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Ten Best Certified Pre-Owned Used Cars
By Keith Griffin. Used Cars Expert
Keith Griffin has been an automotive journalist and new car reviewer for more than 13 years. His experience as a journalist dates back 35 years. He is currently immediate president of the New England Motor Press Association.
There s always the question out there of whether or not to buy new vs. certified pre-owned. Opt for the latter and the question gets raised: which certified pre-owned used car is right for purchase?
This article focuses solely on certified pre-owned sedans and coupes that are currently on the market. All of these models are five years older and less. You can consult the Ten Best Certified Pre-Owned SUVs, Crossovers and Trucks list if you re in the market for one of those.
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Here is the About.com list of the Ten Best Certified Pre-Owned Used Cars based on research and experience driving all of the models.
Hyundai Sonata: The Sonata tops the list as the best certified pre-owned used car to drive because Hyundai has the best certified pre-owned program for non-luxury cars as determined by J.D. Power for the last three years. A company that focuses that much energy and resources on its certified pre-owned used cars is going to deliver a pleasant ownership experience.
It helps that the Sonata is a great car, too.
Volvo S60: The Volvo is on the list because it is the best certified pre-owned luxury car program according to J.D. Power. It s a smooth riding sedan that is packed with safety options. You re not going to be disappointed owning a Volvo S60 and with proper maintenance the T5 versions should last for years to come.
Chevrolet Impala: Sputtering can be heard across the Internet for this choice but this is a great sedan if it s basic transportation you seek from a car with lots of space both interior and trunk.
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Remember, this recommendation is for a certified pre-owned model. Due to the redesign for the 2014 model year, used Impalas should show greater value.
Honda Accord: This is the true practically bulletproof certified pre-owned sedan on the list. The only potential fly in the ointment is their popular, so you won t be able to get good deals on them. However, Hondas, with proper maintenance, are incredibly reliable machines.
Toyota Matrix: This model was discontinued this year as a new car, but it s still a great hatchback. Others may steer you to a Toyota Corolla, but this is the five-door equivalent. You ll want this car if you need flexibility in a small car.
Kia Forte: You re not going to find a better looking car in the sub-compact lineup and this includes the Hyundai Elantra. Kia has done a great job making its vehicle better both inside and out. You ll be surprised by the driving experience of the Forte and wonder why you hadn t looked at one earlier.
Nissan Altima Coupe: Like the Toyota Matrix, the Altima Coupe has also been discontinued as a new car. But, there s currently no better coupe on the market when it comes to price, performance and comfort. Coupes aren t for everybody but if one is on your wish list, don t invest thousands more in a BMW or Mercedes. You ll be happy with the Altima Coupe in your driveway.
Subaru Legacy: The Subaru Legacy was remodeled for the 2013 lineup but the older Legacys are great cars. Plus, those in the colder climes are going to like its all-wheel drive capabilities. It might be tough to find a deal in the North on these cars but if you come across one in Southern climes, snap it up. It s a rare bird down there, which means prices should be lower.
Ford Fusion: Again the current generation is a stunner but you re going to be content driving the previous generation Ford Fusion. It s good, reliable transportation and, because of the amazing design of the new one, should have good residual values that make it a bargain to obtain.
Mazda Mazda6: This four-door sedan was a total victim of bad timing. It was introduced during the height of the recession and Mazda simply didn t put the marketing dollars behind it. That doesn t mean you shouldn t buy one. Styling is excellent, the interior is comfortable, and there is an abundance of trunk space. Put the Mazda6 at the top of your certified pre-owned shopping list.