Top Five Best Used Cars For Road Trips

It’s summer, and for many of us, that means it’s time for a nice family vacation. If you are looking for a used car before you can go, though, these are the best used cars for road trips.


Toyota Camry

As a mid-size sedan, the Toyota Camry is small enough to get excellent fuel economy while also being big enough to accommodate the whole family and their cargo. Even older models of the Toyota Camry get an EPA-estimated highway mpg over 30, so you won’t have to fuel up as often on long trips.


Honda Accord

Honda is a popular choice for any driver looking for a reliable used car, but out of all of them we had to choose the Accord. With the Honda Accord, drivers get everyday comfort as well as fun, engaging performance. It also has the added bonus of excellent fuel economy.


Chevrolet Impala

While its full-size sedan design means that the Chevrolet Impala doesn’t get as much mileage as the other options on the list, it also means that the Impala is safe and accommodating. Industry critics describe the Impala’s ride as “luxurious,” so you’ll be traveling in style.


Hyundai Sonata

The Sonata offers a value-packed vehicle with generous trunk space for its segment. It’s also affordable and provides an efficient, sporty drive, with a comfortable and accommodating second row.


Ford Fusion

For those lovers of the Blue Oval, the Ford Fusion provides a versatile and practical family sedan that’s safe, economical, and fun to drive, due to its low starting price tag, good trunk space, and good performance.

best used cars for road trips

If you find that you are still undecided, of course, you can always just come down to Mama’s Used Cars, and we will help you find something to your liking.

Best Deal on Longest-Lasting Used Cars

The Ford Taurus was listed as one of the longest lasting used cars according to Forbes

For some people, the most valuable aspect of a car is how much it costs and its durability.  More than what it looks like, how fast it is or its fuel efficiency, the most pressing question in the minds of such consumers is: how much is it and how long will it last?

Using data from, Forbes has put together a list of the longest-lasting used cars that sell below market value.  Statisticians from analyzed 30 million used car ads over a year period and found which models between 1981 and 2010 had over 200,000 miles on them.  They then checked this data against data showing which vehicles were selling consistently 10% below their market value.

Coming in third place was the Toyota Camry (no surprise to see this extremely popular midsize sedan on the list).  The Nissan Maxima came in second place, while first place honors went to the Ford Taurus.

Of course, you can find those and other great used cars at Mama’s Used Cars!

Most Reliable Car Brands Available at Mama’s Used Cars!

Most Reliable Car Brands: Lexus

Stop by Mama’s Used Cars and check out this 2008 Lexus ES 350! Lexus was named a most reliable car brand by Yahoo! Autos.

When searching for a great used car, there are a number of factors to take into account before making your purchase. Of course everyone looks at things like the price, the mileage, and the year of the car, but how can you assure the car will be reliable to get your money’s worth?

Recently Yahoo! Autos put together their list of the “10 Most Reliable Car Brands”, using research they compiled in over a year and a half study with over 350,000 sample vehicles from all over the country. Most studies use two time frames, normal initial quality (90 days) and “long-term” quality (3 to 5 years), but Yahoo! Autos extended their time frames to make sure buyers were getting the most for their money.

The top five brands in the study were Chevrolet, Honda, GMC, Lexus, and Toyota – with Toyota earning the top spot. Mama’s used cars is proud to offer used models from each of these brands, including a 2008 Lexus ES 350 and a 2013 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner!

With great vehicles from Yahoo! Autos 10 Most Reliable Brands list, as well as many other great vehicles, you can’t afford not to stop in at Mama’s Used Cars! Stop in today and let us help you find your next used vehicle.!

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!

The 17 Best Used Cars for 2013 shares its 17 Best Used Cars for 2013

2011 Ford Fusion

2011 Ford Fusion

The experts at recently revealed their list of the 17 Best Used Cars for 2013. The list offers a variety of brands and years.

“There are a lot of popular cars on this list, and that’s not a surprise,” says Editor in Chief Scott Oldham. “Wider availability of a particular vehicle almost always translates to more competitive prices and better value for used car shoppers.” Continue reading

CarMD shares top ten most reliable cars

2010 Toyota Corolla

Each year, CarMD studies the reliability of cars by looking at “check engine” problems, repairs and other related costs. CarMD then compiles the data in what it calls the CarMD Vehicle Health Index. This data shows consumers car maintenance and repair trends and patterns as well as the most reliable cars on sale in the past 10 years. Continue reading