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Best Deals on Used Cars for Teens

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Looking to get your teen a set of wheels for the summer or for traveling to school in the fall? There are many vehicles to choose from, but smart money is on those models that prioritize safety, reliability, and ease of use for inexperienced drivers.


There are many models to choose from, but we focused on those available for under $15,000 which includes recommended vehicles for teens from the 2008-2010 model years. Some have the latest safety equipment and are still affordable but key safety features such as curtain air bags and electronic stability control may not have been standard in others until later years. As always we encourage purchasing as many safety features–and electronic stability control in particular–if your budget allows. We list the average price for suitably equipped models available in that year when buying from the dealer.


The cars listed below average between 15- and 51-percent less than the retail price when the vehicle was new. Plus, all have at least average reliability according to our latest subscriber survey. Figure that vehicles from 2008 will generally have 66,000 miles, 2009 models around 51,000 miles, and 2010 about 40,000 miles.


Scanning the list, you’ll see that these are all traditional cars and small SUVs; large pickups and midsized and large SUVs are not recommended for young, inexperienced drivers because they are more prone to roll over and may be more difficult to handle than many other vehicles. Sports cars increase the risk of speeding and have a higher rate of accidents, and consequently, they carry tuition-sapping insurance premiums.

Make & model Average buying from dealer price Average drop in retail value vs. MSRP
 2009 Chevrolet Malibu $12,925 45%
 2010 Chevrolet Malibu $14,483 39%
 2009 Ford Focus $10,388 38%
 2008 Hyundai Elantra $9,450 47%
 2009 Hyundai Sonata $11,167 50%
 2010 Kia Forte $12,117 27%
 2010 Kia Optima $13,320 38%
 2010 Kia Soul $13,938 15%
 2009 Mazda6 $10,800 49%
 2009 Mitsubishi Outlander $12,833 46%
 2010 Nissan Altima $14,930 35%
 2008 Nissan Rogue $13,125 36%
 2010 Nissan Sentra $13,458 26%
 2008 Scion xB $11,100 33%
 2009 Subaru Impreza $14,317 27%
 2008 Subaru Legacy $12,175 43%
 2010 Toyota Corolla $13,350 24%
 2010 Toyota Matrix $14,394 28%
2008 Toyota RAV4 $14,875 41%
2009 Volkswagen Jetta $13,831 39%

Buying a used car has many benefits. Most important is that the original owner takes the initial depreciation hit, as new cars lose much more value in the first and second years than those that follow. When shopping, look for cars that scored well in Consumer Reports’ tests when new, have proven reliability, and perform well in government and insurance industry crash tests. Before handing over the cash, have the vehicle inspected by a trained and trusted mechanic to make sure there are no hidden problems.


See the complete list of used-car deals across a variety of vehicle categories. Also, see our list of best new and used cars for teens, as well as our special section on teen driving safety. For detailed used car pricing based on the mileage and condition of the vehicle, try Consumer Reports Used Car Price Reports.



Top Vehicles for 2013 from Consumer Reports



There are a lot of vehicles to choose from this year, but Consumer Reports has made it easier by choosing their top picks in 10 categories.


The selection is based on 3 criteria:


  • Road test. Each must rank at or near the top of its category in overall test score.
  • Reliability. Each must have earned an average or better predicted-reliability Rating, based on the problems Consumer Reports subscribers reported on 1.2 million vehicles in CR’s latest Annual Auto Survey.
  • Safety. Top Picks must perform adequately if tested in crash or rollover tests conducted by the government or insurance industry.


Each model’s overall road-test score, predicted-reliability Rating, overall fuel economy, detailed pricing, and much more is available on their model pages. Prices reflect the sticker prices when we bought our tested cars.


Follow are Consumer Reports’ Top Picks in each category:


Budget CarHyundai Elantra

Compact CarSubaru Impreza

Green Car - Toyota Prius

Luxury CarAudi A6

Midsize SedanHonda Accord

Midsized SUV – Toyota Highlander

Mini Van – Honda Odyssey

Small SUV - Honda CR-V

Sports CarScion FR-S and Subaru BRZ

Sport SedanBMW 328i


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Elantra – 2012 Car of the Year

Despite  the renewed popularity of American-made cars in 2011, foreign automakers took home top honors at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. 


Hyundai captured Car of the Year honors for the second time since 2009 when its luxury Genesis won.  For 2012, the Hyundai Elantra took the title, beating out the Ford Focus and the Volkswagen Passat.  “Sporty, yet sensible.  Luxurious, yet affordable.  Spunky, yet safe,” said Jayne O’Donnell of USA Today, one of the judges.  The Elantra is a series of paradoxes, and every one is another argument for the latest impressive entry in the Hyundai lineup.”


