Edmunds offers list of '15 Used Car Best Bets'

(June 23, 2012) SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Edmunds.com has released its 15 Used Car Best Bets for 2012. A total of 11 makes are represented on the list, with four makes (Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Toyota) each contributing two models.

The 2012 Used Car Best Bets are (by segment):

Compact Sedan: 2005-2010 Hyundai Elantra
Midsize Sedan: 2005-2010 Nissan Altima
Large Sedan: 2006-2010 Hyundai Azera (2008 pictured above)
Coupe: 2005-2010 BMW 3 Series
Convertible: 2005-2010 Mazda Miata
Wagon: 2005-2010 Pontiac Vibe
Compact SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Honda CR-V
Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Ford Explorer
Large SUV/Crossover: 2005-2010 Chevrolet Tahoe
Minivan/Van: 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey
Compact Truck: 2005-2010 Toyota Tacoma
Large Truck: 2005-2010 Ford F-150
Luxury: 2005-2010 Infiniti G35/G37
Hybrid: 2005-2010 Toyota Prius
Sport Compact: 2005-2010 Subaru Impreza WRX

A team of Edmunds.com editors assembled the list, which emphasizes the most important criteria to consider when researching and deciding on a used vehicle: reliability, safety, value and availability. Eligibility was limited to vehicles ranging from two to seven years old.

"Our editors are often asked about the best used cars, and this list answers that question," says Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief of Edmunds.com. "By combining our own experiences with consumer ratings and evaluations, we'd suggest these cars to any used car shopper."

For more details on Edmunds.com's selection process and for a brief description of all the cars on this year's list, visit Edmunds.com's 2012 Used Car Best Bets.