Thinking of buying an American-made vehicle? Don’t just focus on the year. Look into the gas mileage, safety ratings and many other factors. The list below should help guide you to find the right used vehicle based on your needs!
1) The Daily Commuter: Ford Fusion
The 2010 Ford Fusion sports a higher level of fuel efficiency than most similar used cars. With this vehicle, you can achieve 41 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway if you choose the hybrid model. The 2010 model is particularly interesting, as it was one of the first mid-sized sedan hybrids to get strong feedback.
Regular commuters will love the hybrid Ford Fusion. According to FuelEconomy.gov, the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid FWD will save $2,000 more in gas than a 2017 Ford Fusion FWD (non-hybrid, 1.5L). This stat factors 15,000 miles driven per year for five years (55 percent in the city).
2) The Family Vehicle: Honda CR-V
The Honda CR-V is a fantastic pick for families looking to get good fuel efficiency in a slightly larger, safer vehicle. Since 2009, the CR-V has been the top-ranking crossover SUV by J.D. Power’s ranking standards.
The 2010 Honda CR-V offers 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway. The interior is spacious and the back seats fold, providing up to 72.9 cubic feet of cargo space. Furthermore, even the 2010 model can include an automatic sunroof, leather seats (heated in the front), a backup camera and a navigation system.
3) The Beastly SUV: Dodge Durango
If you are one of the rare “soccer dads,” finding the perfect SUV is a challenge, but the Dodge Durango really seems like a perfect fit. There are so many reasons why it’s worth the investment — especially when you go a bit newer, such as the 2015 model.
Want a Beats by Dre audio system in your car? Well, that’s an option with the Dodge Durango. What about performance? You can grab a 2015 Durango with a V8 engine, tow up to 3,356 kg (7,400 lbs) and rule the road with 290 hp. The R/T model is even more intimidating, as it rocks 360 hp and comes in 4WD.
4) The Sports Car: Ford Mustang
The infamous Ford Mustang is the top affordable sports car in the past 10 years. The 2010 Ford Mustang is affordable and rocks a 9.7 out of 10 safety rating from J.D. Power.
This car is a great choice if you can drive standard. It’s more than a sporty vibe — it’s a true road racer, hitting 0 to 60 in 4.9 seconds on the GT model. If you’re fortunate enough to scoop a Shelby GT500 model, this stat cuts to an impressive 4.5 seconds.
5) The Versatile Truck: Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 is a true American truck, which receives top ratings every single year. You will see approximately 11-17 mpg in the city and 16-23 mpg on the highway for any model from 2014 or before. The newer models offer 15-19 mpg in the city and 21-26 mpg on the highway, making it a highly fuel-efficient truck.
The 2015 model will be the best choice if you want to stay affordable but reap all the rewards of owning an F-150. In five years of driving 15,000 miles annually, with 55 percent being in the city, the 2015 F-150 costs $1,500 less in gas than the 2014 version. Plus, you have tremendous towing power — up to 5,533 kg (12,200 lbs).
Buying a used car doesn’t have to be difficult. You just need to know the best models by vehicle type within your price range. The appropriate year will be an afterthought, as you will already have an idea on the age window based on what you can afford. If you’re shopping the market now, start your journey with this list of American-made vehicles first! You can find great deals on them, and other great used cars, on ClassifiedAds.com.