Consumer Reports – Reliable Used Sedans

Toyota Camry family car

I mentioned Friday that we signed up for Consumer Reports in preparation of buying a family car this year. We’re close to our savings goal so we decided to get a list of cars to check out. We want to avoid taking out a car loan, so based on our budget, we’re looking to buy a reliable used car.

We’ve done it before with my husband’s current car. When his car was declared a total loss by the insurance company, we hunted and found a replacement that we paid for completely with cash.

Now that we have a baby, we need to get a bigger car that is still fuel efficient. Right now we’re looking at getting a mid-sized sedan or small SUV for us.

 Most Reliable Used Sedans

According to Consumer Reports, here are the best reliable used sedans:Toyota Camry family car

  • Acura TSX
  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Accord
  • Honda Civic
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Lexus ES
  • Lincoln Zephyr, MKZ
  • Mazda6
  • Mercury Milan
  • Nissan Altima
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Toyota Camry
  • Toyota Corolla
  • Toyota Prius
  • Volvo S60

Wow, that’s still a bit much to hunt for, we’re going to look at our family budget and start seeing what’s available in the area. Right now our biggest items on our list are:

  • Good Gas Mileage- We like to get a car that gets at least 30 mpg on the highway.
  • Solid Reliability– We’re buying a used vehicle so we’re hoping to minimize the chance of repairs by focusing on highly rated vehicles.
  • Cheap (in Price) Parts – We want a car that doesn’t have expensive parts to replace so we can keep repair costs manageable.

Thoughts on Shopping for a Car

I’d love to hear your thoughts on shopping for a car. How many of you are thinking about buying a car this year? What make and model do you have now? Are you happy with it?

Photo Credit: Bidgee



  1. I wanted an Accord, but my wife drives it, so we got a Camry.  It’s personality-less.  The accord can actually be driven for fun if a person squints hard enough, and the mazda is actually a hoot to drive through a mountain road.

    Subaru’s tend to have truck like gas mileage, and if I had to pick all over again, I’d still let my wife pick whatever she wanted.

    1. Thanks Baxter for mentioning gas mileage, I think my next post will include some information on the best models for city and highway driving. We’re hoping to improve what we get with the Jetta. 

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