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Top 10 Used Cars Of 2009

Posted in 4x4, Acura, Car Buying, Car Deals, Cars, Commuter Cars, Compact Cars, Favorite Cars, Ford, General, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Lexus, Pontiac, Toyota, Volkswagen by Geoff | May 20th, 2009 | 7 Responses |
Popular Used Car: 2006 Acura TL

Popular Used Car: 2006 Acura TL

Not surprisingly, while new cars sales take a steady beating, used car sales continue to stay up.  Naturally, some used cars are more popular than others, not only because of a specific car’s perceived fuel efficiency or utility, but as a result of the longevity or sheer number of each model’s production.  So for those in the market for a newer but not new car, here is a breakdown of the Top 10 Used Cars for 2009 based on sales numbers compiled by the auto information statisticians at Edmunds.com.  Some of these results may surprise you.

Dealer retail and private party prices are based on actual transactions from Edmunds.com for previously owned vehicles considered to be in “clean” condition that have been driven an average of 12,000 miles a year.

2005 Honda Civic EX Sedan

Price When New: $18,860
Dealer Used Price: $12,405
Private Party Price: $11,426
Certified Used Price: $13,338
MPG (city/highway): 31/38

2005 Honda Civic EX

2005 Honda Civic EX

Civics are solid, quiet on the road, and easy to drive, but in 2005 they also epitomized the “Asia Anonymous” look that the Japanese automakers haven’t quite exorcised from their design palette.  Those aspects may be overshadowed easily by Honda’s reputation for quality and dependability.  The fact that you see so many on the road is a testament to both the car’s durability and the loyalty of Honda owners.  The Civic EX is about as good as compact sedans get.  This small sedan is fuel-efficient and fun to drive, and you can save almost $6,500 over the original price of the ’05. 

2007 Ford Five Hundred SEL

Price When New: $23,785
Dealer Used Price: $13,902
Private Party Price: $12,807
Certified Used Price: $14,872
MPG (city/highway): 21/29

2007 Ford Five Hundred

2007 Ford Five Hundred

Ford’s Five Hundred’s short lifespan was attributed mostly to replacing the hugely succesful Taurus and not any major deficiency.  Except that it is about as exciting to look at as a plate of mashed potatoes.  Still, it is roomy, reliable, safe and because the Taurus is back, low mileage Five Hundreds can be had for a song.

2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan

Price When New: $31,910
Dealer Used Price: $19,257
Private Party Price: $18,222
Certified Used Price: $21,536
MPG (city/highway): 19/26

2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan

2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan

Before the G37 impressed both critics and owners, the G35 was turning heads as capable and comparable competitor to upscale European brands such as the  BMW 3-series.  One area that is sure to please used car buyers is the blend of sporty performance without the steep sticker price.  The 3.5-liter V6 produces 280 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

2005 Lexus LS 430

Price When New: $56,875
Dealer Used Price: $26,237
Private Party Price: $24,079
Certified Used Price: $28,951
MPG (city/highway): 18/25

2005 Lexus LS 430

2005 Lexus LS 430

New luxury cars take a huge hit in depreciation after they roll off the lot.  Their loss is your gain.  Loaded with luxury items that are offered as either standard or optional equipment, Lexus’ flagship sedan has a six-speed-automatic transmission that works with a 4.3-liter V-8.  With a one-two punch of performance and luxury, an ’05 LS 430 costs less than half its original price. 

2005 Toyota RAV4

Price When New: $20,665
Dealer Used Price: $13,157
Private Party Price: $12,127
Certified Used Price: $14,776
MPG (city/highway): 24/29

2005 Toyota RAV4

2005 Toyota RAV4

Toyota’s smallest sport utility vehicle received a face-lift for the 2004 model year and gained a larger and more powerful four-cylinder. Safety features were also emphasized in 2005. Competing against such SUVs as the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V, the RAV4 may be equipped with either front or all-wheel drive.  As is typical for the entire Toyota line, the RAV4 consistently tops its class for its mix of functionality, fuel-friendliness and value.

