With the 4th of July holiday coming up, you may be planning a road trip. That just might involve a change of vehicles--a change into something pre-owned, perhaps?
If you're about to purchase a vehicle, we can help. With millions of used car listings, and thousands of vehicle reviews, The Car Connection has all the tools you need for quick and easy used-car shopping.
We'll do one better than that. To save time, we've scoured through our used-car listings to find five vehicles that would be great for your road trip, and for everything that comes after that. From a station wagon and pickup truck, to fuel-efficient family sedans and a crossover, we've covered all the major bases, not to mention a big chunk of the country.
2001 Subaru Outback used carEnlarge Photo
138,157 miles; $8,900
No matter where your family adventures might take you, this 2001 Subaru Outback will help get you there. With its all-wheel-drive system and impressive ground clearance, trekking through the woods to that perfect hiking location never seemed so easy. It has a fuel-efficient four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission. The ad states it has a Carfax buyback, which can help put your mind at ease. It's been on the market for nearly three months, so we bet you'll be able to negotiate on the price. [See more used Subaru Outbacks]
2007 Mazda 6 used carEnlarge Photo
54,940 miles; $9,995
If you need a fun-to-drive mid-size family sedan, this 2007 Mazda 6 could be the ticket. It is powered by a fuel-efficient 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine connected to a five-speed manual transmission. It has less than 55,000 miles and the burgundy paint looks shiny. The Mazda 6 is known to have good handling for a family sedan, and the eight-way power driver seat will help make sure you're comfortable behind the wheel. It's been on sale nearly three months, so we'd suggest you haggle on the price. [See more used Mazda 6s]
2000 Chevrolet Silverado used carEnlarge Photo
65,432 miles; $9,985
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
If you need to tow something on your road trip, this 2000 Chevrolet Silverado has the grunt to do it. With a 5.3-liter V-8 engine under the hood, it'll pull that boat or camper to your destination with ease. It comes with a camper top so you can haul your luggage in the bed without worrying about it getting wet if it rains, and the interior features leather seats. [See more used Chevrolet Silverados]
2006 Nissan Altima used carEnlarge Photo
86,043 miles; $10,991
If you need a family sedan that has a reputation for reliability, a Nissan Altima will fit the bill. This 2006 Altima is just under $11,000, but we'd bet with a bit of negotiating you might be able to get it under $10,000. It has a gas-saving four-cylinder engine under the hood and an automatic transmission sending power to the front wheels. It's a comfortable sedan on the highway and has more than enough room in the trunk for all your luggage. [See more used Nissan Altimas]
2008 Ford Escape used carEnlarge Photo
98,853 miles; $9,993
If you prefer a higher seating position while you drive, this 2008 Ford Escape could be the vehicle for you. We like the Vista Blue paint color, and inside you'll find tan leather seats. Its V-6 engine sends power to the front wheels through an automatic transmission. It features alloy wheels, power door locks, mirrors, windows, and a voice-activated Microsoft SYNC system. If you are worried about paint chips, don't be. It comes with a bug deflector already installed. [See more used Ford Escapes]
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.