11 best used cars for your money right now

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11 best used cars for your money right now
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Americans are paying an average car payment of about $479 a month for a new car right now — or about $5,748 a year, according to Edmunds.com.

For most Americans, that’s a lot of money, especially if you’re already paying off other debts and trying to save at the same time.

So if you’re looking to buy a car on a budget, buying used is the way to go! According to Kelley Blue Book, with a lot of vehicles coming off lease, prices have been dropping and are expected to continue to drop.

Based on KBB’s price trend forecast of all used cars, Kiplinger has put together a list of the best used cars for your money right now. The list takes into consideration used cars that are ‘two and four years old that scored well for performance, value and safety in Kiplinger’s ranking when they were new — and have proven reliable since.’

Read more: Step-by-step guide on choosing & buying the best car for you

11 best used cars for your money right now

2013 Toyota Prius

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $22,374 (Two)
  • Certified used price: $16,316
  • Dealer used price: $15,366
  • Private-party price: $12,916
  • MPG (city/highway): 51/48
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick

2014 Mazda 3

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $19,166 (Touring, 2.5 liter)
  • Certified used price: $17,900
  • Dealer used price: $17,050
  • Private-party price: $14,837
  • MPG (city/highway): 28/38
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick Plus

2014 Toyota Camry

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $21,734 (SE)
  • Certified used price: $16,533
  • Dealer used price: $16,033
  • Private-party price: $13,471
  • MPG (city/highway): 25/35
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick

2014 Kia Soul

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $17,120 (Plus)
  • Certified used price: $14,880
  • Dealer used price: $14,880
  • Private-party price: $12,265
  • MPG (city/highway): 23/31
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick

2014 Mazda CX-5

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $23,790 (Touring, FWD)
  • Certified used price: $21,973
  • Dealer used price: $21,123
  • Private-party price: $18,146
  • MPG (city/highway): 25/32
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick Plus

2015 Audi Q5

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $35,046 (Touring, FWD)
  • Certified used price: $32,228
  • Dealer used price: $30,828
  • Private-party price: $26,970
  • MPG (city/highway):: 20/28
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick

2013 Lexus RX 350

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $36,428 (FWD)
  • Certified used price: $30,537
  • Dealer used price: $29,037
  • Private-party price: $25,497
  • MPG (city/highway): 18/25
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick

2013 Mercedes E-Class

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $43,790 (E350)
  • Certified used price: $28,395
  • Dealer used price: $27,395
  • Private-party price: $23,514
  • MPG (city/highway): 20/30
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick

2013 Acura MDX

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $43,352 (Premium)
  • Certified used price: $30,211
  • Dealer used price: $29,511
  • Private-party price: $25,905
  • MPG (city/highway): 16/21
  • IIHS Rating: Top Safety Pick

2014 Chevrolet Tahoe

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $41,204 (LS, AWD)
  • Certified used price: $31,894
  • Dealer used price: $31,294
  • Private-party price: $27,658
  • MPG (city/highway): 15/21
  • IIHS Rating: Not rated

2014 Ford Mustang GT Convertible

best used cars for your money

  • Price when new: $37,000 (Premium)
  • Certified used price: $26,680
  • Dealer used price: $25,880
  • Private-party price: $22,563
  • MPG (city/highway): 18/25
  • IIHS Rating: good

Read more: Best used cars under $10,000 and $15,000

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Alex is the Managing Editor of Clark.com and host of Common Cents, a series that makes money simple. By breaking down complicated concepts, Alex shows you how to better understand your money and make smarter decisions — so you can take control of your own life and future! Learn more here.
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