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Consumer Reports’ Used-Car Reliability Survey Finds Some Used Cars Have Fewer Problems Than New Models

Late-model used vehicles offer more car for the money

YONKERS, N.Y. Feb. 28, 2011 Consumer Reports’

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Overall, Japanese cars are the most trouble-free, with Honda and Toyota far ahead compared with older vehicles made by other major manufacturers—especially 2006 (five-year old) and earlier models.

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Some models have an alarming problem rate even when they’re still fairly new. More than one in four owners of the 2009 four-cylinder Toyota Tacoma pickup reported a problem with the radio in the 12 months covered by the survey. For now, it’s being replaced free under Toyota’s basic warranty, which expires after three years or 36,000 miles.

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Best Used Small Car :  Honda Fit

Best Used Family Car :  Toyota Prius

Best Used Upscale Car : Lexus ES

Best Used Luxury Car : Acura RL

Best Used Sport & Sporty Car : Mazda MX-5 Miata

Best Used Minivan : Toyota Sienna

Best Used Small SUV : Honda CR-V

Best Used Midsized & Large SUV : Toyota Highlander

Best Used Pickup Truck : Honda Ridgeline

The issue also identifies models that have had multiple years of below-average reliability in the Worst of the Worst list.  The Used Cars to Avoid list highlights specific models and the years that they had below-average reliability.

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APRIL 2011

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