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These top cars are great for 2018 shoppers.

Best Used Cars Ranking | CarMax

What are the best used car and best SUVs when you’re looking to buy in 2018? We’ve got some recommendations.

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Under $10,000

Best Cars: Under $10K | CarMax

Are you a first-time buyer or a college student? Take a look at these vehicles — they’re our top sellers cars with average prices at CarMax under $10,000 as of April 30, 2018. Be aware that upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $10,000.

  1. Smart ForTwo
  2. Chevrolet Cobalt
  3. Dodge Caliber
  4. Mazda Mazda3
  5. Chevrolet HHR

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Under $15,000

Best Cars: Under $20K | CarMax

On a budget? These five vehicles had average prices at CarMax under $15,000 (based on prices from 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017) and were top sellers at CarMax in January 2018. Be aware that upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $15,000.

  1. 2014 Nissan Altima
  2. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  3. 2014 Honda Civic
  4. 2014 Hyundai Sonata
  5. 2014 Nissan Sentra

We’ve got more options that come with price tags under $15,000. To see more, read our Best Used Cars Under $15,000 article.


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Under $30,000

Best Cars: Under $330K | CarMax

Looking for something a little more luxurious? Check out these vehicles with average prices under $30,000, based on CarMax sales data from December 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.2 Be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $30,000.

  1. Nissan Altima
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Nissan Sentra
  4. Hyundai Sonata
  5. Hyundai Elantra

To read more about these vehicles and other cars with average prices under $30,000, check out our 10 Best Cars Under $30,000 article.


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AWD

Best Cars: AWD | CarMax

All-wheel-drive best used cars get you where you’re going in lots of different types of weather. This list is based on CarMax sales information collected between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  1. Subaru Outback
  2. Subaru Impreza
  3. Subaru Legacy
  4. Subaru Crosstrek
  5. Lincoln MKZ

To read more about these five vehicles, check out our 10 Best AWD Cars of 2018 article.


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AWD SUVs

Best Cars: AWD SUVs | CarMax

An AWD SUV can give you added confidence behind the wheel and lots of hauling capacity. Here are five of our top AWD SUVs, based on CarMax sales between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Jeep Wrangler
  3. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  4. Ford Explorer
  5. Honda CR-V

To read more about these SUVS, see our 10 Best Ranked AWD SUVs of 2018 article.


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Car-Seat-Friendly

Best Cars: Car Seat Friendly| CarMax

Need to transport your youngster(s)? Check out these five car-seat-friendly best used cars. This list is based on CarMax sales data in September 2017 and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) list of 2016 vehicles with “acceptable” LATCH system ratings. Certain vehicles may have unrepaired safety recalls. Click here to look up a specific vehicle.

  1. 2016 Honda Civic
  2. 2016 Toyota Camry
  3. 2016 Hyundai Elantra
  4. 2016 Chevrolet Cruze
  5. 2016 Honda Accord

For more details, check out our Best Car-Seat-Friendly Cars article.


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For Teens

Best Cars: For Teens | CarMax

Know a first-time driver? Check out the best used cars on this list, based on CarMax sales from November 2017.

  1. 2014 Nissan Altima
  2. 2014 Toyota Camry
  3. 2015 Nissan Altima
  4. 2014 Ford Fusion
  5. 2014 Honda Accord

For more details, read this Best Cars For Teens article.


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Manual Transmission Cars

Best Cars: Manual Transmission  | CarMax

If you love to drive cars with a stick shift, we can help! Here are three of our best standard transmission cars, based on available features and sales at CarMax stores from December 1, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Ford Focus
  3. Fiat 500
  4. Nissan Versa
  5. Mini Cooper

Learn more about these three manual transmission cars, plus other stick shift vehicles, in our 10 Best Manual Transmission Cars of 2018 article.


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Compact SUVs

Best Cars: Compact SUVs  | CarMax

Is your crew on the smaller size? Our November 2017 sales show these to be our five top compact SUVs.

