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."
Check out the full list of the best used cars below. To see the list of the worst used cars, click here.
Less than $10,000: Mazda3s (2008)
The first small car for under $10,000 on the best used cars list, the 2008 Mazda3s "has everything most shoppers want in a small car: reliability, fuel efficiency, a fun-to-drive attitude, an interior that feels upscale for the price, and seats that wont leave your back and behind screaming," Consumer Reports says. This Mazda 3 is introduced during the Los Angeles auto show, Nov. 19, 2008, in California.
Less than $10,000: Pontiac Vibe (2005-08)
The 2005 to 2008 Pontiac Vibes "are a reliable and roomy compact hatchback similar to the Toyota Matrix," Consumer Reports says. These are unsold 2009 Vibes at a Pontiac dealership on Aug. 17, 2008 in Littleton, Colo.
Less than $10,000: Volkswagen Rabbit (2007-09)
Another small used car for less than $10,000 that Consumer Reports recommends is the 2007 to 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit. They are "an alternative for shoppers who want a sporty, European driving experience and richer interior materials," the publication says. This unsold 2007 Rabbit sedan sits on a dealer's lot on Nov. 26, 2006, in Aurora, Colo.
Less than $10,000: Acura TL and TSX (2005)
The first sedan for less than $10,000 that Consumer Reports recommends, the 2005 Acura TL is an option that allows for a reliable luxury car on a tighter budget. The publication also recommends the 2005 Acura TSX as a slightly smaller but sportier alternative. This is a 2006 Acura TL.
Less than $10,000: Toyota Avalon (2005)
The Toyota Avalon is another sedan for less than $10,000 that Consumer Reports recommends. On Jan. 10, 2005, Toyota executive Don Esmond introduced the restyled 2005 Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Less than $10,000: Hyundai Sonata, 4-cylinder (2006-08)
The four-cylinder equipped Hyundai Sonata is an economical option that delivers roominess and reliability, according to Consumer Reports. Pictured is the Hyundai Sonata during the press day at the 78th Geneva International Motor Show on March 4, 2008, in Geneva.
Less than $10,000: Kia Optima, 4-cylinder (2007-08)
Also described as roomy and reliable, the 2007 to 2008 Kia Optima is another best used car option for less than $10,000, according to Consumer Reports. The 2009 Kia Optima is seen March 20, 2008, at the New York International Auto Show.
Less than $10,000: Honda CR-V (2005)
The first SUV option for less than $10,000 that Consumer Reports recommends is the 2005 Honda CR-V. "Standard ESC and curtain air bags, combined with near-minivan levels of space, make the reliable CR-V a can't-miss prospect," the publication says. Japan's Honda Motor Co. President Takeo Fukui stands by a CR-V in Tokyo on Oct. 12, 2006.
Less than $10,000: Mitsubishi Outlander (2007)
The 2007 Mitsubishi Outlander allows for three rows and a handy split tailgate, according to Consumer Reports, putting it as a best used car on the list. A row of unsold 2007 Outlanders sits at a Mitsubishi dealership in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo., on June 17, 2007.
Less than $10,000: Honda Pilot (2005)
The 2005 Honda Pilot has "smooth V6 acceleration and carlike handling," with eight seats, putting it as a best used car for less than $10,000 according to Consumer Reports. Unsold 2007 Pilots sit at an agency in Littleton, Colo., on Nov. 12, 2006.
$10,000 to $15,000: Subaru Impreza (2010)
The first car in the $10,000 to $15,000 price range, the 2010 Subaru Impreza's "standard all-wheel drive, the availability of hatchback and sedan body styles, and a rear seat with room for three adults contribute to the Impreza's versatility," according to Consumer Reports. 2010 Subaru Legacy sedans sit at a dealership in Englewood, Colo., on Nov. 1, 2009.
$10,000 to $15,000: Kia Soul (2010-12)
The 2010 to 2012 models of the Kia Soul are a solid used car option between $10,000 and $15,000, according to Consumer Reports. "The boxy -- yet stylish -- Soul has tons of features for a small car and an expansive cargo space, making it a smart choice for recent grads," Consumer Reports says. Unsold 2010 Kia Souls sit at a dealership in Lakewood, Colo., on Sept. 8, 2009.
$10,000 to $15,000: Infiniti G35 (2006-07)
The first sedan recommendation between $10,000 and $15,000 from Consumer Reports, the 2006 to 2007 Infiniti G35 is "exhibit A in how to blend sporty handling with interior refinement," according to the publication. Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of Nissan Motor Company, introduces the 2007 Infiniti G35 sedan at the 2006 New York International Auto Show.
$10,000 to $15,000: Acura RL (2005-06)
"For less of a racetrack feel, the RL's all-wheel-drive traction, luxurious interior, and reliability make it a wise choice, once you get past its plain looks," Consumer Reports says. Pictured is a 2005 Acura RL.
$10,000 to $15,000: Acura MDX (2005-06)
"The MDX's quiet interior and responsive handling put an enjoyable spin on family-friendly vehicles, showing why it's the standard for three-row crossover SUVs," Consumer Reports says, putting it as a top used car choice for an SUV between $10,000 and $15,000. The Acura MDX is shown on the show floor at the North American International Auto Show on Jan. 10, 2006, in Detroit.
