Synonymous with American know-how,used Chevrolet cars and SUVs have proven reliable and affordable. Models from the past several years remain in steady demand among used car buyers, ranking near the top of our used car ratings.
Overall, prices for used Chevys average slightly higher than competitors such as Ford, Nissan and Toyota because the brand skews toward heavier and more expensive trucks and SUVs. However, it’s possible to find both Chevy SUVs and sedans at a bargain.
“They all have comparable offerings, but Chevrolet just sells more of the big stuff,” said Ivan Drury, an industry analyst at Edmunds. For example, among midsize cars, the Chevy Malibu is cheaper than its chief rivals – the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima, and Toyota Camry – for each of the last five model years, according to data compiled by Edmunds. Prices vary according to segment and geographic market, so do your homework first when looking for used Chevy cars and SUVs.
U.S. News & World Report examined the best Chevrolet models from our used car rankings.
The Chevrolet Volt earns especially high marks within the hybrid segment. The 2011 Chevrolet Volt is the No. 1 Used Hybrid Car Under $15K in our rankings, while the 2012 model placed second in our ranking of Used Hybrid Cars $15K to $20K. The 2014 Chevrolet Volt came in fourth in our ranking of Used Hybrid Cars $20K and Up. Although General Motors has steadily increased the electric range of its flagship plug-in hybrid car, a used Volt is a smart buy because it offers ample battery-powered range for much less than the $33,200 starting price of a 2017 model.
Chevrolet’s lineup of gasoline-powered sedans also stacked up against rivals in key categories. The 2014 Chevy Malibu ranked third on our list of Used Midsize Cars $15K and Up, tying with the 2014 Honda Accord Hybrid, 2014 Nissan Altima, 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid, 2012 Toyota Camry, and 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Chevrolet upgraded the Malibu’s cabin and performance for the 2014 model year, which now offers buyers the benefits of a current Malibu for thousands of dollars less. Its four-cylinder engine achieves a respectable 25 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. Its trunk is one of the largest in its class.
The larger Chevy Impala also secured a top spot on our list of Used Large Cars $20K and Up. The 2014 model placed third in a four-way tie with the 2014 Buick LaCrosse, 2014 Kia Cadenza, and 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid. Also redesigned for 2014, the Impala has a premium interior and standard features that include satellite and HD radio, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Its four-cylinder engine gets decent fuel economy at 21 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway. The 2014 Chevy Impala was voted our 2014 Best Large Car for the Money and 2014 Best Large Car for Families.
Even Chevy’s muscle car offers buyers strong value. The 2010 Chevy Camaro placed fourth in our rankings of Used Sports Cars Under $20K, just behind the 2009 and 2010 Ford Mustangs and the 2010 Mazda MX-5 Miata. The Camaro boasts a powerful 3.6-liter V6 base engine and nimble handling. The 2010 model includes several advanced features such as keyless entry, cruise control, and front seats with power-reclining seat backs.
But, as Drury noted, Chevy has produced popular SUVs over the past several years, too. Among Used Compact SUVs Under $15K, the five-seater 2009 Chevrolet Equinox ranked fourth, while the 2012 and 2013 models shared the third-place distinction with the 2012 Toyota RAV4 in our rankings of Used Compact SUVs $15K to $20K. The 2009 model comes standard with a powerful V6 engine that makes 185 horsepower; an option for a more dynamic, 264-horsepower sport model is available. For 2012 and 2013, the Equinox downsized to a four-cylinder engine but comes with an option for a V6. Both base models achieve a respectable 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway and come standard with Bluetooth, an auxiliary input jack, and USB port.
Buyers with large families or a lot of cargo to haul might consider one of Chevy’s larger SUVs, especially the three-row Tahoe. The 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe clinched the top spot in our rankings of Used Large SUVs Under $30K, while the 2010 Tahoe hybrid ranked third. The gasoline-powered version has a potent 5.3-liter V8 engine and achieves good fuel economy for its class at 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. The gas-electric variant is one of the most fuel-efficient large SUVs on the market. Its 6.0-liter V8 engine and pair of electric motors can get 21 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway. Both models have handsome, comfortable cabins with USB connectivity and GM’s OnStar telematics system.
Among Used Large SUVs Over $30K, the 2012 Chevrolet Suburban ranked second and the 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe placed third. With its comfortable ride and ample towing capacity and cargo space, the Suburban rated behind only the 2011 Toyota Sequoia. Its standard V8 engine gets a decent EPA-estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. Significantly, it can seat up to nine people with the optional front bench seat. It comes standard with satellite radio, a USB port, and Bluetooth. Like its predecessors, the 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe has a powerful engine and well-appointed cabin. When it was new, it was named our 2014 Best Large SUV for the Money and 2014 Best Large SUV for Families.
From the midsize Malibu sedan to the large Suburban SUV, Chevrolet offers several tried-and-true nameplates that deliver solid engineering and comfort at a reasonable price. Bargain-hunters will find that older vehicles pack the technology and performance found in current models but at a fraction of the price. Used Chevy cars and SUVs offer a legacy of American-made power and style and are plentiful in markets nationwide.