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Edmunds.com's 2011 Used Car Best Bets

2009 Mazda MiataWith summer upon us, the 2009 Mazda Miata is a Edmunds Used Car Best Bet that will help you beat the heat!

We’ve been talking a lot about used cars, lately.

The reason is simple:  there are some really great deals to be gotten if you know what to look for and how to spot them.  Our friends at Edmunds have put together their annual Edmunds Used Car Best Bets, which is a great list that will help you in that search. 

The list is comprised of the very best bets on used cars, by category, from 2004 to 2009.  The editors looked at reliability, safety and availability as the criteria and created a very respectable list that cast a pretty wide net among brands and models.

Compact Sedan:  2004-09 Hyundai Elantra

Midsize Sedan: 2004-09 Nissan Altima

Coupe:  2004-09 BMW 3 Series

Convertible: 2004-09 Mazda Miata

Luxury: 2004-09 Infiniti G35/37

Hybrid: 2004-09 Toyota Prius

Sport Compact:  2004-09 Subaru Impreza WRX

Wagon:  2004 – 09 Pontiac Vibe

Compact SUV /CUV:  2004 – 09 Honda CR-V

Midsize SUV/CUVZ: 2004 – 09 Ford Explorer

Large SUV/CUVZ: 2004 – 09 Chevrolet Tahoe

Minivan/Van: 2004 – 09 Honda Odyssey

Compact Truck: 2004 – 09 Toyota Tacoma

Large Truck:  2004 – 09 Ford F-150

Don’t forget, a quality, good condition, low miles used car is as good a bet as any when shopping for a car.  As always, the deal is only as good as you negotiate it and will really most often be contingent on availability.

While a new car carries with it all of the newest of the new, used cars have lost the bulk of that initial depreciation, so what you are buying will be closer to a vehicle that has actual value, which is a rarity in today’s commodity driven marketplace.