Here are our best-selling used cars of 2017.

Best Used Cars Ranking | CarMax

You’ve got so many choices to make when you’re buying a car. We can assist — we’ve been helping millions of customers find great sedans, trucks, SUVs, and minivans for nearly 25 years.

Based on sales information collected in November of 2017, we can offer you a cavalcade of cars to choose from. A treasure trove of trucks. A special selection of SUVs!

Here are our lists of the best used cars of 2017.


Best AWD Cars

Best Used Cars Ranking: AWD | CarMax
  1. Mercedes-Benz C Class
  2. BMW 3 Series
  3. Infiniti G37

These three luxurious vehicles may have different body styles (coupes, sedans, and even a convertible G37), but they’re all available with all-wheel drive as an option. To learn more about these and other cars with more traction for tough terrain, read our Best AWD Cars review.


Best Cars for Teens

Best Used Cars Ranking: Cars for Teens | CarMax
  1. 2014 Nissan Altima
  2. 2014 Toyota Camry
  3. 2015 Nissan Altima

The above are only three of the cars we think are wise buys for new drivers. See the rest of our Best Cars for Teens article for plenty of additional choices, plus some smart ideas to help you figure out financing for first-time car buyers.


Best Used Cars Under $15,0001

Best Used Cars Ranking: Under $20K | CarMax
  1. Chevrolet Sonic
  2. Nissan Sentra
  3. Hyundai Elantra

If you need solid transportation, good gas mileage, and you’re on a budget, the sedans above are strong choices. They’re just three of our 15 best used cars under $15,000. Be aware that upper trim configurations and newer model years may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $15,000.


Best Hybrid Cars

Best Used Cars Ranking: Hybrid Cars | CarMax
  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Toyota Prius C
  3. Kia Optima Hybrid

Hybrids are cars that have both an internal-combustion engine and one or more electric motors for propulsion. We’ve written a lot about them so you can get up to speed. Check out our Hybrids/EVs: Greener Trends in the Used-Car Market article and our 2017 Hybrid and Electric Cars Survey Results.


Best Electric Cars

Best Used Cars Ranking: Electric Cars | CarMax
  1. Nissan LEAF
  2. Chevrolet Spark EV
  3. Fiat 500e

Electric cars can drive farther than ever on a single charge. Their batteries can be topped off faster too, depending on your charging equipment. For a full list of our favorites, read our Best Electric Cars of 2017 article.


Best Muscle Cars

Best Used Cars Ranking: Muscle Cars | CarMax
  1. Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Z51
  2. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
  3. Ford Mustang GT

Want more vroom in your life? These sporty sedans can give you gobs of great handling and exhilarating horsepower. For additional reading, see our Modern Muscle Cars article. Our Sports Car Buying Guide can probably help you here, too.


Best Car-Seat-Friendly Cars

Best Used Cars Ranking: Car-seat Friendly Cars | CarMax
  1. 2016 Honda Civic
  2. 2016 Toyota Camry
  3. 2016 Hyundai Elantra

You’re busy these days — who isn’t? — and futzing with an awkward child seat won’t make your life any less stressful. These cars can make it easier to transport your toddlers. Our Car Seat Friendly Cars article gives you 20 vehicles to consider, including some that can fit three car seats in the back seat (ex: the Dodge Charger!)


Best Small Cars

Best Used Cars Ranking: Small Cars | CarMax
  1. Chevrolet Cruze
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Nissan Sentra

If you’re a single driver or you’ve got a small family, vast amounts of storage or lots of extra seating space probably aren’t as crucial as economy and affordability. Check out these cars above, and read up on others in our Best Small Cars article.


Best Sports Cars

Best Used Cars Ranking: Sports Cars | CarMax
  1. Ford Mustang
  2. Chevrolet Camaro
  3. Dodge Challenger

Driving enthusiasts know about these three sporty sedans, but there are more options out there for folks who love to hit the open road. For a speedy read that’s full of adventurous choices, take a look at our 10 Best Sports Cars of 2017.


Best Minivans

Best Used Cars Ranking: Minivans | CarMax
  1. 2014 Dodge Grand Caravan
  2. 2015 Toyota Sienna
  3. 2016 Chrysler Town and Country

Each of the minivans above seats seven or eight passengers in comfort, with plenty of luxurious touches for shuttling around town or longer family road trips. See our Best Minivans article for the full list of our favorites.


Best Pickup Trucks

Best Used Cars Ranking: Pickup Trucks | CarMax
  1. Ford F-150
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500
  3. Dodge Ram 1500

The Ford, the Chevy, and the Ram. Iconic pickups, all, and each is parked high on our list of the Best Pickup Trucks of 2017. Never before have pickup trucks been so packed with comfortable features and flexible capabilities.


Best SUVs

Best Used Cars Ranking: SUVs Overall | CarMax
  1. Ford Escape
  2. Chevrolet Equinox
  3. Ford Explorer

These three SUVs top our list of the Best SUVs for 2017. Looking for compact size? Check out the Escape. For three-row comfort, the Equinox and Explorer might just have what you need. The five SUV groups below can help you narrow your choices even further.

Best Compact SUVs

Best Used Cars Ranking: Compact SUVs | CarMax
  1. Ford Escape
  2. Chevrolet Equinox
  3. Nissan Rogue

These are solid choices for smaller families without a lot of need for cargo capacity. The three SUVs above are all on our list of the 10 Best Compact SUVs.

Best Midsize SUVs

Best Used Cars Ranking: Midsize SUVs | CarMax
  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  3. Kia Sorento

Generous cargo space, notable towing capabilities (when properly equipped), and off-road options make midsize SUVs the vehicle of choice for many. Read more about the SUVs above, plus plenty of others, in our Best Midsize SUVs of 2017 article.

Best Crossover SUVs

Best Used Cars Ranking: Crossover SUVs | CarMax
  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Chevrolet Equinox

Like a wagon on steroids, a crossover has more space (both for cargo and for taller passengers) and additional capability (the extra traction that comes with an all-wheel drive option). Check out our top 10 list of the best crossover SUVs.

Best SUVs with 3 Rows

Best Used Cars Ranking: SUVs with 3 Rows | CarMax
  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Nissan Pathfinder
  3. Chevrolet Traverse

What’s better than a midsize SUV that seats five? How about one that carries five passengers plus all the gear for a family trip, but can also do double duty, carrying seven as a carpool vehicle? Take a look at our 20 best SUVs with 3 rows.

Best Hybrid SUVs

Best Used Cars Ranking: Hybrid SUVs | CarMax
  1. Lexus RX 450H
  2. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  3. Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

These gasoline-engined, midsize SUVs also pack electric motors and batteries to help them give drivers more miles per gallon than some gas-only SUVs. They can carry more people and cargo, and do it pretty efficiently too. See our Best Hybrid SUVs of 2017 article for a full list.

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Or, you could check out our CarMax research articles, which include topics like the differences between all wheel drive and four wheel drive, the 10 most common car financing questions we hear from customers, and 12 smart tips for buying the right used car.


1 We looked at our list of the top-selling cars at CarMax in November of 2017. From this list, we selected makes and models where a sizeable amount of our retail inventory fell below $15,000. Actual prices may vary based on your selected features, model years and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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