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Japanese models dominate Consumer Reports list of best-value used cars

November 23, 2010
Japanese-made autos dominated a list of best-value used vehicles, accounting for 15 of the 18 bargains identified by Consumer Reports magazine. The other three vehicles were U.S. models. Cars made in Germany, Sweden, Korea and elsewhere were no-shows on the list. Magazine editors chose cars that "proved reliable, performed well in Consumer Reports' tests when new, and offer excellent value for the money." The consumer- Advocacy group which publishes Consumer Reports gave a nod to the 1999 Lincoln Town Car Executive for being feature-rich and for depreciation that brought it to an average sales price of $11,000. Prices in the study reflect average dealer asking prices, based on average mileage for the model year. For about $6,000, a Honda Civic EX or a 1999 Mazda Protege ES offer reliability and economy, editors said. For lower miles, the report suggests the 2001 Honda Civic EX, at $9,500. Consumer Reports described the 1996 Infiniti G20 as a sporty, "well put-together" car for those with more limited means, at about $5,500.