Best Used Cars for Family and Friends

October 28th, 2015 by

Once again, Consumer Reports has released their list of the “best used cars”.

I love this list. It makes me feel like I’m getting selected information only available to some. Of course, not everyone is interested in this list, but for those of us who enjoy value, we love this list! These days, manufacturers work hard to improve the quality of their product, so these once these vehicles become used, its ensured they can go the extra mile and last well past its first life.  

This best-of list is for those of us who live on a budget but still value quality. Those of us who don’t want to sacrifice cost for comfort. This list provides us with the information we need to go to the car lot and buy the best car for us.

This time, the farthest back we travel is to 2010. Even those five years didn’t see a tremendous amount of changes, these small sedans did see some redesigns and necessary updates. Changes in style, fuel economy and electric range, the most important changes were those in safety features. These cars reflect the best of these changes.

Let’s start by looking at the small sedans in the $10-15,000 range.

Toyota Prius (2010-2013)

red 2013 prius

As the original and iconic hybrid, the Prius as always proved that you don’t need to compromise space or comfort to get amazing gas mileage. Having been redesigned for the 2010 model year, Toyota introduced a quieter engine and made electronic stability control standard equipment. For the money, buyers enjoy their Prius because of the impressive fuel economy, 51 mpg/48 mpg highway/city, high-tech luxury extras and enhanced steering. Passengers love it because of the roomy interior and quiet, comfortable ride and sleek style.

Hyundai Elantra (2013-14)

blue elantra

While Hyundai has affectionately been referred to as the late bloomer, at least they bloomed and the Elantra was a prime example. As a small sedan, the 2013 Elantra has everything that a driver needs to feel comforted, protected and stylish. It’s distinctive styles is one of its main attractions. It’s frugal fuel economy is worthy of mentioning because it still shines in its class, 29 mpg city and a much better 40 mpg highway, it earns a combined 33 mpg.

If you’re one to still want luxury even on a budget, the Elantra is the way to. Offering leather interior, heated front and rear seats, navigation system and rearview camera, Hyundai made it easy to give you the car you prefer to drive. The 2013 Elantra is perfect for a young couple starting or college-bound freshmen with a bit of drive ahead of them.

Honda Civic (2013-14)

2013 civic

The 2013 Civic put itself back on the map with this newly redesigned and refreshed model. Having been the recipient of a sportier look in response to its previous models, this year offered a wide variety of powertrain options to match its new style. Powerful, comfortable and composed, drivers and passenger alike fell for Honda all over again with its sleek design and updated amenities.

It’s fuel economy is normal for its class at 28 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. What sells it best is its driving impressions. Easily one the best drive in this category, the handling is reassuring while the updated suspension and steering are now more appealing.  Honda put itself back on top with the 2013 Civic.