2007 Honda Pilot LX

Price When New: $27,690
Dealer Used Price: $17,209
Private Party Price: $16,284
Certified Used Price: $18,428
MPG (city/highway): 18/24

2007 Honda Pilot LX

2007 Honda Pilot LX

Although it gets knocked often for un-Honda-like fuel inefficiency, the Pilot seats eight, hauls 3,500 pounds and has 48 cubic feet of cargo room behind the second seat for those that need to do serious hauling.  The 2007 Honda Pilot is available in three trim levels: the base LX, the EX and the EX-L. If you can live without some of the luxury extras of the upper trimmed Pilots , you can save some dough and still get a great people hauler that is backed by Honda’s history of solid engineering and reliability.

2006 Volkswagen Golf GL

Price When New: $16,440
Dealer Used Price: $10,995
Private Party Price: $10,278
Certified Used Price: $11,878
MPG (city/highway): 24/30

2006 Volkswagen Golf GL

2006 Volkswagen Golf GL

VW’s versatile hatchback is safe and solidly built and can haul lots of gear despite its smaller footprint.  The availability of the increasingly popular diesel engine here in America is a practical choice for economy-minded drivers.  But even the normal gas sipping 4-cylinder gets 24 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.

2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS

Price When New: $18,970
Dealer Used Price: $11,576
Private Party Price: $10,838
Certified Used Price: $13,171
MPG (city/highway): 24/33

2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS

2007 Hyundai Sonata GLS

This two-time Best in Class winner was a big reason Hyundai went forward with the new Genesis.  It is also a strong competitor to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry, although with a much lower price tag.  Redesigned the year before, the revised ’07 came with a new Ultra Low Emission Vehicle rating for the engines and a five-star crash safety rating. 

2006 Acura TL

Price When New: $33,995
Dealer Used Price: $21,162
Private Party Price: $19,812
Certified Used Price: $23,019
MPG (city/highway): 20/29

2006 Acura TL

2006 Acura TL

Honda’s entry-luxury nameplate delivers quality and reliability.  The midsize sedan was redesigned in 2004 with a more powerful 3.2-liter V-6 engine.  The TL won Best in Class two years running with stellar resale values, standard safety features and fuel-efficient performance.  In addition to greater performance, many feel the older TL is far more attractive than the current model and its chromed-out shield grille.

2006 Pontiac Vibe

Price When New: $17,675
Dealer Used Price: $10,227
Private Party Price: $9,548
Certified Used Price: $10,880
MPG (city/highway): 25/31

2006 Pontiac Vibe

2006 Pontiac Vibe

Not only is now a great time to buy a new Pontiac for next-to-nothing, but the GM twin of the Toyota Matrix costs less as a used car as well.  Thanks to its shared underpinnings with the Matrix, even after Pontiac closes for good, parts  should be plentiful.  Pontiac’s crossover wagon has 19 cubic feet of cargo space and comes with a choice of four-cylinder engines including a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that gets 30 miles to the gallon in the city and 36 on the highway.

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7 Responses

  1. SpeedFlux says:

    If i have money, i’ll buy 2006 Acura TL, the car looks great.

  2. lojasmo says:

    That’s not a 2006 golf. That’s a MKIII. 2006 was MKIV.

  3. Huh says:

    Where do you find an ’06 Vibe that looks like that? All the ones on eBay are ugly!

  4. Cheapest Cars says:

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  5. sodi says:

    thank you for helping me to find out the top ten used cars.

    Please keep me posted every time you have list of top ten selling used cars.

  6. Joseph nkuranga says:

    i want that rav4 on cheap price.thax

  7. CarCoches says:

    Toyota RAV4 mated to 4WD and manual transmission, the engine offers 0-100 km/h acceleration in 10.5 seconds and a maximum speed of 185 km/h. Multidrive S transmission delivers 0-100 km/h acceleration in 11.0 seconds.