The Best Used Cars to Buy for First Time Car Owners

Owning your very first car is an exciting time in a person’s life. Likely you want to put a lot of thought and research into the process to ensure you get something that meets your needs, is fun to drive, and let’s face it, a car that is awesome to look at. We’ve gathered a list of the top five best used cars for first time owners to purchase.

Must-haves

Here are a few things you may want to keep in mind during the shopping experience:

  • The car is easy to handle on the road
  • The car is easy to park
  • It’s great on fuel economy
  • It offers a nice amount of cargo space
  • It’s peppy and fun to drive

Top five vehicles

Keeping these must-haves in mind, here’s a collection of cars that manages to stand out:

  • Honda Civic: One of the things that make this car such a great first vehicle is that it’s known to keep last. It's actually not unheard of to see this car hit more than 250,000 miles and still run well. Another advantage is that it is easy to find parts if there are any issues, which also makes repairs reasonably priced.

  • Ford Mustang: If it’s a sports car you’re after for your first car then here’s a classic that is bound to catch your eye. The Ford Mustang has decades worth of technology and design behind it. Despite the fact it's very sporty, filled with features, and has luxurious lines, the price tag remains reasonable. It should be mentioned that fuel economy is average.

  • Volkswagen Jetta TDI: Here’s another make and model that has been around for quite some time and has built quite the solid reputation. Although it's not quite as sporty as the Mustang, it's still got a cool vibe going for it. If you're interested in fuel economy, this is a great way to go. Keep in mind that repairs on this vehicle can be expensive due to the parts.

  • Honda Fit: Honda does it again and this time they are able to deliver a compact car that performs well, has pep to it, looks fun, and is a breeze to park. Even if it’s tight spaces you’re trying to get into, you’ll have no problems.

  • Kia Sportage: Compact SUV's are always popular thanks to the fact you get the look of the SUV but they handle much more like a car. The Kia Sportage is easy enough to park, will feel comfortable to drive, and you have the added luxury of extra cargo space.


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