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What’s The Best Selling Used Car? A Comparison of the Top 2 of Recent Vehicles – Honda Accord & Toyota Camry

Most people these days search the Internet when they want to purchase something even if it is just to get a gauge of the price.

When it’s a big purchase such as a used car, comparisons are also important so that you can see what you are likely to get for your money.

You Wanna Know “What is the One Best Used Car?” – not Cars or 20

Inevitably your search – ‘What’s the best selling used car?’ – will come up with variations. Depending on who has compiled the list and which criteria they have used.

That’s exactly what we found when we were researching this too. The searches were sorted into ‘best used cars’, ‘most reliable used cars’, ‘electric cars‘, and Top 10 and Top 20.

Below I have included a list of the top selling cars in the United States for 2018. You can bet the car you are looking for is probably on this list.

RankMake / ModelPrice
1Ford F-Series$28,025
2Chevrolet Silverado$27,785
3RAM Trucks$27,890 to $58,170
4Toyota Camry$23,070
5Honda Civic$18,740
6Toyota Corolla$18,500
7Honda CR-V$24,045
8Toyota RAV4$24,910
9Honda Accord$22,455
10Nissan Rogue$23,820
11Nissan Altima$22,500
12Ford Escape$23,750
13Ford Fusion$22,610
14Ford Explorer$31,660
15Chevrolet Equinox$23,100

Or maybe not!

What I decided was to post the top selling used cars!

Here is the list.

RankMake/ModelUsed Price Range (avg)
1Honda Accord$6,000 to $26,000
2Toyota Camry$8,000 to $31,000
3Nissan Altima$8,000 to $24,000
4Toyota Corolla$9,000 to $18,000
5Honda Civic $9,500 to $25,000
6Ford F-150$7,000 to $40,000
7Chevrolet Silverado$9,600 to $38,000
8Chevrolet Impala$8,000 to $21,000
9Chevrolet Malibu $7,500 to $20,000
10Ford Escape$10,000 to $31,000

First of all we found that for some time the Toyota Camry which held the top spot for used cars since 2007 had been pipped to top spot by the Honda Accord.

Honda Accord is the Top Used Car

This car has been one of the country’s favorite cars since its launch in 1982. Reasons for this include its strengths in safety, comfort and offering good value. It is also a great family car with plenty of interior space and great handling.

2014 Honda Accord

Image Credit: Autoblog.com

Note: The 2014 Honda Accord (image above) is the vehicle we are comparing to a brand new Honda. After all of my research the number one used car is the Honda Accord. Depending on miles you can buy one for a little at $11,000.

Specs & Price of New Honda

Below are the specs and price of a new Honda Accord to compare with a used Honda.

 EX-L 4dr Sedan 2.0L 4cyl Hybrid 4dr Sedan 2.0L 4cyl
Price$32,905$29,605
Combined MPG4848
Transmissioncontinuously variable-speed automaticcontinuously variable-speed automatic
Basic Warranty3 yr./ 36000 mi.3 yr./ 36000 mi.
Base Engine Typehybridhybrid
Total Seating55
Cylindersinline 4inline 4
Drive Trainfront wheel drivefront wheel drive
Mileage Est. (Cty / Hwy)49 / 47 mpg49 / 47 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity15.8 gal.15.8 gal.
Fuel Typeregular unleadedregular unleaded
Range In Miles (Cty / Hwy)774.2 / 742.6 mi.774.2 / 742.6 mi.
Cam TypeDouble overhead cam (DOHC)Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Horsepower212 hp @ 6200 rpm212 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque232 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm232 ft-lbs. @ 4000 rpm
Valves1616
Battery1.3 kWh lithium-ion1.3 kWh lithium-ion

2018 Honda Accord Pair

Image Credit: Jalopnik

Note: The 2018 Honda Accord doesn’t have a V-6 option or a 2-door model. Beautiful looking vehicles.

Specs & Price Range of Used Honda

Here I’ve included a table list of a used Honda 2014. As you can see there isn’t much a difference.

Only the price, the “new car smell”, and the gas mileage since the comparison is with a hybrid. 

 LX 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl CVT)EX-L 4dr Sedan (2.4L 4cyl CVT)
Price Range$11,000 - $17,000$11,000 - $17,500
Combined MPG3030
Transmissioncontinuously variable-speed automaticcontinuously variable-speed automatic
Basic Warrantyn/an/a
Base Engine Typegasgas
Total Seating55
Cylindersinline 4inline 4
Drive Trainfront wheel drivefront wheel drive
Mileage Est. (Cty / Hwy)27/36 mpg27/36 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity17.2 gal.17.2 gal.
Fuel Typeregular unleadedregular unleaded
Valves1616

Toyota Camry is the Second Spot

The Toyota Camry has always appeared high in the super-mini stakes probably because it hits the spot for both reliability and affordability and the fact car insurance for this model is usually cheaper.

