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We’re pleased to launch our Used Car Rankings, especially since so many users have asked for them. We hope that they give used car shoppers the same confidence that new car shoppers have when using our New Car Rankings.

The used car market is much bigger than the market for new cars. Analysts at TrueCar.com estimate that new car sales this year should reach about 14 million vehicles. Used cars, on the other hand, should total 40 million vehicles. Odds are, if someone is shopping for a car, they’re shopping used.

Our Used Car Rankings tool allows consumers to do head-to-head comparisons of used cars. The rankings are organized by automotive class and model year as well as budget, so you can choose the way you want to shop for a used car. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices or decided which used vehicle best fits your lifestyle and budget, check out our used car listings, where you can browse used vehicles for sale in your area. Any used car you’re considering buying should still be taken for a thorough test drive and be inspected by a reputable mechanic.

With nearly 600 cars, SUVs and minivans from the 2009 to 2011 model years, our Used Car Rankings will help you choose a used vehicle that is best for you. Here are a few of the top-ranked vehicles:

Used Small Cars Under $12K:

2010 Nissan Versa

Used Midsize Cars Under $15K:

2009 Toyota Camry

Used Compact SUVs Under $18K:

2009 Honda CR-V

Used Midsize SUVs Under $20K:

2009 Hyundai Santa Fe

Used Large SUVs Under $35K:

2010 Chevrolet Tahoe / 2011 Ford Expedition (tie)

Used Minivans Under $20K:

2010 Kia Sedona

To create the Used Car Rankings, U.S. News calculated scores for each vehicle by combining the consensus opinion of automotive critics with safety, reliability and operating cost data. The operating cost data is the projected five-year operating expense of a vehicle, including the cost of fuel, maintenance and repairs. U.S. News weighted these data points based on proprietary surveys of used car shoppers to determine what matters most to them. You can learn more about our methodology by checking out How We Rank Used Cars.