As we head into the holiday you might be planning on finding a sweet deal on a new ride. Or perhaps your teenager just received their license and it's time to find them a safe yet practical vehicle. Whatever your need, The Car Connection is here to help.
With thousands of vehicle review and millions of used-car listings, we are without a question your one-stop shop when it comes to researching and buying vehicles. From trucks and SUVs to hatchbacks, wagons, and sedans, we review it all. We even have an iPhone app so you can research while on the go.
We spent some time sifting through used-car listings and found these five gems just for you. From a wagon and SUVs to a compact sedan and large family sedan, there's something for everyone.
Now the only question is which one would you choose?
2001 Buick Park Avenue Ultra used carEnlarge Photo
92,238 miles; $8,990
If you need a safe, large, reliable vehicle, then this 2001 Buick Park Avenue Ultra might be for you. With a bench seat up front you'll be able to hold six people in this cruiser, and there's a CD player in the dash to pump out the tunes. It's loaded with leather, automatic climate control, heated power seats, and we dig the white-on-gray color scheme. With less than 100,000 miles on the odometer we'd say it has plenty of life in it yet. [See more used Buick Park Avenues]
2008 Ford Focus SES used car
2008 Ford Focus SES used carEnlarge Photo
47,130 miles; $9,999
Grand Haven, Michigan
Now here's a compact sedan that's known to be reliable. This 2008 Ford Focus features low miles, and a price below $10,000. It's fuel efficient, and it's a coupe with a five-speed manual transmission. While not exactly fast, it's more fun than an automatic. With an EPA highway rating in the mid 30s, this is definitely a fuel-efficient ride. We like that it features the optional moonroof, and the alloy wheels look nice. It's been for sale for over 40 days, so there may be wiggle room when it comes time to talk price. [See more used Ford Focuses]
2006 Ford Explorer used car
2006 Ford Explorer used carEnlarge Photo
100,649 miles; $9,990
If you want an SUV to haul the kids to soccer practice then this Explorer might be the ticket. With a 4.0-liter V-6 engine you won't be at the pump nearly as much as if it had the optional V-8 engine. It has just over 100,000 miles and looks to be in good shape. For those seeking adventure there are roof rails in place just waiting for some accessories, and the alloy wheels look sharp. It's been on the market for just over 20 days, so you might have some flexibility on the price. [See more used Ford Explorers]
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited used car
2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited used carEnlarge Photo
82,962 miles; $10,990
If you are looking to tow a trailer while hauling five people in comfort this 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited with a HEMI V-8 engine might just be what you're looking for. Inside you'll find two-tone leather seats and a premium audio system. The red paint looks shiny and looks to be in good condition. The description for this Jeep leaves a lot to be desired, but being a Limited model we know it's pretty loaded up when it comes to options such as heated seats, full-time four-wheel drive, power locks, doors, mirrors, and auto dimming mirrors. It's been on the market nearly a month, so negotiations might prove worthwhile. [See more used Jeep Grand Cherokees]
2004 Mazda Mazda6 used car
2004 Mazda Mazda6 used carEnlarge Photo
138,743 miles; $5,950
If you need a station wagon with some zoom zoom then this Mazda6 wagon is just what you've been looking for. It's fun to drive yet fuel efficient with its small six-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. With seating for five and plenty of cargo room this would make a great road trip car. It's also fuel efficient with EPA ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the highway. It's been on the market for nearly two months, so negotiating the price shouldn't be an issue. [See more used Mazda Mazda6s]
As always, we highly recommend you have a trusted mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection on any used vehicle before you write a check. It's also a good idea to ask the dealership for the Carfax report.