SANTA MONICA, Calif.—Finding a quality used vehicle takes a lot of effort. The folks at Edmunds.com did some of the leg work in compiling this list of the top 15 best bets for a used vehicle.
Vehicles ranging from two to seven years old were judged against reliability, safety, value and availability.
The list includes 11 makes, with Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota each contributing two models a piece.
The top vehicles, ordered by segment, include:
Compact Sedan: 2005-2010 Hyundai Elantra
Midsize Sedan: 2005-2010 Nissan Altima
Large Sedan: 2006-2010 Hyundai Azera
Coupe: 2005-2010 BMW 3 Series
Convertible: 2005-2010 Mazda Miata
Wagon: 2005-2010 Pontiac Vibe (a clone of the Toyota Matrix, which is assembled at Toyota’s Cambridge, Ont. plant.)
Compact SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Honda CR-V (built in Alliston, Ont.)
Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Ford Explorer
Large SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
Minivan/Van: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey
Compact Truck: 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
Large Truck: 2005-2010 Ford F-150
Luxury: 2005-2010 Infiniti G35/G37
Hybrid: 2005-2010 Toyota Prius
Sport Compact: 2005-2010 Subaru Impreza WRX