It’s finally graduation time, and although parents may be teary-eyed, graduates sure are excited! If you are still trying to find the perfect gift to get your grad, a used car might be just the ticket. We consulted with CarInsurance.com to find the safest, most reliable and least expensive used models that would be great for your grad.
The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) annually releases a list of vehicles that it considers of Best Value. Those on the list offer affordability, reliability and safety.
U.S. News and World Report continually ranks the best used cars, so we here at Mama’s thought we would share that information. Below are the best midsize used cars available at dealerships like ours in Charleston, SC.
An expert independent automotive organization released its list of cars that offer the best value. For the first time in four years, the Honda Fit is no longer at the top of the list.
The organization chose the Toyota Prius as the car with the best value because it offers reliability, low cost of ownership and popularity. The editors also liked the great driving experience, fuel economy and interior design. Continue reading
The ever-popular GMC Sierra 1500 has for a long time been a standout in the pickup truck segment. Historically used by farmers, small-business owners, and construction workers under the GMC 1500 name, and lauded for its durability, longevity, and sheer strength, the pickup has over time been diversified to fit the needs of the everyday American. Now called the GMC Sierra 1500, the truck comes in a variety of trims levels, body styles, and powertrains to serve the specific needs of each individual driver, whether it is a fisherman hauling a boat or a mother taking her kids to the drive-in.
Known for their dependability for hard work in the past, the focus for the newer generation of Sierra has been a more advanced, luxurious-looking, technologically-advanced, and ergonomic cabin, while still maintaining its legendary reliability at work. GMC has delivered, offering a truck worthy of praise for its hard work and its comfortable ride.
Over the years, the GMC Sierra 1500 has seen several changes, but at the core of every year’s model is a powerful engine delivering the horsepower needed to get any job done. In fact, Edmunds has praised the Sierra 1500 for its “strong performance, a refined and quiet ride (even with the heavy-duty towing package) and a comfortable, sensible cabin.” No matter the model year, the Sierra is always the truck to get the job done, whether that job is towing thousands and thousands of pounds or just getting your kid to the dentist and back before your lunch break is over.
The Fusion is Ford’s midsize sedan perfect for traveling alone or with the family. The Fusion boasts impressive fuel economy, solid performance, a nice and spacious interior, and a multitude of technological features. Watch as the team from AutoTrader reviews the 2006-2010 Fusion!
The Ford Expedition is a rugged full-size SUV that offers comfortable seating for up to nine passengers, powerful towing capability and generous performance. Quality used Ford Expeditions are now available from Mama’s Used Cars at their Charleston dealership.
The latest Ford Expedition models continue the long-standing tradition of rugged work-horse SUVs that also offer premium comfort and a quiet ride inside the cabin. Lots of seating and cargo options make the Ford Expedition a good bet for transporting both family and heavy equipment. The second-row seats will fold flat into the floor, and optional power-folding third row seats also move out of the way to provide even more space.
The agile steering on a used Ford Expedition provides a smooth ride and an easy drive, with reviewers often hailing the Expedition as having the handling dynamics of a large car. The power of the current Ford Expedition is provided by a 5.4-liter V8 engine that can put out 310 horsepower and pull 365 lbs-feet of torque. The Ford Expedition is an ideal SUV for everyday family driving and heavy-duty towing.
In the market for a fast car with a ferocious engine, but don’t want to shell out the cash for a new one? Mama’s Used Cars has the solution for you. Right now, we are overstocked with a variety of used Ford Mustangs, including the classic 2005 Mustang.
The 2005 Mustang is somewhat of a legend. Powered by a 4.0-liter V6 engine that generates 210 horsepower and an impressive 240 lb.-ft. of torque, the ’05 Mustang takes no prisoners. And the premium trim levels get an even more powerful 4.6-liter V8 engine that delivers 300 horsepower and can pull 320 lb.-ft. of torque.
The ’05 Mustang sometimes feels like you’re stepping into a time machine, taking several retro design cues from the Mustang of the late ‘60s. But with sleek styling and updated technology, this powerful beast is anything but ancient. In fact, the chassis for the 2005 model was utterly reconfigured to give a smoother ride and improved handling to experienced drivers.
Head down to Mama’s Used Cars in Charleston, South Carolina today and get behind the wheel of one of these fierce 2005 Mustangs, or any other model year Mustangs, like the critically acclaimed 2009 Mustang. Hurry while we’ve still got them on the lot because these babies are going fast!
Here is a video review of the 2003-2007 Honda Accord. This has been a very popular and reliable vehicle over the years. These cars provide smooth performance with very good handling. These used Accords are very stylish in both the exterior and interior. The Accord also received top scores in crash testing by the IIHS. Lastly, these model year cars are very fuel efficient receiving 26 mpg city / 34 highway (4 cyl) and 21 mpg city / 30 highway (V6).
The Toyota Camry has been a continuous leader for years in the midsize family sedan class by being a reliable and comfortable vehicle for millions. Whether traveling alone or with family, the Camry offers ideal features and space for both.
The 2007- 2011 Camry is available in four trim options: Base, LE, SE, and XLE. The Base, LE, and XLE trim levels include a 169 horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The SE model has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 179 horsepower.
All Camrys are front-wheel drive and have a six speed manual transmission as standard, except the XLE which only comes with a six-speed automatic. Manual transmissions receive 22 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Automatic’s fuel economy drops slightly to 32 mpg highway.
The exciting option available for LE, SE, and XLE models is the 3.5-liter V6 engine which outputs an outstanding 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque. The impressive powerful engine option is ranked the best in the midsize family sedan segment. Fuel economy on this engine is still remarkable at 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway.
*159 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine (2007-2009)
The Base model comes equipped with a multitude of standard features. Air conditioning, High Solar Energy-Absorbing glass, washer-linked variable intermittent windshield wipers, 16-inch steel wheels, power windows and locks, and even cruise control come standard. The LE model adds multi-adjustable driver’s seat, metallic-style interior trim with chrome accents, remote keyless entry, and trunk-release.
The SE standard features include integrated foglamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, dual rear exhaust outlets, and sport fabric-trimmed seats. The XLE includes leather-trimmed seats, wood-grain style interior trim with chrome accents, 40/20/40 split manually reclining rear seats, and AM/FM six disc CD player with MP3 capability and eight speakers.
The 2002 – 2006 Toyota Camry Models had a choice of three engines. First is a 154 hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder. Next, available on the LE and XLE trim levels, is a 190 hp 3.0 V6 engine. Last, the SE trim includes a 210-hp, 3.3-liter V6.