Best Used Cars for Anyone's Budget

Are you in the market for a vehicle but don't have much to spend? Buying a used car is a great alternative and can save you thousands of dollars right out the gate.

New cars depreciate about 27% after the first year of ownership and after three years a vehicle is only worth about half of the original sticker price. This is why buying a used car is a great alternative.

You can normally buy a late model vehicle, with the same bells-and-whistles, for a few thousand less than what it would cost brand new. However, picking out a safe and reliable vehicle from the thousands of undependable used cars out there has never been an easy task.

Consumer Reports compiled a list of the best small cars, sedans, and SUVs that will fit in your budget and are least likely to breakdown leaving you with hundreds of dollars in repair bills. They've tested each vehicle when it was new and each one performed "above average" in their latest Annual Auto Survey for the model years shown. Before you go car shopping, check out the list below.

The Best Used Cars For Any Budget

Best Small Cars Under $10,000
2008 Mazda 3 s
2005 - 2008 Pontiac Vibe
2007 - 2009 Volkswagen Rabbit
Best Sedans Under $10,000
2005 Acura TL
2005 Acura TSX
2005 Toyota Avalon
2006 - 2008 Hyundai Sonata 4-Cylinder
2007 - 2008 Kia Optima 4-Cylinder
Best SUVs Under $10,000
2005 Honda CR-V
2007 Mitsubishi Outlander
2006 Honda Pilot
Best Small Cars Between $10,000 - $15,000
2010 Subaru Impreza
2010 - 2012 Kia Soul
Best Sedans Between $10,000 - $15,000
2006 - 2007 Infiniti G35
2005 - 2006 Acura RL
Best SUVs Between $10,000 - $15,000
2005 - 2006 Acura MDX
2005 - 2007 Toyota Highlander V6
Best Small Cars Between $15,000 - $20,000
2010 - 2013 Toyota Prius
2013 - 2014 Hyundai Elantra
2013 - 2014 Honda Civic
Best Sedans Between $15,000 - $20,000
2008 - 2012 Honda Accord
2010 - 2012 Toyota Camry
2007 - 2008 Lexus ES
Best SUVs Between $15,000 - $20,000
2006 - 2008 Lexus RX
2009 -2011 Toyota RAV4
Best Sedans Between $20,000 - $25,000
2012 - 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid
2009 Infiniti M
Best SUVs Between $20,000 - $25,000
2006 - 2007 Lexus GX
2001 - 2012 Nissan Murano
2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

If you're in the market for a used car, I recommend using an online listing service like Edmunds and TrueCar to research and compare vehicles online. These sites will allow you to see what others are paying for the same vehicle you're considering in your local area. You can even request a free no-obligation price quote from a dealership once you find a vehicle you'd like to purchase.