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44 Cars Where You'll Save Big By Buying Used

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SECOND-HAND STEALS

It's no secret that buying a used car instead of a new one can save you money, and used-car shoppers this fall should be seeing even lower prices than usual as lots of lightly used cars end their leases and come back for resale — so many that automakers are worried, Bloomberg says.

Data from iSeeCars suggests just how substantial that savings can be. The automotive research firm and car search engine found that the average 1-year-old used car already cost 23.2 percent less than its original price before the glut of cars that began arriving in September. What's more, some models provide even bigger savings for used car shoppers, offering a price difference as high as 38.5 percent or $24,690 between the new and lightly used versions. iSeeCars analyzed 7 million new and used cars to identify those with the greatest price differences. Here are the cars that topped the list.

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Ford Expedition
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FORD EXPEDITION

Percent difference used over new: -38.5%
Dollar difference used over new: $24,690
The Ford Expedition ranked No.1 on the iSeeCars' list of biggest savings to be had when buying used. It had the largest price difference between its new and gently used version. "The Ford Expedition has the highest starting price in its class, even costing more than some of its comparable luxury versions," said Phong Ly, iSeeCars CEO. "In order for it to appeal to used car buyers, its price has to come down significantly."

2015 Kia Sedona
2015 Kia Sedona by Dave Pinter (CC BY-NC-ND)

KIA SEDONA

Percent difference used over new: -37.8%
Dollar difference used over new: $12,918
Coming in at second place in terms of overall savings is the Kia Sedona minivan. "The Kia Sedona ranks below its competitors in terms of family-friendly features such as cargo space, entertainment and safety technology, so it may be less desirable on the used car market," Ly said.

Chevy Impala
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CHEVROLET IMPALA

Percent difference used over new: -36.4%
Dollar difference used over new: $11,837
The Chevrolet Impala was one of five non-luxury passenger cars to make the list, which iSeeCars attributes to declining demand for such vehicles. "The demand for passenger cars is shrinking, as we have seen with the recent discontinuation of many sedans including the Impala and the Fusion Hybrid," Ly said. "These cars are not among the top-rated vehicles in their class, which explains their steep price differences between new and used."

2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited 4WD
2019 Infiniti QX80 Limited 4WD by Greg Gjerdingen (CC BY)

INFINITI QX80

Percent difference used over new: -34.9%
Dollar difference used over new: $26,188
One of two Infinitis to rank among the top 10 on the iSeeCars' list, the QX80 can be extremely pricey when purchased new instead of used. "The QX80's high average starting price of $75,000 coupled with being one of the lower-rated vehicles in its class contributes to its large price reduction," Ly said.

Ford Fusion hybrid - one of the most significant cars for Ford - the Camry KILLER ! Voted the most significant car of the 2012 Auto show !
Ford Fusion hybrid - one of the most significant cars for Ford - the Camry KILLER ! Voted the most significant car of the 2012 Auto show ! by Arvind Govindaraj (CC BY)

FORD FUSION HYBRID

Percent difference used over new: -34.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $9,301
The Ford Fusion Hybrid is another of the non-luxury passenger cars that Ly says are being impacted by shrinking demand. The Fusion has been discontinued by Ford amid severely declining sales for passenger vehicles. "It was never able to capture the audience of the popular Toyota Prius," Ly said. "Hybrid vehicles tend to be more expensive than traditional fuel models, which makes their price drastically decrease to attract used car buyers."

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Infiniti Q50
Infiniti Q50 by Ming-yen Hsu (CC BY-NC-ND)

INFINITI Q50

Percent difference used over new: -33.1%
Dollar difference used over new: $14,938
Like the Infiniti Q80, the Q50 is better purchased used, says Ly. "The Q50 does not stack up against its competition in the luxury small sedan class, lowering its demand in the used car marketplace," Ly said.

