Best for the Buck Cars

Anyone shopping for a used car these days has plenty of choices.

So how do you pick the best car on the lot? Automotive editor Rik Paul says Consumer Reports used car yearbook has named “Best for the Buck” vehicles that are a lot of car for the money.

These vehicles have three things going for them. They did well in Consumer Reports testing, they've been reliable and they're a good value.

The Mazda Protege ES is a best for the buck small sedan. It's long been a top performer in Consumer Reports tests. And when it comes to reliability, the Protege has done well too.

Reliability ratings are based on 675,000 responses from car owners who tell about any serious problems they've had.

The 2000 Mazda Protege ES, which goes for about $8,000, is also very good on gas.

The 1997 Toyota Camry XLE v6, a mid-sized family sedan, sells for about $8,000. Another plus, it gets good gas mileage.

1997 Honda Accord LX v6 is another excellent choice for a mid-sized sedan. It's got sound handling and a high quality interior. The 1997 model is going for about $8,500.

For a smaller sport utility, the 1999 Subaru forester l is another consumer reports best for the buck vehicle.

It's one of the best car-based suv’s Consumer Reports has tested. It has nimble handling and a comfortable ride. And at $10,500, the Subaru Forester is an excellent value.

Consumer Reports says to make sure you have a mechanic check out any used car you're interested in to ensure it's in good condition.

In Colorado, there is no lemon law for used vehicles.

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