As of 2015, used cars that Consumer Reports recommends include the 2011 Toyota Camry, 2010 Honda Accord EX-L automatic, 2010 Volkswagen Golf five-cylinder automatic and 2011 Nissan Leaf SL, an electric car. The cars Consumer Reports recommends have performed well in the organization's tests, have average or above-average scoring in reliability and safety, convenience features, and outstanding depreciation.
Between the Toyota Camry V6 and four-cylinder models, four-cylinder mid-size sedans are lower priced, more available, and have greater fuel efficiency and lower maintenance costs than V6s. Equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, the four-cylinder Camry delivers about 26 miles per gallon in combined city and highway mileage.
The 2010 Volkswagen Golf is a five-passenger compact hatchback equipped with a five-cylinder, 2.5-liter gas-powered engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. The Golf delivers about 23 miles per gallon in the city and about 30 on the highway. Its engineering design minimizes interior road and wind noise.
Honda's 2010 Accord EX-L automatic comes in two-door and four-door models. The five-passenger sedan features front-wheel drive, a five-speed automatic transmission and a four-cylinder, 2.4-liter gas-powered engine. The Accord delivers about 21 miles per gallon in the city and about 31 miles per hour on the highway.
The Nissan Leaf SL is an all-electric small car equipped with a heavy-duty electric battery. It takes approximately 12 hours to complete a low-voltage recharge of the vehicle. The car averages about 82 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent, or MPGe, compared to the Environmental Protection Agency's ratings of 92 highway miles and 106 miles in the city.