Consumer Reports' used cars recommendations cover a variety of vehicles they'd recommend to family and friends -- as well as ones to avoid at all costs. Here are 30 different used vehicles that the publication describes as the best in terms of value, reliability and safety.
Consumer Reports breaks down the best used cars by price point, looking at cars less than $10,000, cars between $10,000 and $15,000, cars $15,000 to $20,000, and cars $20,000 to $25,000. They also look at small cars, sedans and SUVs within each price point.
According to the publication, buying used is the best bang for the buck, because a new car depreciates more than 27 percent in the first year, and after three years it's worth less than half the sticker price.
Consumer Reports says that "Every vehicle on this list performed well in our tests when it was new and has had above-average reliability for the model years shown, based on our latest Annual Auto Survey," adding "these are the used cars we'd recommend to our family and friends."
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