Consumer Reports: Best used cars
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
Buying a used car is a great way to save money, but you can lose those savings if the car isn't reliable.
Consumer Reports says you should look hard look at maintenance costs before buying a used car .
"We broke down our data to look at three and ten year old vehicles," said Consumer Reports' Jon Linkov. "The three-year-old models are a little more expensive, but they'll have the latest safety and comfort features. On the other hand, while a 10-year-old model is less expensive to buy, you have to figure in the cost of repairing it."
For example, a mid-sized favorite - the Toyota Camry Hybrid - will can cost up to $18,000, along with about $55 dollars in maintenance and repairs in the third year. By the 10th year, expect to pay up to $7,800 for the car and $370 in annual maintenance.
But no matter the age, Consumer Reports found you can't go wrong with these two small SUVs -- the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV-4.
The best used mini vans are the Honda Odyssey and the Toyota Sienna.
Another good performer is the Toyota Prius; it was among the most satisfying cars for both three and 10-year-old models for its combination of fuel efficiency and reliability.