There are dozens of reasons for buyers to seek out a quality used car. The most obvious reason is that their current vehicle has simply been run into the ground and a replacement is needed, but new drivers in the family, secondary or “fun” vehicles, and trucks specifically for work are also all possibilities. With the versatility of buyers in mind, Yahoo! Autos has compiled a great list of some of the most reliable used cars on the market – not segmented simply by model year or popularity, but by overall durability and reliability. So, let’s take a look at what could be one of the last used cars you’ll ever need to buy.
Lexus LX470/Toyota Land Cruiser
According to Yahoo! Autos, this sport utility vehicle is rock solid. Durable, heavy, and aging extremely well, this vehicle is sure to outlast even the most rough and tumble first-time driver and came out tops on the list.
With an engine that has been placed into over 10 million total vehicles, the Ford E-Series minivan has become the workhouse for many American families. Ford engineers have made several interior redesigns over the years, but have taken an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach with the mechanics of this series. It’s easy to see why the E-Series has become the best-selling full-sized van in the country.
Chevy/GMC Full-Sized Trucks & SUVs
GMC has always focused attention on only trucks and SUVs, and as a result have built some of the most reliable trucks and SUVs on the road. With the same vehicles being sold under the Chevy brand name, buyers and seller can be confident that their Silverados, Tahoes, and Suburbans will be on the road for years and years to come.
Ford Full-Sized Trucks
Giving Chevy and GMC a run for their money the Ford F-150 has been the number one selling truck for over 30 years, and for good reason. The body-on-frame construction of the F-Series has made it one of the most durable, rear-wheel drive V-8 trucks on the road.
Departing from the other listed models in a major way, the Toyota Prius has proven to be one of the best bangs for your buck when it comes to used sedans. With owners that tend to take great care of their vehicles and solid construction, most Prii that are traded in show very little mechanic wear. Avoiding battery issues that were somewhat common with the Accord and Civic hybrids, Prii also so very little wear and tear on their battery systems.
Depending on your needs these durable cars and trucks will be able to power through nearly any trials you put them through. From regular city driving that may be better set to a Prius to heavy hauling that calls on the power and ruggedness of an F-150, these used cars, trucks and SUVs will go the distance for a much more reasonable cost than their brand new counter parts.
For more tips on buying and selling used cars, check out our used car buyer’s guide, how to tell if a car has a clean title, and how to create a bill of sale.