As owners hold on to their vehicles longer, fewer late-model used cars are available for sale, resulting in a limited supply and higher prices.
To help consumers choose the best used car for their money, Consumer Reports has compiled a Best & Worst Used Cars list for model years 2003 through 2012.
The full report highlights the best sedans, SUVs and small cars available in four price ranges from $10,000 or less up to $25,000.
Most gas/electric hybrid cars have shown superior reliability in the past decade. The Honda Civic Hybrid is an exception, according to Consumer Reports' latest Annual Auto Survey. Almost one in five owners of the 2009 model year Civic Hybrid needed a replacement battery during the 12-month survey period.
The following cars made Consumer Reports' list of best used cars in the $15,000 to $20,000 price range:
- Small cars: 2010-11 Toyota Prius and 2011-12 Hyundai Elantra (sedan)
- Sedans: 2011-12 Toyota Camry (4 cylinder) and 2006-07 Infiniti M
- SUVs: 2007-08 Honda Pilot and 2009 Mazda CX-9
The full report is available at http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2012/04/best-and-worst-used-cars/index.htm.