Buying a new car is usually a huge investment for most people, as they are usually much more expensive than their second hand counterparts and after buying, will depreciate faster than a rock falling down from a skyscraper. Therefore, most of the consumers in the market for a car usually looks for second-hand models as it’s a less of an economical decision, and sometimes, conceding that you purchase just the correct car at the correct time, it’ll rise in price in a few years time.
However, there lies the risk in buying a used vehicle, which comes in the form of hidden troubles. Generally, if you look for popular used models and inspect the car properly, it can be trouble free for a long time, but this advice varies widely, according to what ‘popular used model’ you look for. Therefore, I have, sourced from multiple sites, compiled a list of the most popular used cars in the U.S. Market, for my own purposes and hopefully it can aid you along the way in choosing just the ideal car.
Before we even start, a rivalry immediate emerges. Two of the most popular used cars on the market in the US are the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord..It’s no wonder, really, they’re both rugged, reliable and ready for any task you throw at them, sure, they aren’t driving machines, but for someone just looking for a car to drive that won’t let you down, both of them are high up on the list. Something to note though, in their sub par models, the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla, the Toyota seems to be more popular while the Honda Accord just so slightly gravitates over the Toyota Camry. The Chevrolet Impala and Nissan Altima lags behind the leaders of the pack.
In the luxury car market, it seems like the Lexus LS series scores the hit. It’s a very posh car and one of the most technologically advanced vehicle Toyota has made to this date. Not only that, according to a survey, no other luxury cars, such as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5-series can come close with the legendary reliability of the LS, it’s a wonder as to why it’s not as popular as it should be. The next closest car to the LS is the Nissan Maxima, Nissan’s in house luxury sports cruiser.
Superior to anything else is the Ford F-Series. It IS the best selling car in America for 32 years, in fact, they sell one roughly every 30 seconds. Amazing, and it’s no wonder, you get a lot of bang for your buck, with the F-150 being the ‘base’ model yet still being powered by a burly V8. The Chevrolet counterpart to the F is the Silverado, which, when compared to the F is a flop, selling only 1 unit per minute, approximately.
Dominating the list for full-sized SUVs is the Lexus LX470, otherwise known as the Toyota Land Cruiser. It is blessed with the renowned Toyota dependability while still being able to hold it’s own in rough terrains. The American counterparts, namely the Chevrolet Suburban and Ford Excursion can’t quite compete with the LX yet. For compact SUVs, the Ford Escape floats above the Honda CR-V and the Toyota Highlander.
In the sports car market, nothing can quite compete with the well acclaimed Ford Mustang. It’s been around since 1960, and they’re still making it to this date. The Chevrolet Camaro just can’t quite cut it competing with the Ford Mustang in terms of market sales, but we reckon you can’t go wrong with any of them. For hatchback models, nothing can quite come close to the Ford Focus. However, I’d give the Volkswagen Golf a fair shot at taking down the Focus.
After looking at the above, you might notice something is missing. Where are the European titans? Well, the answer is, other than the BMW 3-Series and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, they simply aren’t on the list. This is a good indicator that prestige doesn’t necessarily equate to long-lasting and dependable. The people want a rugged and reliable car, European models can’t quite cut it. A honorable mention would be the Volvo S60, a very fun and often underlooked sports sedan
In the end, it seems like Toyota has dominated the list again. Although the list will certainly change overtime because the sample used grows in size gradually, so far, it stands that Toyota will be your best bet if you’re looking for a dependable car. However, Honda is slowly but surely crawling its way onto the crown spot.