Toyota has one of the broadest lineups in the market, so buyers looking for used vehicles have plenty of options to choose from. There are so many Toyotas sold each year that even if you’re not looking specifically for a used Toyota, you’re likely to find several in your search.
According to reliability data and other factors we’ve considered, that’s a good thing. In fact, our ranking system shows that Toyota vehicles tend to be among the best used options in their categories. From compact hybrid commuter cars to beefy work trucks, here are the best used Toyotas, according to U.S. News & World Report’s rankings.
2011 Toyota Avalon
Toyota’s largest sedan, the Avalon, is one of the best cars in its class on the used market. According to reliability data from J.D. Power and Associates, a 2011 Toyota Avalon is more likely than the competition to soldier on, providing dependable performance at a predictable total cost of ownership.
Though the J.D. Power dependability scores are a big factor in assembling this rundown of the best used Toyotas, they’re not the only consideration.
The 2011 Avalon seats five passengers and offered just one engine option, a 3.5-liter V6. When the Avalon was new, critics said it provided plenty of power and were impressed with its fuel efficiency. Aside from a few minor quibbles about the cockpit controls’ layout, this large sedan came very highly recommended. While the 2011 Toyota Avalon scored best among used Avalons in the rankings, model years 2009 through 2014 scored well, as did Avalon Hybrid models.
2009 Toyota Sienna
As far as used minivans go, it’s hard to beat a 2009 Toyota Sienna, at least according to U.S. News & World Report’s ranking data. This Sienna is reliable, comfortable, and unique in its class, thanks to its optional all-wheel drive.
The 2009 Sienna is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine, which provides ample power and proven reliability. The Sienna could be configured to carry up to eight passengers, or seven with optional second-row captain’s chairs. Reviewers noted that accommodations were comfortable and the cabin had a smart design with plentiful features. Some reviewers thought the Sienna’s handling abilities suffered a bit, but its other high points overcome this single drawback. Though the 2009 Sienna has the highest score in our used minivan rankings, other model years, from 2010 up to 2014, are also smart choices for a preowned family vehicle.
2010 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is still one of the best midsize hybrid cars on the market, and – good news! – the same goes for used Prius models. The 2010 Toyota Prius has great reliability and safety scores, offers exceptional fuel economy estimates, and has throngs of enthusiastic fans.
For a midsize car, the 2010 Prius offers plenty of space for both passengers and cargo, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by reviewers, who appreciated the passenger-friendly features. However, they noted that the Prius’ dashboard and control layout is a little unusual and takes some getting used to.
The 2010 Prius was fitted with a new engine, which brought considerable improvements in both power and fuel economy; that’s something you’ll want to remember if you’re looking at earlier models. Of the ranked model years, from 2009 through 2014, the 2010 Prius achieved the highest score in the rankings, but all Prius models scored well.
2009 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Though Toyota’s 2016 Highlander is a popular midsize SUV and one of the more family-friendly vehicles in the brand’s lineup, the Highlander Hybrid is the better bet when used. The 2009 Highlander Hybrid (and the 2010, as well) are good choices for a safe, reliable, and fuel-efficient used SUV.
The 2009 Highlander Hybrid’s family-oriented convenience features include an optional third row of seating, a quiet and smooth ride, and a well-designed powertrain that critics say operates like a non-hybrid vehicle's, with smooth, steady acceleration. While many critics praised the cabin of the Highlander Hybrid, some who drove the base model said the interior materials were of disappointing quality. Critics also complained about the big price premium for the Highlander Hybrid over the regular Highlander when they were new, but current average sales prices show that depreciation has wiped out much of the difference.
2010 Toyota RAV4
The 2010 Toyota RAV4 was one of the most appealing small SUVs on the market when it was new. Now, this generation of the RAV4 ranks among Toyota’s best used models thanks to its dependability, safety, and total cost of ownership.
With a top reliability score from J.D. Power, plus a strong safety rating, the 2010 RAV4 would be a smart used vehicle anyway, but critics said the optional third row of seating (which was unusual for a small SUV at the time) and generous cargo space give the RAV4 extra points for practicality.
The ride is firmer than expected, some critics noted, although the suspension works well with the RAV4’s optional V6 engine, which was recommended over the base four-cylinder. According to our rankings, RAV4s from 2009, 2011, and 2012 are also good choices for a used Toyota SUV. However, when the RAV4 was redesigned for the 2013 model year, its ratings took a dive.
2010 Toyota Venza
The station-wagon-like Toyota Venza was discontinued after the 2015 model year, but it was good while it lasted – at least according to our used vehicle rankings. The 2010 version of this midsize SUV is a smart used buy.
The Venza’s strong reliability and safety ratings are great arguments in the Venza’s favor. The Venza was designed more for the benefit of passengers than the driver, so don’t buy a 2010 Toyota Venza if you’re looking for an engaging driving experience. However, its car-like handling made it feel competent and comfortable, and both the four-cylinder and V6 engines earned good reviews and near-best-of-class fuel economy. If you’re looking for a used Venza and can’t find a good 2010 example, you can expand your search from 2009 through 2012.
2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid
The 2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid takes a spot on our list because it earned the best score of all used Camrys currently ranked. That said, nearly all used Camrys scored well. Any version of this midsize sedan, whether in regular or hybrid, from 2009 through 2014, is unlikely to disappoint.
The 2009 Camry Hybrid has an above-average reliability score from J.D. Power, as well as strong safety scores. It also does well in our performance and interior scoring thanks to its very competitive fuel mileage, spacious and comfortable cabin, and pleasant driving experience.
Critics who drove the 2009 Camry Hybrid at the time noted that it behaved more like a regular Camry than like a hybrid, which was a strong point in its favor. This midsize sedan seats five passengers with plenty of wiggle room, and reviewers noted that its high-quality cabin finishes were likely to stay in good shape. Thanks to the Toyota Camry’s perennial popularity, used car shoppers should have no problem finding a deal on a clean one.
2012 Toyota Prius c
In 2012, Toyota added two new models to the popular Prius hybrid lineup, capitalizing on both the name recognition and the technology. The 2012 Prius c, an affordable subcompact hybrid car, is one of the best preowned Toyotas available, according to U.S. News used vehicle rankings.
Because of its smaller footprint, the Prius c isn’t quite as functional as a regular Prius. However, its impressive fuel economy gives it an advantage against other cars this size. Reviewers who drove the car when it was new were pleased with the fuel mileage but unimpressed with the mediocre performance. They said the Prius c is slow to accelerate and struggles when passing on the highway or traversing hills. Handling and braking are about average for a car in this class. Nearly all reviewers agreed that the Prius c’s cabin is a little cramped. If the 2012 Toyota Prius c isn’t available nearby, 2013 and 2014 models are also good used car candidates.
2012 Toyota Tacoma
The 2012 Toyota Tacoma compact pickup makes our list of the best used Toyotas with a mix of above-average reliability, strong safety scores, a well-crafted interior, and competitive fuel economy.
New Toyota Tacoma pickups are a popular offering, but there’s nothing wrong with trying to save some bucks buying used. Critics who drove the 2012 Tacoma when it was new suggested skipping over the base four-cylinder engine and going right for the V6, which provides better acceleration and towing capabilities with just a slight fuel mileage penalty. Critics also largely agreed that the 2012 Tacoma had the nicest cabin in the class at the time, with comfortable seating, high-quality finishes, and lots of features. The 2012 Toyota Tacoma edged out other Tacomas in our scoring system, but the other years ranked, from 2009 through 2014, are also good choices for a used truck.