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The Best Used Vehicles Under $15,000 According To Consumer Reports

Consumers looking into purchasing used vehicles should beware of the risks of going for the first good deal they find before performing a quick search into the various models available out there.

Experts urge consumers to not only research vehicles but also make sure they know the pros and cons of owning certain brands and what costs lie ahead when it comes to repairs and fuel economy.

Experts have come up with a list of models of cars that are under $15,000 and that are good and reliable.

According to auto specialists, the list with their picks for best used cars could help consumers looking for a reliable model that won’t break the bank. All vehicles are particularly interesting since experts observed reliability data concerned with every model added to the list during the research.

All models added to the list performed well in practical tests, experts say.

According to the list of best used vehicles that are under $10,000, the 2008 Hyundai Sonata and 2004 Acura TSX. The reports show that these vehicles are both economical and incredibly reliable. The ride is decent and the handling is responsive enough to be called secure. Both models are equipped with a four-cylinder engine that allows the vehicle to reach 23 mpg overall. Experts say that while the Acura TSX is a more upscale alternative, both vehicles are reliable.

The 2004 Toyota RAV4 is also a reliable and solid choice for less than $10,000. The 2004 model is the first redesign since the 2001 version and it comes with good brakes, easy interior access and a surprisingly strong engine. This model is an all-wheel-drive SUV that could also be very fuel-efficient.

The list with the best used vehicles that cost anywhere between $10,000 and $15,000 include the 2011 Honda Fit and 2011 Mazda3. These models are efficient, being able to reach 30 mpg overall. The Mazda3 is slightly more refined than Honda Fit, but both models could be worth it if you’re looking for a used vehicle that is also reliable and small.

Used sedans listed as some of the best under $15,000 include the Honda Accord with the V6 engine and the 2005 and 2006 Acura TL. These models are economical and come with strong engines. The Acura TL is a more luxurious sedan but the Honda Accord is also a great car to own.

If you’re looking for a small SUV, experts say that the 2006 through 2008 Toyota RAV4 and the 2005 through 2007 Honda CR-V are two models that will meet your expectations.

Both can get approximately 23 mpg, experts say. Cabins are versatile and engines are competent.

For a sportier vehicle, consumers are urged to look into the used CR-V.

For the full list and more details concerning all models, click here. Make sure to always perform an extensive search concerning the models, the particular vehicles you may be interested in purchasing and if they have any open recalls in their history.

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