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Buying a new car isn’t always an option, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or safety in the name of price point. Consumer Reports, which compiles rankings and quality evaluations on everything from cell phones to dishwashers, has compiled a great list of over 20 used mid- and full-sized sedans that have great quality ratings in addition to being priced under $20,000. So, when it comes times to replace that reliable but tired jalopy in your driveway, take a look at the list below and make an upgrade to a newer, safer car while still being mindful of your pocketbook.

Make & modelBuying from dealer avg priceMSRP (new)Drop in retail value vs. MSRP
2008 Mazda6 i$9,775$20,80053%
2008 Mercury Milan$9,875$24,19559%
2008 Ford Fusion SE$10,025$19,06047%
2009 Mercury Milan$10,500$22,99554%
2008 Nissan Altima$11,750$20,58043%
2009 Mazda6 s$12,075$24,13050%
2009 Ford Fusion SE$12,450$24,34549%
2008 Toyota Camry LE$12,700$21,07540%
2008 Toyota Prius$13,175$22,47541%
2010 Mazda6$12,625$20,47038%
2010 Mercury Milan$13,325$24,32045%
2010 Ford Fusion SE$13,900$20,90033%
2010 Nissan Altima S$14,500$21,84034%
2010 Mazda6 s$14,775$26,60044%
2009 Nissan Altima SL$15,075$23,00034%
2009 Toyota Prius$15,125$23,37535%
2008 Honda Accord EX$15,200$23,86036%
2010 Toyota Camry LE$15,350$21,90030%
2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid$15,625$26,15040%
2009 Honda Accord EX-L$16,325$26,40538%
2010 Honda Accord EX$17,525$24,63029%

For more helpful tips on buying a used car be sure to check out our post on how to buy a car on Craigslist and the used car buyer’s checklist.

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