New 2016 Nissan Altima
New 2016 Nissan Altima by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

NISSAN ALTIMA

Percent difference used over new: -32.6%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,984
The Nissan Altima is another example of a non-luxury passenger car, a segment Ly says is simply losing popularity. The Altima is a midsize car known for its handling, styling, and fuel economy. "Consumers are ditching sedans for SUVs, and those who are still interested in sedans are likely opting for the still-popular Honda Accord or Toyota Avalon," Ly said.

Hyundai Santa Fe, Lands End 2014
Hyundai Santa Fe, Lands End 2014 by Ray Bouknight (CC BY)

HYUNDAI SANTA FE SPORT

Percent difference used over new: -31.4%
Dollar difference used over new: $9,368
The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is a midsize SUV that Ly says pales in comparison to other vehicles in the same category. "The Santa Fe Sport does not stack up to its stiff competition in this vehicle class, resulting in a major price reduction to its starting price that's already on the lower end of the vehicle segment," Ly said.

2016 Kia Optima in Aspen
2016 Kia Optima in Aspen by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

KIA OPTIMA

Percent difference used over new: -31.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,574
Yet another non-luxury passenger car, the Kia Optima was introduced in 2001 as a rebadged version of the Hyundai Sonata. "The significant price decrease of a lightly used Kia Optima over its new version further shows that midsize sedans are declining in popularity," Ly said. "For those who favor sedans, there are other comparable models that achieve higher ratings and are more fun to drive."

2012 Hyundai Accent (USA)
2012 Hyundai Accent (USA) by loubeat (CC BY)

HYUNDAI ACCENT

Percent difference used over new: -31%
Dollar difference used over new: $5,136
The Hyundai Accent is a non-luxury vehicle known for offering upscale extras (albeit at an extra price). Overall the car is viewed as providing a good bang for the buck for the entry-level budget. "The subcompact Hyundai Accent has an average starting price of $16,000, so any reduction will be a high relative percentage of its starting price," Ly said. "It's also not as popular as its competition, so its lowered demand contributed to its price decrease."

2011 Kia Sportage SX 2.0 Turbo GDi
2011 Kia Sportage SX 2.0 Turbo GDi by loubeat (CC BY)

KIA SPORTAGE

Percent difference used over new: -29.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,784
Even without the significant discount when purchased used, the Kia Sportage receives favorable reviews for offering a good value proposition. Car experts say it comes with a variety of features for the price and offers a lengthy warranty.

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2017 Nissan Armada
2017 Nissan Armada by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

NISSAN ARMADA

Percent difference used over new: -29.0%
Dollar difference used over new: $15,712
Another well reviewed vehicle, the Nissan Armada features a strong engine and significant four-wheel-drive power for those who like to explore off the beaten path. "Full-size SUVs like the Armada tend to lose a lot of their value due to their high starting prices," Ly said.

2014 Nissan Rogue
2014 Nissan Rogue by THE SMADE JOURNAL (CC BY)

NISSAN ROGUE

Percent difference used over new: -29.0%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,941
Though Ly says the Rogue doesn't receive as high ratings as competitors, this small crossover SUV has many features that make it a solid buy as a used vehicle, including comfort, top-notch safety scores, and ample room for both people and cargo.

2015 GMC Yukon Denali (L) and Yukon XL SLT
2015 GMC Yukon Denali (L) and Yukon XL SLT by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

GMC YUKON XL

Percent difference used over new: -28.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $19,913
One of the biggest reasons the GMC Yukon is such a bargain when purchased used is because prices for new models are far from cheap. "The Yukon XL has an average starting price of $70,000, and cars at this price point tend to lose a significant amount of resale value to attract used car buyers," Ly said.

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2013_Nissan_Pathfinder...007 by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

NISSAN PATHFINDER

Percent difference used over new: -28%
Dollar difference used over new: $9,972
A vehicle that Ly says is not rated as highly as its competitors in the same class, the Pathfinder loses marks among car experts for lagging behind in technology and its interiors looking a bit dated.

