Jul 22, 2021

Best Used Cars for 2021

When you have a clear budget in mind, finding your next car becomes a whole lot easier. This way, you can focus on securing the right car for your lifestyle, whether that means trips to the beach in a cool hatchback, a family car that can handle regular routes and daily errands, or a sleek sedan for your new job in the city.

To help you find the right vehicle for you, we've compiled a list of the 60 best cars for the money, based on CarMax sales and average pricing data from December 1, 2020, through May 31, 2021.

These cars are listed by average prices, ranging from $10,000 to over $35,000.1 Please be aware that some trim levels and select model years may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average prices.

$10,000-$15,000
  1. Nissan Sentra
  2. Hyundai Elantra
  3. Chevrolet Cruze
  4. Volkswagen Jetta
  5. Kia Soul
  6. Ford Focus
  7. Kia Forte
  8. Nissan Versa
  9. Ford Fiesta
  10. Honda Fit
$15,000-$20,000
  1. Honda Civic
  2. Nissan Altima
  3. Toyota Camry
  4. Toyota Corolla
  5. Honda Accord
  6. Chevrolet Malibu
  7. Hyundai Sonata
  8. Ford Fusion
  9. Kia Optima
  10. Mazda Mazda3
$20,000-$25,000
  1. Mercedes-Benz C300
  2. Subaru Outback
  3. Ford Mustang
  4. Infiniti Q50
  5. Lexus ES 350
  6. Nissan Maxima
  7. Chrysler 300
  8. Audi A4
  9. BMW 320 Series
  10. Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
$25,000-$30,000
  1. Dodge Charger
  2. Dodge Challenger
  3. Chevrolet Camaro
  4. BMW 330
  5. Lexus NX 200T
  6. Audi A6
  7. Subaru WRX
  8. Genesis G80
  9. Lexus IS 300
  10. Lexus GS 350
$30,000-$35,000
  1. Mercedes-Benz E300
  2. BMW 530
  3. Audi A5
  4. Infiniti Q60
  5. BMW 530e Plug-In Hybrid
  6. Kia Stinger
  7. Mercedes-Benz A220
  8. Lincoln Continental
  9. Lexus RC 350
  10. Genesis G70
Over $35,000
  1. Chevrolet Corvette
  2. BMW 540
  3. Audi S5
  4. Mercedes-Benz S550
  5. Mercedes-Benz E400
  6. Tesla Model 3
  7. Jaguar F-Type
  8. Porsche Panamera
  9. Genesis G90
  10. Mercedes-Benz C43 AMG
As a budget-conscious car shopper, it can be gratifying to realize you don't need to compromise. No matter the price point, you can still find the right vehicle for you with the comforts and conveniences your lifestyle requires.

From college semesters to a relaxing life in retirement, a capable car that can take you from weekends with your crew to weekday appointments may fit the bill. Try the Honda Civic, Mazda Mazda 3, or Toyota Corolla for a car that's fun when it wants to be, yet is still a sensible choice for daily driving.

If you're raising a growing family or sharing driving duties with roommates, finding a vehicle that has versatility and passenger comforts is a must. The Honda Fit and Kia Soul are compact wonders, offering spacious seating for passengers or extendable cargo space if needed.

The wagon-style Subaru Outback is a comfortable and elegant vehicle that has the flexibility and space to handle busy household schedules. If you need lots of room, an SUV could serve you well. The Lexus NX 200t boasts luxurious comfort for five passengers across all model years, along with a range of great features.

How about spoiling yourself with a sleek sedan for your commute into the city? Taking you from day to night with ease, an elegant sedan can ensure that your daily drive runs smoothly, and that your after-work plans have a next-level finesse. Take a look at the Audi A4, Infiniti Q50, and Genesis G80 for a head-turning sedan that's popular with passengers and drivers alike.

Source : https://www.carmax.com/articles/best-cars-for-the-money

With so many models on the market and new designs being introduced all the time, it’s hard to know where to start when choosing a car. It’s so confusing that many people just buy the same model again — if they liked the last one — ignoring new and better choices. Others take recommendations from friends or buy something that catches their eye with sleek design or clever advertising.

There’s a much better way to pick the right car, a practical approach that also allows room for some fun.

Here’s an overview of the process:
  • Figure out what you need.
  • Set your budget.
  • Use a car finder tool to match your needs and budget to the market.
  • Test drive at least three cars.
  • Review your research and make a decision.
Let’s take a closer look at each step.

Figure out what you need
Be honest now: How often do you really go to the mountains or pull a trailer or carry lumber? If you try to get something that does everything, you’ll end up buying too much car and paying dearly for it.

In life, there are needs and wants. When picking a car, start by understanding whether you even need a car. If so, move on to narrowing down what kind you need. Write out those needs on a piece of paper. If you follow the list, your needs will lead you to the right car, which increasingly these days might be an electric vehicle.

If you have a big family and need room for six passengers, your choice could be a no-brainer. If you’re single and like to go off-roading on the weekend, it’ll be obvious you need a four-wheel-drive vehicle.

But maybe you’re like a large section of the population: You want a car to be a kind of Swiss Army knife that prepares you for anything. In that case, prioritize. Usually, you'll find there’s one thing you need 80% of the time. For example, most people use their car for commuting or picking up the kids from school. Write the primary use at the top of that “needs” list and view the rest more as “wants.”

Set your budget
Unless you’ve got a pile of cash lying around, you’ll probably need to take out a car loan. It’s smart to keep your total monthly car expenses — payment, insurance, fuel, maintenance, repairs, registration — to 20% or less of your monthly take-home pay. Use a car loan calculator to find out what purchase price will provide a monthly payment that comfortably fits into your budget. Avoid the temptation to stretch the loan past 60 months (five years) just to buy a more expensive car.

Use a car finder tool
Many automotive websites, such as Autotrader or Kelley Blue Book, have tools that allow you to filter your search by price, vehicle category and even options. Build a target list of five cars to research by reading reviews from automotive experts and owners.

Even if you’re firmly convinced that you know what you want, it’s important to look at competing models. The market is so crowded these days, it’s easy to overlook a model that might better suit your needs than your initial top pick. Don’t rush this part of the process, because once you get a new car, you’ll have to live with it for years.

If you have trouble comparing competing cars, you can use the Edmunds Compare Cars tool, which presents features and specs in an easy-to-view table for side-by-side comparison. Based on your research, narrow the field to three cars.

Test driving: The feel of the wheel
Car salespeople like to say, “The feel of the wheel will seal the deal.” There’s a lot of truth in this, and yet you might be hesitant to test drive your choices. It’s a hassle schlepping to a car lot and fending off eager sales staff.

Here’s an easy way to get the job done: Set aside a morning, preferably on a weekday, when car lots are empty, and call a dealership’s internet department. Tell the internet manager you want to schedule a test drive, but you won’t be buying on the spot because you’re still comparing different models. Drive your three target cars back-to-back so all your impressions are fresh in your mind.

Review your research and make a decision
After your test drives, leave the dealership. If you’re still undecided, go back to the car finder and pull in a new candidate. But if your decision is obvious, you can move on to the deal-making phase.

Whether you’re aware of it or not, your emotions and intuition will play a part in your choice. There’s nothing wrong with that — have a good time. But don’t let your feelings run away with you. Cover the practical bases first, and then open the door to the fun factor. Then you’ll have a car that you enjoy and that serves your needs.

Source : https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/loans/auto-loans/pick-right-car

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