Best and Worst Used Cars

Buying a used car is often the best choice for consumers. If well-maintained, it can be a good value and later models have many of the newer safety features as well. The models listed below have the best and worst reliability history in the 10 years (1999-2008) covered by our Annual Auto Survey. For more information on how used cars are holding up, see report on the most and least reliable used cars.  Also, see our list of the best used cars under $20,000.


These models scored well in our tests, were recommended when new, and have had multiple model-years of better-than-average reliability. Steer clear; these models have had several years of much worse than average reliability.
Toyota Prius Chevrolet Uplander/Venture
Toyota Echo Saturn Relay
Lexus SC Land Rover Discovery/LR3
Toyota Highlander Volkswagen Touareg
Honda S2000 Cadillac SRX (V6)
Infiniti M35 Buick Rendezvous (AWD)

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