Edmunds.com, an Internet resource for consumer automotive information, has released its top best-value choices in the used vehicle market.
Edmunds.com's 2004 used-car Best Bets are:
1997-2002 Honda Civic
1997-2002 Toyota Camry
1997-2002 Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Grand Marquis
1997-2002 Lexus ES 300
1997-2002 Mazda Miata
1997-2002 Honda CR-V
1999-2002 Nissan Pathfinder
1999-2002 Honda Odyssey
1997-2002 Ford Ranger / Mazda B-Series
1997-2002 Ford F-150
Edmunds.com editors emphasize reliability, safety, and availability as the most important criteria when developing their best-value list. The editors also limited selection age range to 2-7 years because older vehicles typically have unacceptably high mileage, and newer units will not have experienced the initial depreciation hit that generally makes a low-mileage 2- or 3-year-old car the best value.