In the SUV of the Year category, the Range Rover Evoque, which had also won Motor Trend’s 2012 SUV of the Year award, topped the competition in Detroit for its combination of performance and fuel efficiency.  “Range Rover successfully charts a new direction for the venerable SUV trailblazer with a fresh design and advanced thinking about environmental issues,” said Fortune magazine’s Alex Taylor, one of the judges.  The Evoque is made at Indian automaker Tata’s UK-based facility.


Powered by a turbocharged four-cylinder engine and with a six-speed automatic transmission, the Evoque beat out Honda’s CR-V and BMW’s X3 SUVs.





Used Cars to Consider — and Some to Avoid

There are a lot of things to consider when buying a used car — not the least of which is the honesty of the seller; but  the most important thing to consider when buying  a used car is the reliability record of the make and model.  To help us with that, CBS MoneyWatch looked at owner surveys, J.D. Power ratings and Consumer Report ratings in 5 car catgories to see which cars had less-than-stellar reliability records and to offer some more reliable alternatives. 


Small Car Category: 


Avoid:  The Volkswagen Beetle — Owners reported problems with the climate control system and power equipment, both of which can lead to expensive repairs. 

Alternative:   Hyundai Elantra — Owners reported no major problems; and the Elantra got the maximum rating from J.D. Power, and is ranked above-average by Consumer Reports. 


Midsize Car Category:


Avoid:  Volkswagen Passat — Consumers reported problems with the fuel, electrical and climate systems, as well as the power equipment.

Alternative:   The Ford Fusion — Fusion won the reliability award in this year’s J.D. Power survey, and Consumer Reports gives it a much-above-average used car rating.


Midsize SUV Category:


Avoid:   GMC Acadia — Owners reported  problems with the suspension and audio systems, and J.D. Power and Consumer Reports both gave it their lowest used car rating.

Alternative:   Toyota 4 Runner — the 4 Runner won J.D. Power’s top reliability award, and Consumer Reports rated it much better than average as a used car.  Owners liked its highway and off-road capability.


Large SUV Category:


Avoid:  The Ford Expedition — Owners reported problems with the transmission and audio systems, and its best gas efficiency is only 18 mpg.  J.D. Powers and Consumer Reports both gave it a low used-car rating.

Alternative:   Toyota Sequoia — While just slightly better on fuel efficiency, the Sequoia gets a high rating from both J.D. Power and Consumer Reports.  Owners liked its roomy seating and comfortable ride for long trips.


Minivan Category:


Avoid:  Chrysler Town & Country — Although very popular as a new car, owners reported problems with suspension, brakes, climate system and power equipment.   J.D. Power and Consumer Reports both rated it low as a used-car purchase.

Alternative:  Toyota Sienna — The Sienna won the reliability award for minivans from J.D Power, and it got a better-than-average rating from Consumer Reports.


In addition to the tips above, it’s often wiser to purchase a 3+ year old used car for a couple of reasons.  The biggest new-car depreciation has already taken place, and with new car prices rising sharply, buying a 1 or 2 year old used car often make worse financial sense than buying new.












October’s Best Car Deals

Like many of us, if you’ve held off on purchasing a new car, October may be the time to get a great deal.  October has some of the best new car deals we’ve seen all year, and deals are available on all brands.  In addition, dealer incentives from September have rolled into October, and with the model year-end approaching, dealers may be even more inclined to negotiate.


According to, transaction prices have dropped for the 4th straight month this year, and this trend for 2011 autos is expected to continue through the end of the year.


Here are some of the best deals on 2011 models in October according to US News:


Mazda CX-7 — 0% financing for up to 60  months AND  $500 back

Honda Fit — 0.9% financing for 24-36  months

Hyundai Elantra — 1.9% financing for up to 236 months in most regions

Buick Regal — 0% financing for up to 60 months OR $1,000 cash back

GMC Sierra — 0% financing for up to 60 months AND $1,000 APR cash OR $4,505 cash back

Chevrolet Traverse — 0% financing for  up to 60 months AND $1,000 APR cash OR $2,000 back

Nissan Maxima – 0% financing for 36 months; 0.9% financing for 60  months; 1.9% financing for 72 months OR $3,000 cash back


So if you’re thinking about buying a new auto, October is definitely a good time to do it.