  1. Ford Escape
  2. Chevrolet Equinox
  3. Nissan Rogue
  4. Jeep Cherokee
  5. Honda CR-V

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Crossover SUVs

Best Cars: Crossover SUVs  | CarMax

According to our sales data from November 2017, CarMax customers think these crossovers are the perfect size.

  1. Nissan Rogue
  2. Honda CR-V
  3. Chevrolet Equinox
  4. Ford Edge
  5. Toyota RAV4

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Electric Cars

Best Cars: Electric Cars  | CarMax

It is easy being green when you’re driving one of these top electric vehicles, gathered from sales at CarMax between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  1. Nissan LEAF
  2. Chevrolet Spark EV
  3. Ford Focus Electric
  4. Volkswagen Golf Electric
  5. Chevrolet Bolt EV

Read more about these electric vehicles — and additional best ranked electric vehicles — here.


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Hatchbacks

Best Cars: Hatchbacks  | CarMax

Our customers choose hatchbacks because they’re small and still have lots of storage. Check out these five best used cars that are hatchbacks, based on sales at CarMax stores between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  1. Toyota Prius
  2. Nissan Versa Note
  3. Hyundai Veloster
  4. Mini Cooper
  5. Ford Focus

For more details about these vehicles, including a list of some “hot hatch” cars we offer, see our Best Hatchback Cars Ranking article.


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High-MPG

Best Cars: High MPG Cars  | CarMax

Don’t break the bank when you’re filling up the tank — here are five of our top sellers cars that can help you get more miles per gallon, based on sales from November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018.1

  1. 2016 Toyota Prius
  2. 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  3. 2014 Toyota Prius Two
  4. 2015 Lexus CT-200h
  5. 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Our Best High-MPG Cars article can help you get more familiar with these vehicles.


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Hybrid

Best Cars: Hybrid Cars  | CarMax

Hybrids are gaining in popularity with US drivers. Here are five top hybrids, based on CarMax sales in January 2018.

  1. 2015 Toyota Prius Two
  2. 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  3. 2014 Toyota Prius Two
  4. 2015 Lexus CT 200H
  5. 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

For more best used cars that are hybrids, check out our Best Hybrid Cars article.


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Hybrid SUVs

Best Cars: Hybrid SUVs  | CarMax

Looking to go green and need to carry five or more passengers? Our January 2018 sales information shows these to be our five top hybrid SUVs.

  1. 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
  2. 2015 Lexus RX 450H
  3. 2013 Lexus RX 450H
  4. 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  5. 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited

For more, read our Best Hybrid SUVs of 2017 article.


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Luxury

Best Cars: Luxury Cars  | CarMax

For a list of sleek, stylish rides that pamper you with features like in-dash navigation and heated and cooled leather seats, check out these used luxury vehicles, based on sales at our stores between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  1. BMW 328
  2. Mercedes-Benz C300
  3. Lexus ES 350
  4. Chrysler 300
  5. Infiniti Q50

Our 10 Best Luxury Cars of 2018 article can help you find more luxury cars with lots of cool features.


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Luxury SUVs

Best Cars: Luxury SUVs  | CarMax

Here are five of our best-selling used luxury SUVs, based on sales at CarMax stores between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  1. Chevrolet Tahoe
  2. Cadillac Escalade
  3. Chevrolet Suburban 1500
  4. GMC Yukon
  5. BMW X5

Check out more luxurious SUVs, from Acuras to Volvos, in our CarMax SUV inventory.


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Midsize SUVs

Best Cars: Midsize SUVs  | CarMax

Here’s where you start to see some third-row seats and additional features for more passengers. Based on CarMax sales information collected in November 2017, here are five of our best midsize SUVs.

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  3. Kia Sorento
  4. Dodge Journey
  5. Nissan Pathfinder

We share more about these medium-sized SUVs in our Top 10 Best Midsize SUVs article.


