What Are the Best Used Cars?

Used Cars Lined Up on Pavement

Buying a used car always involves some degree of uncertainty, but if you do your research, and you purchase your next used car from Suntrup Automotive Group, you know you’ll get a high quality used car, whether you need a small and sporty luxury car from makes like INFINITI or a family-friendly 7 passenger vehicle. One of the most important things to consider when buying a used car, from a financial standpoint, is reliability. Choosing a vehicle from a brand that consistently ranks high in used car reliability scores can help you save money on long-term service costs. What are the best used cars to buy? That’s what we’re here to help you find out.


Why Buy a Used Car?

Before we tackle the questions of what the best used car makes are and give you some ideas of the most reliable used cars, we should touch upon why to buy a used car vs. a new car. The average new vehicle in the United States now costs over $36,000. The average used car price in the United States is currently a little over $20,000.

As you can see, buying used can be a fantastic way to save money. Buying a used car comes with trade-offs, though, including potential unexpected out-of-warranty service costs. To mitigate the impact of those, talk to someone at our finance center about available extended warranty coverage.


Best Used Cars by Price

Shopping for used vehicles in the St. Charles area can be frustrating due to the overwhelming amount of options available. To help you narrow down your search for what kind of vehicle best fits your budget, Suntrup Automotive Group has compiled a list of some best used cars by price. Learn what type of car will best fit your budget, and then visit Suntrup Automotive Group to explore our used inventory at your convenience.


Best Used Cars Under $10,000

When searching for the best used cars by price, finding a good-quality vehicle under $10,000 in the St. Peters is always a great deal. Here are some of the best used car brands and types that you can find for under $10,000:

Subcompact & Compact

  • Mazda3 (2011-2014)
  • Nissan Leaf (2011-2013), (2015)

Subcompact

  • Honda Fit (2011-2013)
  • Toyota Prius C (2012-2014)

Compact

  • Toyota Corolla (2010-2014)
  • Toyota Prius (2010-2012)

Midsize & Large:

  • Mazda6 (2010)
  • Toyota Avalon (2010-2011)
  • Toyota Camry (2010-2012)

Luxury

  • Acura TL (2010)
  • Acura TSX (2010-2011)
  • Lexus CT200h (2011)
  • Lexus ES (2010)

Sports Cars/Convertibles

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata (2011-2012)

Wagons & Minivans

  • Toyota Venza (2010)

Small SUVs

  • Toyota RAV4 (2010-2011)

Best Used Cars for $10,000-$15,000

When shopping for used cars in the Arnold area, you’ll find that you don’t have to sacrifice quality for a lower price. Here are some of the best used car brands and types between $10,000-$15,000:

Subcompact

  • Honda Fit (2016-2017)

Compact

  • Toyota Corolla (2015-2017)
  • Mazda3 (2015-2016)
  • Nissan Leaf (2016-2017)
  • Toyota Prius (2013-2015)

Midsize & Large

  • Toyota Camry (2013-2015)
  • Toyota Avalon (2012-2014)

Luxury

  • Acura TSX (2012-2013)
  • Acura TL (2012-2013)
  • Lexus CT 200h (2012-2013)
  • Lexus ES (2011-2013)
  • Lexus LS (2010)

Wagons & Minivans

  • Toyota Prius V (2012-2014)
  • Toyota Venza (2011-2014)
  • Volvo XC70 (2012-2013)

Sports Cars/Convertibles

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata (2012-2014)

Small SUVs

  • Toyota RAV4 (2012-2014)
  • Mazda CX-5 (2013-2015)

Midsize & Large SUVs

  • Lexus RX (2010-2011)
  • Toyota Highlander (2010-2012)

Pickup Trucks

  • Toyota Tundra (2010-2012)

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Used cars on a car lot

Best Used Cars for $15,000-$20,000

For those that want to spend a little more on a used vehicle, here are the best car brands and types between $15,000-$20,000:

Subcompact

  • Honda Fit (2018-2019)

Compact

  • Toyota Prius (2016-2017)
  • Mazda3 (2017-2018)
  • Toyota Corolla (2018)

Midsize & Large

  • Toyota Avalon (2015-2016)
  • Toyota Camry (2016-2017)

Luxury

  • BMW i3 (2017)
  • Acura TL (2014)
  • Lexus CT 200h (2015)
  • Lexus EX (2014-2015)
  • Lexus GS (2013)
  • Lexus IS (2014)
  • Lexus LS (2011-2012)

Wagons & Minivans

  • Toyota Venza (2015)
  • Toyota Prius V (2015-2016)
  • Volvo XC70 (2015)

Sports Cars/Convertibles

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata (2015-2017)

Compact SUVs

  • Nissan Rogue Sport (2017-2019)
  • Mazda CX-5 (2016-2017)
  • Toyota RAV4 (2015-2018)

Midsize & Large SUVs

  • Toyota 4Runner (2010-2012)
  • Lexus RX (2012-2014)
  • Toyota Highlander (2013-2014)

Pickup Trucks

  • Toyota Tundra (2013-2015)

Best Used Cars for $20,000-$25,000

Moving up on price, here are the best used car brands and types between $20,000-$25,000:

Compact

  • Toyota Prius (2018-2019)
  • Toyota Prius Prime (2017-2018)

Midsize & Large

  • Toyota Avalon (2017-2018)
  • Toyota Camry (2018-2019)

Luxury

  • Lexus LS (2013)
  • Lexus ES (2016)
  • Lexus GS (2014-2015)
  • Lexus IS (2015-2016)

Sports Cars/Convertibles

  • Mazda MX-5 Miata (2018-2019)

Wagons & Minivans

  • Toyota Prius V (2017)
  • Volvo CX70 (2016)

Compact SUVs

  • Mazda CX-5 (2018-2019)
  • Audi Q3 (2016)

Midsize & Large SUVs

  • Toyota Highlander (2015-2016)
  • Lexus NX (2015)
  • Lexus RX (2015)
  • Toyota 4Runner (2013-2015)

Pickup Trucks

  • Toyota Tundra (2016)

Best Used Cars for $25,000-$30,000

For those that are looking for the most out of their St. Louis car-shopping experience, here are the best used car brands and types between $25,000-$30,000:

Compact

  • Toyota Prius Prime (2019)

Midsize & Large

  • Toyota Avalon (2019)

Luxury

  • Lexus ES (2017)
  • Lexus GS (2016)
  • Lexus IS (2017)
  • Lexus LS (2014)

Small SUVs

  • Audi Q3 (2017-2018)

Midsize & Large SUVs

  • Lexus RX (2016)
  • Lexus GX (2014-2015)
  • Lexus NX (2016-2017)
  • Toyota 4Runner (2016-2107)
  • Toyota Highlander (2017-2018)

Pickup Trucks

  • Toyota Tundra (2018)

Find a Used Car at Suntrup Automotive Group Today!

Want to learn more about what the best used cars are for your particular needs, from budget to reliability to driving demeanor and upkeep? Get in touch with Suntrup Automotive Group and we’ll be happy to further assist you in finding the perfect pre-owned vehicle near Arnold by walking you through what to look for in a used car. Before you shop, be sure to check out our pre-owned vehicle specials and inventory of low mileage used cars.


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