Top 10 Best Used Vehicles Of All Time

February 16, 2022

Are you looking for a vehicle but do not want to spend the amount listed on the price tag of new cars on the lot of a dealership? Or do you need an additional reliable vehicle for a family member or to use as a daily commuter? There are some affordable choices out there, but often without a warranty or the ability to add options, you have to take what you can get. The following lists the top ten regarding reliability and getting the most bang for your buck.

10. 2013 Chevrolet Cruze

The Cruze not only looks practical, but it is also. This Sedan has a conservative appearance on the outside and comfort on the inside. The spacious interior has ample head and leg room, seating for three in the rear and a driver’s seat to accommodate even the tallest of drivers. It is a quite ride with a 1.8-liter I-4 138 horsepower engine and six-speed manual transmission. Safety features include multiple airbags with an airbag occupancy sensor and anti-lock brakes.

9. 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn

One of the top picks of the Jetta series is the Jetta GLI Autobahn. It is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and upgraded suspension from the base model. Further tweaks include a honeycomb grille, vertical fog lights and eighteen-inch alloy wheels. The heated leatherette front bucket seats add a touch of luxury. Their red stitching matches that on the leather steering wheel, shift boot and hand brake. Fuel consumption rates in at twenty-two mpg for city driving and thirty-three mpg on the highways.

8. 2012 Fiat 500

For sporty looks and performance, the Fiat 500 has it covered. Its 1.4-liter 101 horsepower engine with five-speed manual transmission provides nearly 40 mpg for highway driving and thirty mpg in the city. This small car is primarily a two-seater but has a rear seat that folds down. The Fiat is not only a head-turner with its round headlights and customizable colors, but it is also reliable and comes with standard safety features, including airbags, cruise control, anti-lock brakes and driveline traction control.

7. 2011 Kia Soul

The Soul is spacious, functional and fun to drive with its unusual box-like appearance. Considered a small car, it seats five and has been described as having a ‘van-like’ interior. There is enough head, and leg room for comfort and the back seat can be folded for extra cargo space. Not only that, you can store extra necessities in a lift-up compartment on the floor. Safety-wise, the Soul, is well-equipped with airbags, anti-lock disc brakes, and electronic stability control.

6. 2010 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

If you are looking for a vehicle with space and environmentally-friendly features, the Highlander could be a good choice. The gas-electric hybrid has a 3.3-liter VVT V6 engine and two electric motors. The combined effort produces 270 horsepower and can be run in an all-electric mode. While an optional third-row seat is available, it does not fold down. Both the Base and Limited trims have all-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes, airbags for all seating areas, a ‘center stow’ second-row seat and cruise control.

5. 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid

This four-door compact Civic differs from its gas-only counterparts in more ways than its engine. Its 1.3-liter I4 engine, combined with electric motor gets up to 40 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway and can be driven in all-electric mode. Minor changes in the hybrid model are its small spoiler, clear turn indicator lamps, and interior blue lighting, which matches the blue cloth upholstery and vinyl dash. Standard features include power locks and windows, tilt steering wheel, keyless entry and climate and entertainment control centers.

4. 2011 Nissan Juke

If you like driving something that looks a bit different, the Juke stands out from the crowd. It came with a reasonable new price tag, and its performance provides good value. The turbocharged 1.6-liter, 188 horsepower engine with six-speed manual transmission is powerful, and drivers can choose between three modes: Sport, Normal and Eco drive. The unique design rides on seventeen-inch wheels and has a raised suspension, allowing this SUV go beyond the flat highway stretches. Cruise control, anti-lock brakes and driveline traction control are standard.

3. 2008 Honda CR-V

The CR-V has received reviews as an SUV that is “tightly wrapped, handsomely appointed, versatile, stylish, and by the standards of this popular class, exceptionally nimble.” This four-wheel drive has room for five passengers and its DOHC 16-valve inline-4 aluminum block, and head engine is fuel-injected. The driver’s side is ergonomically designed with easy access to controls and its handling, steering, and braking has been improved from earlier models. Cruise control, anti-lock brakes and driveline traction control all come standard.

2. 2011 Toyota Tacoma

Fuel efficiency and a good price make the Toyota Tacoma stand out among other trucks. Its mid-size makes it practical for daily driving but has the ability to be a working vehicle for hauling loads. The lineup includes a 2.7-liter, 159 horsepower, four-cylinder engine and a more powerful 4.0-liter V-6 with 236 horsepower. Shifting is smooth on the four-cylinder, but an automatic transmission is an option. It comes with a standard AM/FM radio and CD MP3 player.

1. 2010 Ford F-150

A leader among full-size pickups and comes in a variety of models. Standard and optional features vary across the board, but the range provides something for every truck consumer’s needs. The 2010 base model is more fuel efficient than earlier models and safety has been improved throughout the lineup. 2010 models have a choice of engines, including a 248 horsepower, 4.6-liter, two-valve, a 292 horsepower, 4.6-liter three-valve V-8, or a 320 horsepower, 5.4-liter three-valve V8. An AM/FM/Satellite radio and CD player are standard.