It's the weekend and perhaps you are preparing to head out to test-drive some used vehicles. Or maybe your neighbor needs some help purchasing a vehicle for their teenager. No matter what your story, The Car Connection is here to help.
We have over three million used-car listings and thousands of vehicle reviews. Our site features easy-to-use tools to help you locate your perfect vehicle. And with the ability to sort by brand, vehicle type, make, model, and even color, you'll find it's easier than you think to find a vehicle you'll love. We even have a new iPhone app to help you while you're on the go.
This week we sifted through some used-vehicle listings to find you these gems. Each one is just sitting on a dealership lot waiting for its new owner.
2006 Subaru Legacy used car
98,695 miles; $10,998
This 2006 Subaru Legacy may be smaller than the current model, but it's also lighter-weight and that affects the handling in a positive way. It's also known to be reliable, with its 2.5-liter boxer engine, and since it averages nearly 30 mpg on the highway, you won't be seeing the gas pump nearly as often as you might imagine. We dig the two-tone cloth interior for being different than some boring gray color, and the dashboard design isn't boring either. It's only been on the market for a few days, so negotiating on price might be somewhat difficult. [See more used Subaru Legacys]
2003 Nissan Maxima used car
125,167 miles; $7,995
Des Moines, Iowa
This Nissan Maxima is from the generation we especially like--before the design got all bloated and weird. It features a reliable 3.5-liter V-6 engine that has more than enough horsepower to get you where you need to be. It's also rather fuel efficient for it's size. We like the alloy wheels, and the heated leather seats will be nice in the winter (but who wants to think about that season at this moment). For less than $8,000, this will make a great daily driver. [See more used Nissan Maximas]
2008 Chevrolet Impala used car
107,777 miles; $11,757
Fort Worth, Texas
If you need a large family sedan that's reliable, and cheap to fix if it does break, this one-owner Chevrolet Impala might be the ticket. It's massive, with a large rear seat and a big trunk for all your hauling needs. This one features alloy wheels, power locks, windows, and mirrors, and an auxiliary input jack. It has plenty of power from its 3.5-liter V-6 engine, and it gets nearly 30 mpg on the highway. While it may not be flashy, it'll get the job done. [See more used Chevrolet Impalas]
2001 Ford Mustang GT used car
95,358 miles; $7,450
Los Angeles, California
Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than driving around in a red sports car with a throaty V-8 engine. This 2001 Ford Mustang would fit the bill, with a 4.6-liter V-8 engine and automatic transmission. While we prefer manual transmissions in our muscle cars, we realize that many people prefer automatics if they plan to use it as their daily driver, and this would be a good option for that. Leather seats and a rear spoiler round out a rather clean-looking Mustang. We rather dig the old-school-looking wheels, and we are sure that engine sounds fantastic. [See more used Ford Mustangs]
2003 Toyota Tundra used car
129,501 miles; $10,995
If you have a boat to tow to the lake this summer then this 2003 Toyota Tundra would probably be nice to have. We dig the stepside bed and TRD package. It's powered by a reliable 4.7-liter V-8 with more than enough grunt to haul the tows to the lake for a weekend. The ad states it also has a bedliner and new tires. The only caution with these is frame rust; it can be an issue. So be sure to have the frame checked by a competent mechanic. [See more used Toyota Tundras]
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.