2016 Kia Sorento
2016 Kia Sorento by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

KIA SORENTO

Percent difference used over new: -27.9%
Dollar difference used over new: $8,784
The pros with this vehicle include its convenient size, ample features for the money and stylish interior. However, it loses points in a variety of areas. "The Kia Sorento has received criticism for not having as much cargo space as its rivals," Ly said. The Sorento has also been criticized for having less than impressive acceleration.

Unpretentious / 2013 Outlander Sport
Unpretentious / 2013 Outlander Sport by Mitsubishi Photos (CC BY)

MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER

Percent difference used over new: -26.8%
Dollar difference used over new: $6,806
Yet another vehicle that doesn't fare well against its competition, the Mitsubishi Outlander is criticized for less-than-comfortable seats, a slow base powertrain and coarse ride quality. "The Mitsubishi Outlander doesn't achieve favorable ratings in its segment, so the demand isn't very high for used versions," Ly said.

2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited Crew Cab 4x4
2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Limited Crew Cab 4x4 by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles: Corporate (CC BY-NC-ND)

RAM PICKUP 1500

Percent difference used over new: -29.2%
Dollar difference used over new: $12,674
Full-sized pickups like the Ram are more expensive than midsize, so they tend to lose more of their value in their first year, Ly said. "The Ram Pickup 1500 is at the head of its class in terms of ratings, making it a great deal for a consumer looking for a pickup," he added.

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2013 GMC Sierra in the Arizona Sun
2013 GMC Sierra in the Arizona Sun by C.C. Chapman (CC BY-NC-ND)

GMC SIERRA 1500

Percent difference used over new: -24.7%
Dollar difference used over new: $12,286
This full-size truck receives middle-of-the-road reviews, earning positive marks for smooth ride, spacious seats, and a user-friendly infotainment system. It's rivals, however, offer more upscale interiors.

2016 Nissan Titan XD
2016 Nissan Titan XD by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

NISSAN TITAN

Percent difference used over new: -22.5%
Dollar difference used over new: $9,298
"The Japanese Nissan Titan isn't as popular as its American counterparts, so that contributes to its steep price decrease," Ly said of this truck. The Titan also receives poor reviews in more than a few categories, receiving criticism for a higher starting price than rivals and aged technology features.

2018 Audi A4 Sport TDi Quattro S-A 2.0 Taken in Stratford-upon-Avon
2018 Audi A4 Sport TDi Quattro S-A 2.0 Taken in Stratford-upon-Avon by Vauxford (CC BY-SA)

AUDI A4

Percent difference used over new: -27%
Dollar difference used over new: $12,325
One of the top-ranked small luxury cars, the A4 gets good grades for dynamic performance, classy interior and its long list of features. It's also known for offering a good ride and handling.

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2015_BMW_4_Series_Gran_Coupe.011 by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

BMW 4 SERIES

Percent difference used over new: -25.4%
Dollar difference used over new: $13,891
Another small luxury car, the BMW 4 Series is a well-regarded vehicle in its class. Highlights include solid handling, high-quality and feature-rich interior, and ample cargo space.

Audi Q7
Audi Q7 by Abdullah AlBargan (CC BY-ND)

AUDI Q7

Percent difference used over new: -21.7%
Dollar difference used over new: $14,935
Notable highlights of this luxury SUV include quality interior materials; solid ride quality (no matter what the road surface) and top-of-the-line safety and infotainment technology. Downsides to note, however, include limited cargo space than others in its class and a less than spacious third-row seat.

2015 Cadillac Escalade Reveal NYC
2015 Cadillac Escalade Reveal NYC by Dave Pinter (CC BY-NC-ND)

CADILLAC ESCALADE

Percent difference used over new: -21.7%
Dollar difference used over new: $19,087
A luxury SUV that can start at between $70,000 and $100,000 new (for the 2019 model), the Cadillac Escalade's notable features include a robust, smooth powertrain, and the ESV model offers ample passenger and cargo space. However, the Escalade receives a variety of criticism for a sluggish and complicated infotainment interface and its confined third-row seat in the standard-length model.

