The old idea of buying a used car brings to mind a fast-talking salesman pushing a lemon of a car on an unsuspecting buyer.
While those relics still exist, most used cars are as dependable as a new car. GM, Toyota, and the other automakers don’t want anyone having a bad experience with their cars and are taking an increased interest in who and how their used cars are being sold.
If you always buy used or are interested in a car outside your price range, take a look at our list of the top used cars. All of the cars on our list were built in the last 8 years, so you won’t need to be a mechanic to keep them running. We rate the cars on criteria that was relevant when they were new like performance and design along with criteria specific to a used car like reliability and expected price. Take a look!
Go to far back and you’ll end up with a Malibu that lags behind its competition on just about all fronts. But if you find one made within the last eight years, you’ll end up with a midsize sedan that has found its way into the hearts of many American car buyers. A slick look and good-for-the-class balance of ride quality and handling are highlights. And though you won’t be able to find a 2011 Malibu with a navigation system, the interior material and features list is on par with most rivals. If you prefer a car with good acceleration look for a Malibu with the 3.6-liter V-6 instead of the 2.4 four-cylinder. The 2011 edition can usually be had for under $15,000.