2014 Toyota Camry

Image Credit: Cars.com

Note: After doing some research the top selling used vehicle prior to 2007 was the Toyota Camry (image above). Since then the Accord has taken over the 1st spot. Probably because of the slightly cheaper cost.

Probably one of the reasons is slipped to second behind the Accord is the Camry is a little more pricey overall and for parts.

New Toyota Camry Specs & Price

Below is the price and specs of a Toyota Camry Hybrid. Comparable to the Honda, but we are comparing to a used one.

 XLE 4dr Sedan 2.5L 4cyl SE 4dr Sedan 2.5L 4cyl
Price$30,140$27,995
Combined MPG3838
Transmissioncontinuously variable-speed automaticcontinuously variable-speed automatic
Basic Warranty3 yr. / 36000 mi.3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Base Engine Typehybridhybrid
Total Seating55
Cylindersinline 4inline 4
Drive Trainfront wheel drivefront wheel drive
EPA Mileage Est. (Cty / Hwy)40 / 37 mpg40 / 37 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity17.0 gal.17.0 gal.
Fuel Typeregular unleadedregular unleaded
Range In Miles (Cty / Hwy)680.0 / 629.0 mi.680.0 / 629.0 mi.
Cam TypeDouble overhead cam (DOHC)Double overhead cam (DOHC)
Horsepowerinline 4inline 4
Torque 200 hp @ 5700 rpm200 hp @ 5700 rpm
Valves1616
BatterySealed Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)Sealed Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)

Used Camry Specs  & Price Comparison

Below is table list of the price and specifications of the Camry. Not much a difference between the new and used. Except for the obvious and a huge amount savings if you decide to go the used car route.

The used Camry is a little more costly than the used Accord by about $3,000 on average.

 SE 4dr Sedan (2.5L 4cyl 6A)LE 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 11/13 (2.5L 4cyl 6A)
Price Range$14,967 - $20,729$14,967 - $21,729
Combined MPG2828
Transmission6-speed shiftable automatic6-speed shiftable automatic
Basic Warranty3 yr. / 36000 mi.3 yr. / 36000 mi.
Base Engine Typegasgas
Total Seating55
Cylindersinline 4inline 4
Drive Trainfront wheel drivefront wheel drive
EPA Mileage Est. (Cty / Hwy)25/35 mpg25/35 mpg
Fuel Tank Capacity17.0 gal.17.0 gal.
Fuel Typeregular unleadedregular unleaded
Cam TypeDouble overhead cam (DOHC)Double overhead cam (DOHC)

2018 Toyota Camry

Image Credit: Consumer Reports

Note: 2018 Toyota Camry redesign. The MSRP is $24,000. Adding any trim to the vehicle is $1,000 to $1,500 extra. Additional add-ons and features will make the cost of the new Camry about $29,000.

Which Vehicle to Buy is Based on Your Needs & Budget

The list according to What Car? meanwhile still placed the Toyota Camry in the overall number one spot. But because of their categories several other used cars did well too.

These include the Nissan Altima coming out as the best family car with the Honda Civic as the best small family car.

One thing to note is it appears the Toyota Camry seems to hold its value longer than the Accord.

If you’re looking for city car in the small category, then opt for the Honda Accord. But if it’s the other end of the market covering executive and luxury travel, then the Audi A6 is the car for you or the Nissan Pathfinder in the SUV class.

Now You Know Which Used Vehicles Top the List

What this does is confirm there is plenty of information out there with reviews covering many categories to give you a full, overall picture of just about any car you might be considering.

It’s up to you to narrow it down according to the criteria most important to you be it size, fuel consumption, oh and of course price range for the used model.

And don’t forget the CarFax!

Hold Old of Vehicle Should I Buy?

My own personal preference when buying a used vehicle is one that is 3 to 4 year old. I used to say 2 year, but vehicles are so well made now that 3 to 4 years is best for depreciation and value. 

Next on the check list is how to finance your purchase. If you don’t have the cash up front there are many banks who will help you with a car loan so that you can purchase the used car of your dreams.

Whatever you do don’t get a loan from a dealership! 

Think about what you can sensibly afford to pay back and don’t forget the other expenses which you will incur when buying a car such as the car tax and insurance and of course reserves for maintenance and unforeseen costs.

If a bank will not give you a loan, you can also search online for companies that can organize used car loans for you taking the search headache out of the equation.

After all you’ve done all that hard work researching which car!

And if you are like me – buying used to save a ton of cash…make sure you don’t get ripped off through a bad loan!

Tiffany Olson

Tiffany Olson

Tiffany Olson hails from majestic Northern California and blogs regularly on auto related topics. She loves to share knowledge with others through writing and social media. When she's not at her keyboard you'll usually find her taking a road trip, baking cookies, or reading a book.

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