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Used Car Ratings Part 1

Today we have a look at some of the best used car ratings out there for different cars belonging to various segments. These ratings are available for cars manufactured between 2004 and 2009, because the older ones have too many miles reading on the odometer while newer ones have not fully taken the large depreciation hit.

We kick things off with the compact sedan segment where we find the 2004-2009 Hyundai Elantra. This has a solid build quality and it offers a smooth ride, while the GT version comes in a useful hatchback configuration that increases cargo room. It also has a sport-tuned suspension, a moonroof, as well as leather seating in the standard configuration.

For a midsize sedan we would like to recommend the 2004-2009 Nissan Altima which is known for being an accommodating midsize vehicle that offers strong performance, especially if it is motivated by the V6 powerplant. The 2007MY brought nice Infiniti-like styling, more soft-touch materials inside the cabin, along with a CVT gearbox.

If you are in the market for a large sedan you might want to have a look at the Hyundai Azera, the models manufactured between 2006 and 2009. The car brings an upscale look inside and out, and for a decent amount of money you get a lot of luxury features. The build quality is also rock solid while beneath the skin is hiding the Sonata model, but on top of that is a premium combination of comfort and convenience features that makes the Azzera a pretty interesting deal.

Those of you who want a coupe, probably can’t find anything better than a 2004-2009 BMW 3-Series. Even the more affordable 325/328 models that have smaller power units are still able to provide the necessary performance from an inline-6. The 328i model released in 2007 features 230 hp, while the 335 that came out the same year has 300 hp.

If you want to drive with the top down, what better way to do it if not with a Mazda Miata? The ones that were made between 2004 and 2009. The car has become famous all over the world for its precise and communicative steering, exuberant engine and very responsive handling. This small-sized two-seater doesn’t drink a lot of fuel plus it’s also very reliable.

The 2004-2009 Pontiac Vibe is a good option for a wagon as it emphasizes on space-efficiency and offers a reliable and smooth powertrain provided by Toyota. The 2009MY came with a new design, along with an option for a 4-cylinder 2.4-liter engine with more torque.

Let’s have a look at the crossover segment where we find excellent used car ratings for the 2004-2009 Honda CR-V. It is a fuel- and space-efficient vehicle that has more space than many larger sport utility vehicles. The ride is comfortable while the reliability is a trademark for Honda. The 2007 redesign came with a slightly controversial styling that won’t appeal to everyone.

A midsize SUV that you might want to consider is the 2004-2009 Ford Explorer which has a very spacious interior cabin and a lot of family-friendly features. It manages to offer the perfect balance between rugged utility and a comfortable ride, and it should meet just about any type of recreational necessities.

If you want something bigger, like a large SUV, have a look at the 2004-2009 Chevrolet Tahoe that offers a lot of performance and a silky smooth ride. For towing duty, get the model fitted with the V8 5.3-liter engine which is very torque-rich. The 2007 redesign came with an improved interior and a lot of luxurious features for the high-end models.

Join us tomorrow for the second part of the article where we shall cover the following segments: minivan, compact truck, large truck, luxury, hybrid and sport compact. Stay tuned.

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