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You probably already know that a new car begins to lose value the minute you drive it off the dealer's lot. So why would you buy one, anyway? There are some good reasons, of course. Maybe you want the latest safety and connected technology, or you just like the idea of a new product with no unknown history. Maybe you revel in that new-car smell and the joy of driving off in a whip you've researched, compared, desired, and worked hard to own.
But make no mistake: A new car's value plummets in the early days and years of ownership. Savvy buyers know that there's money to be saved — often nearly 50% or more — by choosing a used car that's just a few years old.
If that sounds like your style, you're in the right place. We've compiled a list of today's best used cars, broken down into specific categories. It's important to note that we focused on models sold new in the 2016 model year since these vehicles are likely to be coming off lease today and entering the used-car marketplace.
How did we pick them? To make the cut, each of our used cars needed both a strong rating from our test team experts and a solid consumer rating based on our plentiful consumer reviews. We also combed through Edmunds' robust nationwide transaction data to determine how much you can expect to save by buying used compared to a new model of the same vehicle. Because let's be real — when it comes to used-car shopping, price is paramount. But saving less up front generally means a better resale value down the road, so that's another factor to consider.
Best Used Cars
Utility vehicles have become so popular that it's easy for regular used cars to get lost in the shuffle. That's a shame, because cars have so much to offer, whether you're looking at tried-and-true family sedans or versatile hatchbacks and wagons. You can even opt for a hybrid, plug-in-hybrid or fully electric used car, and there are plenty of used luxury cars that might now be in your price range. It's a great time to be a used-car shopper, so let's get started.
Best Used Sedans
Forget what you've heard. Sedans aren't dead; they're not even dying. They're just no longer the shiny new objects thanks to today's countless SUV variants. But really, a lot of drivers don't like to sit so high. And a lot of them still like trunks.