2017 Audi Q5 S Line TFSi Quattro 2.0 Front Taken in Leamington Spa
2017 Audi Q5 S Line TFSi Quattro 2.0 Front Taken in Leamington Spa by Vauxford (CC BY-SA)

AUDI Q5

Percent difference used over new: -21.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $10,892
One of the brand's best-selling models in this country, the Q5 includes a substantial array of technology, all-wheel drive as part of its standard package and high-quality interior cabin styling.

New C-Class Coupe
New C-Class Coupe by Alan Gore (CC BY-NC-ND)

MERCEDES-BENZ C-CLASS

Percent difference used over new: -20.4%
Dollar difference used over new: $10,530
A luxury car, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class gets middle-of-the-road marks when compared to others in its category. Its interior is noted for being upscale, but the car doesn't have the same performance as its competitors.

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class by Chad Horwedel (CC BY-NC-ND)

MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS

Percent difference used over new: -20.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $13,869
New, the 2019 model of this car will set you back anywhere from $53,000 to $108,000. Ranked among the top of the pack for luxury midsize cars, the bells and whistles offered by the E-Class include cutting-edge technology, a drool-worthy interior, and a long list of options.

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9O0A6987 by Autoweek USA (CC BY-SA)

CADILLAC XT5

Percent difference used over new: -19.9%
Dollar difference used over new: $10,068
A vehicle that has been labeled unremarkable by critics, the XT5 offers an upscale interior and comfortable ride. Its competitors are said to offer a better overall buy.

2018 Nissan Leaf Tekna Front.jpg Taken in Arbury Nissan, Leamington Spa
2018 Nissan Leaf Tekna Front.jpg Taken in Arbury Nissan, Leamington Spa by Vauxford (CC BY-SA)

NISSAN LEAF

Percent difference used over new: -40%
Dollar difference used over new: $13,524
A car designed for those who want to do their part to help the planet, the Nissan Leaf gets positive reviews for offering ample cargo space and solid driving range.

Kia Optima plug-in hybrid
Kia Optima plug-in hybrid by Norbert Aepli, Switzerland (CC BY)

KIA OPTIMA PLUG-IN HYBRID

Percent difference used over new: -32.9%
Dollar difference used over new: $11,929
A well-regarded hybrid, the Kia Optima features a comfortable ride, a user-friendly infotainment system and many standard features.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi SEL plug-in hybrid exhibited at the 2012 Washington Auto Show, District of Columbia.
2013 Ford Fusion Energi SEL plug-in hybrid exhibited at the 2012 Washington Auto Show, District of Columbia. by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) (CC BY-SA)

FORD FUSION ENERGI

Percent difference used over new: -32.5%
Dollar difference used over new: $11,144
Offering a somewhat mixed bag for a vehicle in the hybrid category, the Energi receives criticism for its cramped cargo space, low electric range, and lackluster acceleration. It does however get positive reviews for its interior cabin and user-friendly infotainment.

2016 Fiat 124 Spider
2016 Fiat 124 Spider by Autoweek USA - 9O0A7788 (CC BY)

FIAT 124 SPIDER

Percent difference used over new: -25.5%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,678
A car not made for those who are particularly tall, the Fiat 124 Spider gets average rankings for its class. While it has ample power and solid handling, the car is not as roomy as competitors and lacks strength.

Toyota 86
Toyota 86 by 48PRODUCT Jr (CC BY-NC-ND)

TOYOTA 86

Percent difference used over new: -25.2%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,680
The key takeaways about this sports car: lackluster engine, small trunk, and less-than-roomy rear seats. However, it does offer dynamic handling and some user-friendly features.

Nissan 370Z
Nissan 370Z by Team Dalog (CC BY-SA)

NISSAN 370Z

Percent difference used over new: -23.9%
Dollar difference used over new: $9,157
The 370Z is another sports car that finishes near the bottom in its class, and that may be why it's such a bargain when purchased used. The Nissan 370Z receives criticism for, among other things, uncomfortable seats, old technology and not offering many features.

