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Best used-car deals

Best used-car deals

A late-model used car can be one of the best values you’ll find when buying a car. With relatively low mileage, modern safety and convenience features, and usually a much lower price than similar new vehicles, these used cars are in the sweet spot of auto deals.

We’ve scoured through the used car options and put together this list of best deals on 2008-2012 vehicles in ten categories. Each of the vehicles featured are models recommended by Consumer Reports. In making these selections, we focused on models that show the greatest depreciation from their original retail price and their current value, then culled the list to just those vehicles that meet our stringent criteria to be Recommended, including good performance in our tests, average or above safety scores, and average or better reliability. For some car types, this may mean limited diversity in the recommendations, though in all cases, we have focused on balancing the quality of the deal and that of the vehicle.

See all current deals on recommended used vehicles. Continue your research by comparing ratings, reliability, reviews, fuel economy, performance, and much more (available to subscribers). For a list of the most reliable used cars covering ten model years, see our best and worst used cars report.

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Current price from the dealer $16,500 (original MSRP: $21,540)

The Nissan Rogue is a pleasant and competitive small SUV.  The 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine gets 22 mpg and the continuously variable transmission works well.  Acceleration is relatively quick, but the CVT holds engine revs too high, creating a noisy cabin. Inside, the seats are supportive and the rear seat is roomy.  However, thick pillars, small rear windows, and large head restraints comprise visibility.  

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Honda Civic 66,000 $19,510 $12,225 37%
2009 Subaru Impreza 51,000 $18,495 $13,500 27%
2010 Toyota Corolla 40,000 $16,250 $12,125 25%
2011 Volkswagen Golf 22,000 $19,755 $16,050 19%
2012 Honda Fit 11,000 $17,910 $16,975 5%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Ford Fusion 66,000 $18,135 $8,650 52%
2009 Honda Accord 51,000 $24,405 $15,825 35%
2010 Mazda6 40,000 $26,600 $14,775 44%
2011 Nissan Altima 22,000 $22,060 $15,900 28%
2012 Toyota Camry 11,000 $22,600 $19,850 12%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Honda CR-V 66,000 $24,150 $16,700 31%
2009 Mitsubishi Outlander 51,000 $21,980 $11,575 47%
2010 Nissan Rogue 40,000 $21,540 $16,500 23%
2011 Kia Sportage 22,000 $24,795 $21,450 13%
2012 Subaru Forester 11,000 $26,595 $23,925 10%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Acura MDX 66,000 $40,195 $22,100 45%
2009 Honda Pilot 51,000 $30,495 $20,525 33%
2010 Mazda CX-9 40,000 $30,205 $21,125 30%
2011 Toyota Highlander 22,000 $28,695 $25,750 10%
2012 Toyota Venza 11,000 $29,250 $27,250 7%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Scion xB 66,000 $16,600 $11,100 33%
2009 Pontiac Vibe 51,000 $20,475 $10,125 51%
2010 Toyota Matrix 40,000 $17,510 $13,425 23%
2011 Scion xB 22,000 $16,950 $14,775 13%
2012 Scion xB 11,000 $17,250 $16,275 6%

 

Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Acura TSX 66,000 $28,190 $15,975 43%
2009 Infiniti G37 51,000 $33,250 $21,550 35%
2010 Acura TL 40,000 $35,105 $24,100 31%
2011 Lexus ES 350 22,000 $36,725 $31,225 15%
2012 Lincoln MKZ 11,000 $36,535 $25,800 29%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Acura RL 66,000 $46,280 $20,025 57%
2009 Lexus GS 350 51,000 $46,950 $29,650 37%
2010 Lexus LS 460 40,000 $68,250 $47,750 30%
2011 Lexus GS 350 22,000 $48,850 $39,825 18%
2012 Infiniti M37 11,000 $49,850 $43,025 14%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Toyota Sienna CE 66,000 $24,490 $14,250 42%
2009 Toyota Sienna LE 51,000 $26,065 $17,050 35%
2010 Toyota Sienna XLE 40,000 $29,725 $24,025 19%
2011 Toyota Sienna SE 22,000 $30,850 $25,750 17%
2012 Toyota Sienna LE 11,000 $29,700 $25,350 15%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Honda Ridgeline 66,000 $28,000 $17,125 39%
2009 Toyota Tundra 51,000 $29,215 $22,150 24%
2010 Toyota Tacoma 40,000 $19,130 $18,000 6%
2011 Honda Ridgeline 22,000 $31,605 $25,950 18%
2012 Toyota Tacoma 11,000 $22,105 $20,225 9%
Vehicle Mileage MSRP When New Buying From Dealer Avg Price Drop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Infiniti FX35 66,000 $39,550 $23,225 41%
2009 Lexus RX 350 51,000 $39,100 $26,175 33%
2010 Lexus GX 350 40,000 $51,970 $43,175 17%
2011 Lexus RX 450h 22,000 $46,325 $39,700 14%
2012 Lexus RX 350 11,000 $40,475 $37,850 6%

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