In what will likely come as a surprise to many the Consumers Reports list of the ‘Best Used Cars’ is not topped by a Honda. Or a Toyota.
Nope. This year, a 2009 Pontiac Vibe takes the title of ‘Best Used Car’ despite the fact General motors did away with the Pontiac brand a few years ago. Of course, because the brand doesn’t exist any more is part of what makes a used Pontiac Vibe such a great deal for consumers. The car is highly rated for performance, quality and mileage and since the Pontiac brand is discontinued, they are also pretty inexpensive comparatively. In fact, Consumer Reports says you are likely to score one for less than $10,000.
Of course you can also find a few Honda’s and Toyota’s, a Hyundai and even the Mazda CX-9 on the Consumer Reports ‘Best Used Cars’ list. These cars known to hold their resale value for longer than most American cars. They are also better quality, better performance and better mileage cars (even used) than most newly built American cars on the market right now.
Now, we’re Americans and we love America just as much as you do, but until American manufacturers start building quality, sensible vehicles for the average consumer (who want performance, and quality) not just ‘muscle cars’ they simply are not going to be as in-demand second hand as more imports.
As an example of this, 12 of the 20 ‘worst cars’ on the Consumer Reports list are American made.