Consumer Reports’ Best Used Cars List Goes Out


Consumer Report released their list of Best Used Cars & Mama's has them! Stop in today!

Consumer Report released their list of Best Used Cars & Mama’s has them! Stop in today!

Consumer Reports recently published its list of the best—and worst—used cars on roadways. For the sake of staying positive, however, we’ll just highlight what Consumer Reports saw as the very best in each segment, and highlight some of our favorites here at Mama’s Used Cars.

In the less than $10,000 division, Consumer Reports picked the Toyota Prius (2004-07), Scion xB (2004-06), Pontiac Vibe (2005-08), and the Toyota Matrix (2005-07) as the best choices. The Hyundai Sonata (2007-08) and the Acura TSX (strictly 2004) were favorite contenders for the sedan segment. SUVs included the Toyota Highlander V6 (2004) and the Mitsubishi Outlander (2007).

Consumer Reports also looked into the $10,000-$15,000 range. The Honda Fit (2011-12) and the Kia Soul (2010-11) took top honors for small cars best sedans included the Mazda3 (2009-12) and the Infiniti G35 (2006-07). SUVs were led by the Acura MDX (2004-06), Toyota RAV4 (2006, 2008), and the Honda CR-V (2005-08).

In the $15,000-$20,000 division, the Hyundai Elantra (2012-2013) and Subaru Impreza (2011-13) led the small cars. The Toyota Camry (2011-12), a top pick from us at Mama’s, joined the Toyota Camry Hybrid (2010-11) and the Acura TL (2008) in the sedan category. The Lexus RX (2006-07) and the Subaru Forester (2009-10, non-turbo) finished out the division for the SUVs.

Best used cars in the $20,000-$25,000 division included these sedans: Toyota Avalon (2011), Lexus LS (2006), Lincoln MKZ (2011-12), and the Ford Fusion Hybrid (2012). We at Mama’s Used Cars especially enjoy the MKZ. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid (2008-09) and the Honda Pilot (2009-10) finished things out for the SUV segment.

In the market for a used car? No one knows better than Mama! Stop by today!

Dog Honks Horn for 15 Minutes While Waiting for Owner

If you thought that dog barking outside for a couple minutes until its pet parent let it inside was annoying, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Check out this viral video of a dog left alone inside a car who was fed up with her slowpoke guardian taking too much time in an art gallery and reportedly climbed into the front seat and honked the horn for 15 to 20 minutes.

The dog, named Fern, is an 18-month-old Boxer living with her guardians, Graham Haddow and his wife, in Dundee, Scotland. Haddow had left for only a short time when Fern clambered into the front and began to lay on the horn. It wasn’t long before onlookers whipped out their cell phones and circled around the car to take pictures and videos.

When Haddow returned from the art shop and saw people surrounding his car, he was incredibly concerned. But when he realized everyone was laughing and that his dog was just putting on a show, he felt a lot better, although he has now determined to block the front seat from Fern the next time they go on an outing together.

Has your dog ever honked your horn or done anything else silly in your car? Share your story with Mama’s Used Cars by leaving a comment below!

Go Further With These Simple Fuel Saving Tips

Fuel Saving Tips from Mama

Fuel Saving Tips from Mama

If you’re buying used, you might not be able to enjoy the ultra-high fuel economy that comes with some of the most recent models. But did you now that your car’s mileage is actually more dependent on the way you drive than on the model’s EPA estimate? That’s right. Even buying used, you can still save a lot of money at the pump. Here’s how: Continue reading

Preparing Your Car for Spring

Believe it or not, Spring is just around the corner

preparing your car for spring

With the abnormal amount of snow and cold weather we’ve experienced this winter in Charleston, it may be hard to believe that Spring is right around the corner. This means it’s time to prepare your car for warmer weather.

The icy temperatures and rough road conditions that come with winter are hard on your car, so it’s important to take care of basic maintenance issues. This will prevent any minor damage from becoming a major problem down the road.

Here are 6 basic ways to prepare your car for Spring: Continue reading