Best Used Cars for New Drivers

December 6th, 2018 by

2011 red Honda Civic SiFor most new drivers, buying a car is a big step. One great place to start is with a look at used cars. Today’s used vehicles are engineered to last and offer loads of advanced safety features and high-performance technology for a fraction of a new car’s sticker price. Let’s review some of the best used cars for new drivers.

2011 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is one of those bulletproof choices when it comes to used cars. When properly maintained, this little sedan can go for 250,000 miles over its lifetime. It’s one of the world’s most popular vehicles for a reason, and it’s highly customizable with a huge aftermarket scene.

The 2011 Civic is rated for reliability, earning a score of four out of five from J.D. Power.  The sporty Civic Si features a 197-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s paired solely with a six-speed manual transmission. It’s quick off the line and a blast to drive.

2011 BMW 3-Series

BMW’s popular 3-Series continues to keep drivers engaged with its athletic handling, and eager, potent engine that delivers up to 300 horsepower. When you demand a bit of luxury for your first ride, you can’t go wrong with the 2011 BMW 3-Series sedan. Critics loved this model year, making it a reviewer favorite due to its high safety ratings.

Have a seat in this BMW’s cockpit, and you’ll find a sensible interior with optional leather upholstery, an available power sunroof, and 10-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system. You’ll also get the added convenience of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, updated for this model year.

2015 Ford Mustang

If classic American muscle with a modern twist is on your wish list, have a look at the 2015 Ford Mustang. This affordable sports car is a big hit in the performance department, returning impressive output from its stock 3.7-liter V-6. For the 2015 model year, Ford bestowed the Mustang with its first-ever independent rear suspension, making this pony car more agile and creating a smoother ride.

Now let’s talk safety. The 2015 Mustang received a top score of five out of five stars for overall performance from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s highest rating of “Good” on four out of five crash tests.

2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee

Last but not least, let’s cover the baddest boy on the lot: the Jeep Cherokee. Nothing says strength and endurance better than this brand. The 2012 Grand Cherokee is Jeep’s offer for the modern family. It combines elegant comfort, with Jeep’s legacy of toughness.

If durability is a top consideration for your first ride, then the Grand Cherokee should top your list. In addition to its outstanding off-road capability, it provides an upscale interior with seating for five and up to 68.7 cubic feet of cargo space.

We’ve covered the benefits of a classic entry-level sedan, a top luxury badge, a world-renowned sports car, and a legendary off-roading champ. Stop by Rocky’s Auto Credit and test drive one of our many used cars.


2011 Honda Civic Si” via Flickr by MSVG. Used with permission via CC BY 2.0 / Cropped from original

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