Advice from Intellichoice: Top 13 Passenger Cars that are Better Purchased Used than New

Intellichoice recommends 13 Passenger cars that have a better value purchased as a used vehicle versus new.

How can I get the best deal on a vehicle? There are many ways to ensure you get a good deal and various factors to be considered before one can answer. We took one approach by analyzing the various factors and have identified vehicles that are better off purchased as a used car versus new. IntelliChoice's used car ownership costs cover the latest three used model years (the most likely years offered as certified under manufacturer pre-owned vehicle programs); however, they are still based on a five-year projection of what a vehicle will cost to own and operate during that time. A vehicle in the most recent used year is assumed to already have 14,000 miles, and so on. Notably, most used vehicles have already taken the heaviest hit on depreciation costs, so many one- to three-year-old models will see that cost level off, while the areas of maintenance and repairs will rise as the vehicle ages. Bottom line, let someone else take the hit on depreciation costs.

Top Passenger Cars Better Value Used Than New

  • 2011 Chevrolet Impala
  • 2010 Chevrolet Malibu
  • 2011 Dodge Caliber
  • 2011 Ford Mustang Convertible
  • 2011 Hyundai Accent
  • 2011 Jeep Compass
  • 2010 Nissan Sentra
  • 2011 Nissan Versa Hatchback
  • 2011 smart fortwo
  • 2010 Suzuki Kizashi
  • 2011 Suzuki SX4 Wagon
  • 2010 VW Beetle
  • 2011 VW CC
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