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Minivans

Best Cars: Minivans  | CarMax

The best minivans are people movers with cargo space and room for seven or eight passengers. According to CarMax sales from January 2018, here are our top minivans.

  1. 2014 Chrysler Town and Country
  2. 2013 Honda Odyssey
  3. 2014 Toyota Sienna
  4. 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan
  5. 2016 Kia Sedona

Our article on the Best Minivans has the low-down on seven of the best minivans we offer.


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Modern Muscle Cars (and Well-Muscled Cars)

Best Cars: Modern Muscle Cars  | CarMax

We love muscle cars! Here are five of our best used cars with heaps of horsepower, based on sales information collected between November 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  1. Chevrolet Camaro LT
  2. Ford Mustang
  3. Chevrolet Camaro SS
  4. Ford Mustang GT
  5. Ford Mustang EcoBoost

Read about more great muscle cars in our 3 Best Modern Muscle Cars for 2018 article.


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Pickup Trucks

Best Cars: Pick-up Trucks  | CarMax

Ford pickup? Chevy pickup? Our sales information from November 2017 shows these are the five top pickups for CarMax customers.

  1. Ford F-150 XLT
  2. Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT
  3. Dodge Ram 1500 Bighorn
  4. Dodge Ram 1500 Express
  5. Ford F-150 Lariat

For lots more on our 15 top pickup trucks of 2017, read our Best Pickup Trucks article.


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Small Cars

Best Cars: Small & Compact Cars | CarMax

Are you a city driver, or looking to maximize your mpg? These five best small vehicles are based on CarMax sales information collected from January 2017 through October 2017.

  1. Nissan Sentra
  2. Hyundai Elantra
  3. Toyota Corolla
  4. Honda Civic
  5. Chevrolet Cruze

Read more about 10 of our best used cars for sale in our Best Small Cars article.


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Midsize Sedans

Best Cars: Midsize Sedans  | CarMax

Check out the cars on this list for a healthy mix of roominess, fuel economy, and performance. These best midsize sedans are based on sales at CarMax between November 1, 2017 and May 31, 2018.

  1. Nissan Altima
  2. Toyota Camry
  3. Hyundai Sonata
  4. Honda Accord
  5. Ford Fusion

To read more about these cars, check out our 10 Best Midsize Sedans of 2018 article.


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Sports Cars

Best Cars: Sports Cars  | CarMax

Based on sales information collected in January 2018, here are five of our sporty best used cars.

  1. Ford Mustang
  2. Chevrolet Camaro
  3. Chevrolet Corvette
  4. Volkswagen GTI
  5. Nissan 370z

If you’re feeling the need for speed, our Best Sports Cars article is full of performance machines and additional enthusiast features.


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SUVs with 3 Rows

Best Cars: SUVs With 3 Rows  | CarMax

SUVs with three rows are all the rage. Based on our sales in November 2017, these are our five hottest 3-row SUVs.

  1. Ford Explorer
  2. Dodge Journey
  3. Nissan Pathfinder
  4. Chevrolet Traverse
  5. Kia Sorento

We’ll tell you more about our 3-row vehicles in our 20 Best SUVs with Three Rows article.


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SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage

Best Cars: SUVs with Best Gas Mileage  | CarMax

Shopping with fuel economy in mind? Here’s our list of the SUVs with the best MPG, compiled using city fuel economy data from fueleconomy.gov and CarMax inventory data in February 2018.1

  1. 2016-2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  2. 2017 Nissan Rogue Hybrid
  3. Tie: 2013 and 2017 Lexus RX-450H
  4. 2016 Lexus RX-450H
  5. 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

What’s not to like about more storage space and fewer fuel stops? Read more about these vehicles in our 8 SUVs with the Best Gas Mileage article.


Ready to shop? We love helping shoppers find the best used cars and trucks that are right for them — not just for right now, but for right on down the road in the years to come. Get started right here.

1Fuel economy figures vary depending on factors like model year, specific trim level, transmission type, engine size, and drive-train. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
2Actual prices may vary based on your selected features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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