A late-model used car can be one of the best values you'll find when buying a car. With relatively low mileage, modern safety and convenience features, and usually a much lower price than similar new vehicles, these used cars are in the sweet spot of auto deals.

We've scoured through the used car options and put together this list of best deals on 2008-2012 vehicles in ten categories. Each of the vehicles featured are models recommended by Consumer Reports. In making these selections, we focused on models that show the greatest depreciation from their original retail price and their current value, then culled the list to just those vehicles that meet our stringent criteria to be Recommended, including good performance in our tests, average or above safety scores, and average or better reliability. For some car types, this may mean limited diversity in the recommendations, though in all cases, we have focused on balancing the quality of the deal and that of the vehicle.

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Current price from the dealer $12,225 (original MSRP: $19,510)

The 2008 Honda Civic is refined and economical, with fairly nimble handling and a relatively comfortable ride. Fuel economy is 28 mpg overall for the EX with automatic transmission. Inside the seats are supportive and comfortable with a good driving position. Interior storage is generous but the trunk is modest. The Civic excelled in IIHS crash tests and reliability is excellent.

VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Honda Civic
66,000$19,510$12,22537%
2009 Subaru Impreza
51,000$18,495$13,50027%
2010 Toyota Corolla
40,000$16,250$12,12525%
2011 Volkswagen Golf
22,000$19,755$16,05019%
2012 Honda Fit
11,000$17,910$16,9755%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Ford Fusion
66,000$18,135$8,65052%
2009 Honda Accord
51,000$24,405$15,82535%
2010 Mazda6
40,000$26,600$14,77544%
2011 Nissan Altima
22,000$22,060$15,90028%
2012 Toyota Camry
11,000$22,600$19,85012%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Honda CR-V
66,000$24,150$16,70031%
2009 Mitsubishi Outlander
51,000$21,980$11,57547%
2010 Nissan Rogue
40,000$21,540$16,50023%
2011 Kia Sportage
22,000$24,795$21,45013%
2012 Subaru Forester
11,000$26,595$23,92510%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Acura MDX
66,000$40,195$22,10045%
2009 Honda Pilot
51,000$30,495$20,52533%
2010 Mazda CX-9
40,000$30,205$21,12530%
2011 Toyota Highlander
22,000$28,695$25,75010%
2012 Toyota Venza
11,000$29,250$27,2507%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Scion xB
66,000$16,600$11,10033%
2009 Pontiac Vibe
51,000$20,475$10,12551%
2010 Toyota Matrix
40,000$17,510$13,42523%
2011 Scion xB
22,000$16,950$14,77513%
2012 Scion xB11,000$17,250$16,2756%

VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Acura TSX
66,000$28,190$15,97543%
2009 Infiniti G37
51,000$33,250$21,55035%
2010 Acura TL
40,000$35,105$24,10031%
2011 Lexus ES 350
22,000$36,725$31,22515%
2012 Lincoln MKZ
11,000$36,535$25,80029%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Acura RL
66,000$46,280$20,02557%
2009 Lexus GS 350
51,000$46,950$29,65037%
2010 Lexus LS 460
40,000$68,250$47,75030%
2011 Lexus GS 35022,000$48,850$39,82518%
2012 Infiniti M3711,000$49,850$43,02514%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Toyota Sienna CE
66,000$24,490$14,25042%
2009 Toyota Sienna LE51,000$26,065$17,05035%
2010 Toyota Sienna XLE
40,000$29,725$24,02519%
2011 Toyota Sienna SE
22,000$30,850$25,75017%
2012 Toyota Sienna LE
11,000$29,700$25,35015%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Honda Ridgeline
66,000$28,000$17,12539%
2009 Toyota Tundra
51,000$29,215$22,15024%
2010 Toyota Tacoma
40,000$19,130$18,0006%
2011 Honda Ridgeline
22,000$31,605$25,95018%
2012 Toyota Tacoma
11,000$22,105$20,2259%
VehicleMileageMSRP When NewBuying From Dealer Avg PriceDrop In Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Infiniti FX35
66,000$39,550$23,22541%
2009 Lexus RX 350
51,000$39,100$26,17533%
2010 Lexus GX 350
40,000$51,970$43,17517%
2011 Lexus RX 450h
22,000$46,325$39,70014%
2012 Lexus RX 350
11,000$40,475$37,8506%



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