
It has compiled a list of reliable, affordable, and safe used cars for model years 2005 through 2014 to help consumers find the best small car, sedan, or SUV.
Highlighted are the best small cars, sedans, and SUVs in four price ranges: from $10,000 or less up to $25,000. Each performed well in Consumer Reports’ testing when new and had above-average reliability for the model years shown, based on Consumer Reports’ Annual Auto Survey. All models came standard with electronic stability control unless otherwise noted.