For many folks these days, the decision to consider used family cars in lieu of brand new vehicles is based on practical reasons. People generally want to hold on more to their hard earned cash and turn to second-hand purchases. But second-hand doesn’t have to be second-rate because, with due diligence, one can find previously owned automobiles that provide great value for money. Check out the list of 8 used cars below that just might fit your family’s transport needs.
Ford Focus (2004 - 2009)
The Ford Focus is a replacement to the company’s Escort model and was first introduced in mid 1998. An all-new Mk 2 2nd generation design was launched in 2004 and is still used for the current model. Ford has been lauded for noteworthy improvements to the Focus for safety features, and interior and exterior styling.
Toyota Camry (2002 - 2005)
The Toyota Camry has consistently earned honors as a best seller over the last 10 years. It is one of the most sought after used vehicles today because this mid-size family sedan offers a spacious interior and highly-dependable performance. Incidentally, Toyota developed their Highlander SUV using the 2005 Camry platform.
Honda Accord (2002)
The Honda Accord has, so far, gone through a total of eight generations from 1976 up to the present. Honda, as a company, has made its mark in the auto industry for producing very reliable cars. The 2002 Honda Accord features sporty styling plus great fuel economy for its class.
Mazda 626 (2002)
Reliability and a very attractive price tag are what the 2002 Mazda 626 has to offer for the budget conscious buyer. The 626 doesn’t have the most powerful engine when set side by side with other vehicles in its class, but it does handle very well, and features a spacious and comfortable interior.
Chevrolet Malibu MAXX LS (2004 – 2005)
Chevrolet’s 6th generation Malibu was a comeback of sorts for General Motors. This car proved that GM was still capable of coming out with cars that could rival the reigning Toyotas and Hondas back then. The 2004/2005 Chevrolet Malibu MAXX LS offers space, utility and dynamic styling in a modernized station wagon body.
Volvo XC90 (2007 – 2009)
The Volvo XC90 mid-size SUV has a lot to offer in terms of driver, passenger and pedestrian safety. As of course, Volvo is generally known for -- impact-absorbing crumple zones, heavily reinforced roof, whiplash protection, Roll Stability Control -- everything for your peace of mind.
Cadillac Escalade (2003)
The 2003 Cadillac Escalade is a full size, luxury, sport utility vehicle. It’s roomy enough to accommodate 7 passengers comfortably. Knowing that you have the pulling power of 285 horses at your command will make family road trips even more enjoyable. The ’03 model comes with StabiliTrak stability control, and power-adjustable pedals for convenience.
Buick Enclave (2008 – 2009)
A cavernous cargo area and seating for 8 makes the ‘08/’09 Buick Enclave crossover SUV a practical choice for large families who enjoy frequent trips out of town. Exterior styling is car-like and it offers good fuel economy for its size.