$10,000 to $15,000: Toyota Highlander, V6 (2005-07)
The 2005 to 2007 V6 model of the Toyota Highlander was a best used SUV choice from Consumer Reports, with the publication calling the car "rock-solid" and a slightly smaller car than the Acura MDX. A line of unsold 2006 Toyota Highlanders sits on the back lot of a Toyota dealership in the Denver suburb of Englewood, Colo., on Sept. 10, 2006.
$15,000 to $20,000: Toyota Prius (2010-13)
"The Prius has always proved that you don't have to give up space or ride comfort to get stellar gas mileage, and the redesigned 2010 model brought a quieter engine and standard electronic stability control," Consumer Reports says. Warren Hu poses with his new Toyota Prius outside his office in Redwood City, Calif., on March 23, 2011.
$15,000 to $20,000: Hyundai Elantra (2013-14)
The 2013 to 2014 Hyundai Elantras have "lots of features for the money, a roomy backseat, and responsive handling," according to Consumer Reports, making it a best small used car between $15,000 and $20,000. Pictured is the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe.
$15,000 to $20,000: Honda Civic (2013-14)
The 2013 to 2014 Honda Civic received "much-needed" interior, braking and suspension upgrades, making it another small car between $15,000 and $20,000 that is a solid option, according to Consumer Reports. A 2013 Honda Civic is shown here in Detroit.
$15,000 to $20,000: Honda Accord (2008-12)
The 2008 to 2012 Honda Accord is the first sedan between $15,000 and $20,000 that Consumer Reports recommends, with the publication saying that "a cavernous backseat, Honda's usually responsive reflexes, and 23 mpg from the four-cylinder engine make the Accord a perennial crowd-pleaser." This 2010 photo shows Ray Hancart, of Columbus, Ohio as he stands with his four-cylinder Honda Accord.
$15,000 to $20,000: Toyota Camry (2010-12)
"Ample room for five adults and stellar reliability make the Camry a no-brainer choice," Consumer Reports says, putting it as a top used sedan choice between $15,000 and $20,000. This 2011 file photo shows a 2012 Toyota Camry in Dearborn, Michigan.
$15,000 to $20,000: Lexus ES (2007-08)
The 2007 to 2008 Lexus ES "takes the Camry formula and adds luxury appointments, road-trip-worthy front seats, and a hushed cabin," Consumer Reports says. Bob Carter, Lexus Group vice president, introduces the new 2007 ES 350 sedan at the 2006 Chicago Auto Show in Chicago, Illinois.
$15,000 to $20,000: Lexus RX (2006-08)
"The RX is the go-to upscale SUV for used-car buyers, with its almost-never-leave-you-stranded reliability, plush seats, and a luxury ride," Consumer Reports says, putting it as a top SUV option between $15,000 and $20,000. The Lexus RX450h Hybrid is displayed during the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California.
$15,000 to $20,000: Toyota RAV4 (2009-11)
Consumer Reports calls the 2009 to 2011 Toyota RAV4 "a budget hot rod" with a kid-friendly third-row seat, putting it as a top SUV choice for a used car between $15,000 and $20,000. This RAV4 sport-utility vehicle was displayed at a Toyota dealer in Shanghai, China in 2010.
$20,000 to $25,000: Toyota Camry Hybrid (2012-13)
"With its composed ride and handling, and class-leading 38 mpg, we think the Hybrid is the best Camry available," Consumer Reports says, putting it as the first used car recommendation between $20,000 and $25,000. Pictured is the Camry hybrid sedan during a press preview in Tokyo on September 5, 2011.
$20,000 to $25,000: Infiniti M (2009)
The 2009 Infiniti M is another top sedan between $20,000 to $25,000 according to Consumer Reports, with the publication saying "the Infiniti M is reliable, luxurious, and fun to drive, whether its powered by the strong V6 or snorting-bull V8." Pictured is a 2008 Infiniti M35X in College Park, Maryland.
$20,000 to $25,000: Lexus GX (2006-07)
The 2006 to 2007 Lexus GX is a recommended used SUV from Consumer Reports between $20,000 and $25,000. "A rock climber in a tux, the GX takes the off-road capability of a Toyota 4Runner and wraps it in Lexus luxury," the publication says. Pictured is a 2008-2009 Lexus GX470 photographed in Annapolis, Maryland.
$20,000 to $25,000: Nissan Murano (2011-12)
Consumer Reports says the Nissan Murano is a favorite, and is one of their choices for a used SUV between $20,000 and $25,000. A Japanese couple checks a SUV Murano at the Nissan showroom in Tokyo on May 12, 2009.
$20,000 to $15,000: Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2009)
"The roomy three-row Highlander Hybrid delivers compact-car fuel economy and Lexus-like refinement at a nonluxury price," Consumer Reports says. The 2008 Toyota Highlander hybrid SUV is on display at the 2007 New York International Automobile Show during the press preview days in New York.