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More used cars

Just like everything else in live you want value for your money. The case is even more so when investing in a car. Used cars are a great way to save money but they can carry a risk. Everyone has heard stories about lemons so you need to know a good deal. We already looked at the best sedans, now let’s look at other categories as well. Once again, these cars are ranked on reliability, availability, safety and value.  All cars are three to seven years old.

Best Coupe: 2005 – 2010 BMW 3 Series

Let’s face it, coupes are just plain fun. Sporty, fast, stylish yet practical as well and few cars make a coupe as well as BMW.  We really don’t need to say much here. This car has a great smooth and agile performance. It also boasts the fine luxury coupled with design that BMW has become known for. Even with the entry level 325/328 you will still get plenty of power and performance.  In 2007 BMW released an updated Series 3 with more power, sleeker style and all-wheel drive.   Its overall mileage is a little low at 21 mpg but you don’t drive these for fuel efficiency. It starts with 3.0 liter 6 cylinder inline engine.

Best Convertible:  2005 – 2010 Mazda Miata

Simply put, the Miata is an incredible fun ride and it is easy to see why it is so popular. In fact it has been one of Mazda’s best selling cars for since its creation.  It boasts an ultra-responsive and communicative steering, a strong engine, and an easy to use manual transmission. Better yet, is its affordability, being priced so that the average Joe could purchase it as well. Tack on Mazda’ reliability, fuel consumption (good for what it is) and comfort and it’s easy to see why it is so popular. It gets around 24 mpg and carries a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine.

Best Wagon: 2005 – 2010 Pontiac Vibe

If you are actually in the market for a used wagon, the now defunct Pontiac Vibe is your used car of choice.  It is (relatively) stylish, has good space efficiency and compact dimensions. It also has a very reliable Toyota power train under the hood. While it does have similar parts to the Toyota Matrix the Vibe is considered the more attractive option.  Plus it will usually be more affordable since Toyota’s resell values are higher.  It has a very nice 29 mpg and has 1.8 liter 4 cylinder inline engine.

That finishes this section of rating used cars for sale. Next time we will look at trucks and SUV’s.

Jeff Jordan lives and writes in Southen California. He writes about automobiles and technology. If you own a car dealership then Jazel Autodealer Websites can help you market your business.