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Consumer Reports: Best used cars

CBS12's Eric Roby shows us what cars Consumer Reports says will cost you less over time. (Consumer Reports)

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.

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