At The Auto Connection, we ensure that all used cars and pre-owned vehicles in our inventory are inspected by our certified mechanics who conduct a 101-point inspection. Our inventory is constantly changing so we can offer high quality used cars and pre-owned vehicles to our customers.
When you shop for a used car, consider your personal needs. The best used cars for families are obviously going to be different than the best used cars for individuals. Make sure to look for features that apply to you. For instance, consider how many seats you need. If your family is growing, buy a car that will have enough room for car seats, strollers and visiting grandparents. If you’re single, maybe a car that gets excellent gas mileage will be your priority to save money and keep commuting costs low.
The Auto Connection carries many top foreign and domestic automakers including: Mazda, Toyota, Ford, Honda, Nissan and Hyundai to name just a few. These brands have all been recognized over the years for reliability and performance.
In 2014, the “Best Cars for the Money” according to the U.S. News & World Report included cars in 21 automative categories – from subcompact cars to full size pick up trucks. That year, Toyota – which includes its Scion and Lexus brands – took home the most awards of any automaker in five categories: sports cars, hybrid SUVs, Midsize Sedans, Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs and Compact Pickup Trucks.
Ford, on the other hand, received the most awards of any domestic automaker and any single brand. It won four awards in the following categories: Subcompact Cars, Hatchbacks, Hybrid Cars and 2-Row Midsize SUVs. It should be noted that in 2014, the Ford Edge and Ford Fusion Hybrid won Best Car for the Money awards for three consecutive years, according to the U.S. News & World Report.
While the following list was compiled for new car buyers in 2014, it provides some insight for used car buyers in 2016. As with all compiled rankings, the results should be taken with the understanding that the best used cars are often the ones that have been cared for by previous owners. This is why The Auto Connection inspects every vehicle before it joins our inventory.
U.S. News & World Report 2014 Best Cars for the Money Awards:
Subcompact Cars – 2014 Ford Fiesta
Compact Cars – 2014 Mazda3
Hatchbacks – 2014 Ford Fiesta
Sports Cars – 2014 Scion FR-S
Upscale Small Cars – 2014 Volkswagen GTI
Midsize Cars – 2014 Toyota Camry
Upscale Midsize Cars – 2014 Chevrolet Volt
Hybrid Cars – 2014 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Large Cars – 2014 Chevrolet Impala
Wagons – 2014 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen
Compact SUVs – 2014 Honda CR-V
2-Row Midsize SUVs – 2014 Ford Edge
3-Row Midsize SUVs – 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hybrid SUVs – 2014 Lexus RX Hybrid
Luxury Compact SUVs – 2014 Acura RDX
Luxury 2-Row Midsize SUVs – 2014 Lexus RX 350
Luxury 3-Row Midsize SUVs – 2014 Acura MDX
Large SUVs – 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe
Minivans – 2014 Mazda Mazda5
Compact Pickup Trucks – 2014 Toyota Tacoma
Full Size Pickup Trucks – 2014 Ram 1500
Source: U.S. News & World Report Best Cars for the Money news release
+ Do you need a reliable used car? The Auto Connection staff are happy to help you find the best used car for your budget. Our buy here, pay here program is designed to help people find a used car no matter their credit history.
+ In North Carolina, we have an office in Wilson. Our locations in Virginia include: Danville, Newport News, Norfolk and Richmond.