Part 1: Top 10 Cars to Buy New Over Used

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Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

 

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, Automotive Editor - April 17, 2015

You can save some money buying used, but does doing so really offer the best value for your dollar?

Should I buy a new car or a used car? That's a question we receive almost as often as whether to buy or lease a new car, truck or crossover. Some car shoppers would rather buy used, while some would rather buy new. Those who prefer buying used might feel that doing so will save them money. Shoppers who insist on only buying new might feel that it offers the best way to avert risk with problems that might arise down the line. But taking both views into account, which offers the best value for your hard-earned dollar? We take a look at ten common examples in which buying a new 2015 model makes more sense than buying a used 2014 model.& One more thing: we'll also offer price ranges of used 2015 models.

Here's the first batch of our 2-part series (Part 2 will be published Monday, April 20, 2015).

Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V continues to be the undisputed king of compact crossovers, regardless of whether we're talking about a 2014 or 2015 model. It offers the best blend of utility, quality and fuel efficiency. Does it offer the sportiest ride in its class? No, that title belongs to the Mazda CX-5. Regardless, nine times out of ten, we'd opt for the CR-V. But which model year would we choose? The 2015, of course. For only a little more scratch, you can own a newer 2015 model that features significant updates over the 2014, including sharper, more upscale styling, more torque, better fuel economy and updated safety features.

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Chevrolet Impala

We're not trying to hide the fact that a used 2014 Impala can be had for five figures less. But let's be honest: the 2015 is leagues above the 2014 in terms of quality, performance and features. You could always get a 2014, but before doing so, we implore you to test-drive the new 2015--arguably the best full-size sedan currently on the market. Used versions of the 2015 are available, but again, we suggest opting for new, especially with the current deals.

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Range Rover

This might initially throw you for a loop, but the Land Rover Range Rover is an exceptional vehicle and holds its value extremely well. All the more reason to opt for a new 2015 model, especially since the difference in price is minimal. What's not minimal is the highly priced and equally-coveted Autobiography Edition, which comes with a roaring 510-hp 5.0L Supercharged V8.

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Toyota Corolla

The Corolla. It's the blue-chip stock of the automotive world, offering up oodles of value and a rock-solid track record for efficiency and reliability. And with improved deals this month, the value needle has moved closer to a brand-new 2015 model than the older 2014.

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Toyota Tacoma

It's no secret: Toyota vehicles generally hold their value extremely well, regardless of age. That case is also true with the current leader in the smaller midsize truck class. The 2015 Tacoma starts off with a base price of $21,850, and although that price only includes the essentials, it's a downright bargain when you consider how reliable and bulletproof it really is. Sure, you could save by buying used. But experience tells us that buying a new truck is worth it, especially since it hasn't been beaten up or abused, as trucks sometimes are.

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Part 2: Top 10 Cars to Buy New Over Used >>

, Automotive Editor

Armaan Almeida no longer works for CarsDirect. He was an Automotive Editor who produced buying guides and sneak previews, in addition to publishing daily news stories and tracking monthly deals, incentives and pricing trends from Toyota, Nissan and Lexus.

 

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