2019 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF
2019 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF by SoulRider.222 (CC BY-ND)

MAZDA MX-5 MIATA RF

Percent difference used over new: -23.2%
Dollar difference used over new: $8,021
This car is a steal when purchased used, given that it is among the top-ranked sports cars, according to some reviewers. Features that earn the MX-5 Miata raves include its incredible handling, solid acceleration, and attractive interior.

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Porsche Boxster 718
Porsche Boxster 718 by Iain Cameron (CC BY-SA)

PORSCHE 718 BOXSTER

Percent difference used over new: -23.2%
Dollar difference used over new: $19,973
A legendary name in the sports-car space, the 718 Boxster finishes in the middle of the pack in its class, but is still seen as a very good car. It offers a premium cabin, outstanding handling, and spacious seats, among other notable features.

Black Camaro
Black Camaro by Guilherme de Lima (CC BY-SA)

CHEVROLET CAMARO

Percent difference used over new: -21.8%
Dollar difference used over new: $8,144
Another one of the top-ranked sports cars, the Camaro gets kudos for being athletic and fun to drive. It features a powerful engine, outstanding handling, and comfy front seats.

2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Plus Widebody
2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Plus Widebody by Automotive Rhythms (CC BY-NC-ND)

DODGE CHALLENGER

Percent difference used over new: -20.6%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,586
A classic muscle car, the Dodge Challenger offers a spacious interior that can easily seat four adults. The car also gets positive marks for its high degree of customization, which includes several trim levels and options.

2019 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 facelift Taken in Leamington Spa
2019 Ford Mustang GT 5.0 facelift Taken in Leamington Spa by Vauxford (CC BY-SA)

FORD MUSTANG

Percent difference used over new: -20.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $7,298
A classic sports car, the Mustang is powerful but with low noise levels and a cabin that offers both modern convenience and retro style. Some downsides to note, the ride can be somewhat less than smooth, and the vehicle's doors are long and heavy.

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BMW M4
BMW M4 by Chad Horwedel (CC BY-NC-ND)

BMW M4

Percent difference used over new: -20.2%
Dollar difference used over new: $16,769
This pricey sports car is quite the bargain used, given that a new 2019 model starts at about $69,150. The M4 offers noteworthy handling and a nice interior, but its drawbacks include engine and exhaust sounds that are disturbing during your ride and sub-par steering.

Subaru BRZ
Subaru BRZ by Nikonian Novice (CC BY-ND)

SUBARU BRZ

Percent difference used over new: -18.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $5,504
Though the BRZ is noted for offering a pleasant drive, it receives criticism for a variety of factors including ho-hum styling and technology. This sports car also loses points for its limited list of standard and available options.

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_MG_1193 by Greg Myers (CC BY-NC-ND)

PORSCHE 718 CAYMAN

Percent difference used over new: -17.7%
Dollar difference used over new: $14,343
"Sophisticated" and "impeccable" are just some of the accolades used to describe this sports car. Despite all the gushing, the 718 still only lands in the middle of the pack among luxury sports cars, which is perhaps why a used model can be such a bargain. The 718 Cayman offers a robust powertrain, superb handling, and a well-designed interior.

BMW M2
BMW M2 by Chad Horwedel (CC BY-NC-ND)

BMW M2

Percent difference used over new: -17.5%
Dollar difference used over new: $10,806
The M2 finishes among the top of the heap in its class of luxury small cars. The car is noted for its sophisticated interior, luxe materials, roomy trunk, and sporty yet comfortable ride.

2014 Corvette Stingray coupe
2014 Corvette Stingray coupe by Tuner tom (CC BY-SA)

CHEVROLET CORVETTE

Percent difference used over new: -16.3%
Dollar difference used over new: $11,500
A classic, all-American sports car, the Corvette continues to rank amid the top of its class after all these years. The car is loved for its power, amazing handling, comfy seats and with all of its sportiness, it still features such niceties as a roomy trunk. All that, and it's much more affordable when purchased used.