Sedan Central: 5 Great Used Sedans to Consider

August 13th, 2021 by

A white 2020 Hyundai Elantra is shown driving on an open road past a city.

Are you looking for a new car but aren’t sure where to start your search or how to find the best sedan for your driving and budget needs? It’s time to call in the professionals. As your Lexington used car lot, the team here at Dan Cummins Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram is ready to help you find a great used sedan.

The first part of finding a great sedan is knowing what to look for on the lot. With the used vehicle market seeing around 39.3 million sales in 2020 alone, it’s safe to say that you have plenty of options. But sometimes, having too many options can be overwhelming. We’re here to save you time and money by sharing 5 of the top-selling used sedans in the industry. From models like the affordable Hyundai Elantra to the best-selling Honda Accord, you’ll find a sedan that’s perfect for you right here on the list; we guarantee it!

#1 – Hyundai Elantra

Since its founding in 1967, Hyundai has consistently delivered reliable vehicles with advanced technology while simultaneously modernizing and mobilizing its native South Korea. In America, Hyundai’s innovation is apparent in its best-selling model, the Elantra, which was introduced in 1990. Over the last three decades, the Elantra has transformed from an ugly duckling into an elegant swan, which is what makes this sedan one of the best deals you’ll find on the used lot.

The Elantra’s sophistication is truly apparent when you shop for models from the sixth generation, which runs from 2015 to 2020. Keep an eye out for a 2019 or 2020 Elantra since these models boast many of the same connectivity, safety, and driver-assist tools as the new seventh-generation Elantra. Hyundai also added the Sport trim to the Elantra lineup in 2017, which is great if you’re looking for more horsepower and a more performance-focused experience behind the wheel.

#2 – Nissan Altima

Spacious, efficient, and safe are three words that aptly describe the Nissan Altima and are part of what makes the sedan a top seller on both new and used lots. Introduced in the early 1990s, the Altima’s evolution has been impressive, with its first-generation model offering head-up display technology that was rarely seen in sedans at the time. The second generation introduced side airbags, while the third generation truly put the Altima on the map when it was named the 2002 North American Car of the Year.

The sixth-generation Altima was introduced in 2019 and is a great buy since it’s the first Altima to offer intelligent all-wheel-drive, which boosts its capability and handling on a variety of terrain and in various weather conditions like snow, sleet, and rain. If you want to save even more on the sticker price, check out a newer, fifth-generation (2013-2018) model. The 2018 Altima added connectivity tools like standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration while building on the sedan’s best-selling features like the exclusive Zero Gravity seats that put you in the perfect seating position when you’re in the driver’s seat.

A blue 2020 Nissan Altima is shown from the front driving through a city after leaving a Lexington used car lot.

#3 – Honda Accord

Following the widespread success of the Civic, Honda set out to reshape the segment with a larger sedan designed with families in mind. The Accord made its debut in 1977 as a two-door hatchback powered by a 1.6-liter engine that delivered just 68 horsepower. Despite its modest power, the Accord was quick to respond, insanely efficient, and reasonably spacious. This combination earned it high praise across the board and ignited the evolution of the Accord over the next ten generations (and counting).

Honda unveiled the tenth-generation Accord in 2018, which makes this model a great option if you’re looking for a newer sedan with all the latest technology and safety features. When shopping for the 2018 Accord, keep in mind that the sedan comes with either a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 192 horsepower or a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that boosts the Accord’s power to 252 ponies. For drivers looking for a more eco-friendly option that’s also affordable, look for a used Accord Hybrid, which was first introduced in 2018.

#4 – Toyota Camry

With a name derived from the Japanese word for crown, the Toyota Camry undeniably wears a crown in the automotive industry after outselling every other midsize sedan in America since 2002. By the 1970s, Toyota was the top-selling import brand in America and set out to take its reputation to the next level with the debut of the Camry in 1983. The all-new, front-wheel-drive, four-door sedan marked Toyota’s debut into the segment of midsize cars and positioned the Camry at the starting line of a fierce race against rivals like the Honda Accord.

One of the many great things about the Camry is that it’s built to last, which means these used sedans still have plenty of life left in them. Since Toyota redesigned the Camry for its eighth-generation debut in 2018, we recommend keeping an eye out for models built since then. These Camrys also offer a wide array of standard safety and connectivity tools like Apple CarPlay that allow you to stay connected without taking your focus from the road.

A black 2020 Chevy Malibu is shown from the front driving through a city.

#5 – Chevrolet Malibu

As one of the longest-running nameplates in the Chevy lineup, the Malibu is a fitting way to wrap up our list. The Malibu was first introduced in 1964 as a top-tier trim for the Chevy Chevelle before it became a model in its own right in the 1970s. This prompted its entry into the NASCAR circuit, where it graced the winner’s circle 25 times between 1973 and 1977. By the early 1980s, the Malibu evolved into a smaller sedan, and declining sales led to a 14-year hiatus until the Malibu’s return in the late 1990s. Since then, the Malibu has continuously evolved to meet the demands of drivers looking to get behind the wheel of Chevy’s iconic sedan.

With such an extensive history in America, there are plenty of Malibus to choose from on the used lot, and that means you’ll have to narrow down your search even further. If you’re looking for the latest features and technology but don’t want to pay the sticker price for a new Malibu, look for a 2019 model. Chevy refreshed the Malibu in 2019 and added the sporty RS trim to the lineup. You’ll also find the 2019 Malibu is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Chevy’s exclusive Teen Driver technology, which makes it a great option for families with young drivers as well.

What’s Your Pick?

Did you know that buying a used vehicle is one of the wisest financial decisions you can make? New cars start depreciating (losing their value) the moment you drive them off the lot. When you buy an older model, you’re avoiding this initial depreciation and keeping more money in your wallet. You’ll also find that you can likely afford a better-equipped sedan off the used lot than paying that new-car price.

These benefits are just the gateway to everything that buying a used sedan has to offer. Yes, there are even more perks to shopping for a pre-owned model! Now that you know five of the best used sedans in the industry and what to look for on the lot, it’s time to start shopping. Pay us a visit, take a few test drives, and find the best used sedan for your needs and budget.