It is always hard to take a decision when it comes to buy used cars. The owners of the cars manage to offer the most unbiased reviews and this makes the process even harder. Each year Consumer Reports tests cars, but also asks its almost 1 million subscribers about the way their own cars go through the Annual Auto Survey.
Despite the fact that a review offered by CR offers first-hand details on certain qualities and faults of the new vehicles, most of the time, long-ownership highlights the true condition of the car. To make everyone aware, the publication made a Best & Worst Cars list for model years 2003 through 2012. The models found on the list include the best budget sedans, SUVs and small cars available from $10.000 or less up to $25.000.
The models that cost less than $10.000 are actually in the most economical category and here we have to mention the 2009 Pontiac Vibe which is actually the only US brand that won a category. When it comes to the price range, the best sedans are the 4-cylinder 2008 Hyundai Sonata and 2004 Acura TSX. The 2004 4-cylinder Toyota RAV4 obtained the title of best SUV.
In the next segment with cars priced between $10.000 and $15.000 all model are Japanese. The best small cars are the 2011 Honda Fit and the 2011 Mazda3. The best small SUVs are the 2006-08 Toyota RAV4 and 2005-07 Honda CR-V. The best midsize / large SUV are the 2004-07 Toyota Highlander V6 and 2003-04 Infiniti FX.
In the $15.000 to $20.000 range we have the 2010-11 Toyota Proius and also the 2011-2012 Hyundai Elantra sedans which are the best small cars. The best mid-size sedans are the 2011-2012 4-cylinders Toyota Camry and 2006-07 Infiniti M.
In the last category with cars priced between $20.000 and $25.000, the only German model will win is the 2009 BMW 328i.
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