This Is the Best Used Car You Can Buy

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If safety, reliability and resale value top your list of attributes in a used car, a well-loved standard-bearer remains your best choice.

The Honda Civic — long regarded as one of the most dependable and popular cars in the world — tops the passenger-car rankings as the best used car you can buy, according to a recent analysis by iSeeCars.

If an SUV is more your thing, another vehicle from a Japanese manufacturer — the Toyota 4Runner — might be a good choice. It topped the iSeeCars list in the SUV category.

For its analysis, the website analyzed data from 20 million vehicles, focusing on how they performed in three categories:

  • Long-term reliability
  • Retaining their value
  • An average safety rating of at least 4 stars out of 5 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The Civic finished in first place among passenger cars for several reasons. Even as the popularity of sedans has faded, iSeeCars notes, the Civic remains a strong seller due to its reliability and longevity. According to iSeeCars:

“The Civic is one of the longest-lasting vehicles to reach 200,000 miles, and it depreciates far less than the segment average to make it a good value for consumers. It also has among the best MPG estimates in its class.”

Meanwhile, iSeeCars praised the 4Runner for its durability and “ample cargo room with an optional third row of seating for those who want a rugged family hauler.”

According to iSeeCars, these are your best bets for buying a used car in various categories:

  • Passenger car: Honda Civic
  • SUV: Toyota 4Runner
  • Pickup truck: Toyota Tacoma
  • Minivan: Toyota Sienna
  • Sports car: Ford Mustang
  • Hybrid car: Toyota Prius
  • Electric vehicle: Tesla Model S
  • Luxury car: Lexus ES 350
  • Luxury SUV: Acura MDX

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