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10 Hottest Used Cars for Summer 2019

With temperatures heating up across America and with summer in full swing, we’ve put together a list of 10 cars that can help you get the most out of your summer. We took a look at some of the most-searched-for cars, trucks and SUVs on Autotrader and put together this list with a focus on used cars that provide great value while still being modern.

Here are Autotrader’s 10 hottest used cars for summer 2019, in alphabetical order:

Chevrolet Corvette (2014-2019)

1. Chevrolet Corvette (2014-2019)

The C7 Chevrolet Corvette has turned out to be the swan song of the front-engine Corvette as we await the arrival of the midengined C8 model. The C7 is an outstanding send-off to the ‘Vette’s front-engine layout being powered by a range of spectacular V8 engines. Not only is the Corvette powerful, but it has agile handling, a comfortable ride and a high-tech interior that is aging very well so far. The most affordable C7 models you’ll find on Autotrader will be around the $40,000 mark, but that number can easily go up when you get into the higher-performance trims like the Grand Sport and the Z06. Find a Chevrolet Corvette for sale

Chevrolet Silverado (2014-2018)

2. Chevrolet Silverado (2014-2018)

If you’re looking for a full-size pickup truck that’s modern, yet affordable, the previous generation of the Chevrolet Silverado is in a sweet spot of value. The all-new 2019 Silverado is helping to bring down the values of its predecessor, which offers strong capability, a quiet, comfortable interior and more traditional styling that you actually might prefer over the controversial styling of the new Silverado. In the more bare-bones work truck trims, one of these used Silverados can be had for less than $20,000, but most examples you’ll find will fall in the $25,000-$35,000 range. Find a Chevrolet Silverado for sale

Chevrolet Tahoe (2015-2019)

3. Chevrolet Tahoe (2015-2019)

The Chevrolet Tahoe is a full-size SUV that does everything but isn’t cheap when new. Our data shows that certified pre-owned Chevy Tahoe models are highly searched on Autotrader — likely because they offer a pretty strong value by giving a discount from depreciation while still coming with a manufacturer-backed warranty. The current-generation Tahoe is the most family-friendly one yet with a particularly smooth ride and a nice interior, making it very road trip friendly. It comes standard with a strong V8 and 4-wheel drive is optional, which is nice to have in snowy climates. You can reasonably expect to pay somewhere in the $35,000-$45,000 range for a typical CPO Tahoe, which is a nice discount compared to a new model. Find a Chevrolet Tahoe for sale

Ford F-Series (2015-2019)

4. Ford F-Series (2015-2019)

The Ford F-Series is America’s best-selling truck for good reasons. Whether you’re shopping for the full-size F-150 or the more capable Super Duty line, you’re getting a tough truck that you can count on to get the job done. The F-150 was fully redesigned for 2015 and it brought with it an excellent range of engines, very strong towing and hauling capabilities, and agile handling that might surprise you for a full-size pickup. The current generation of the Ford Super Duty came later starting for the 2017 model year and is available with either a gas-powered V8 or a turbodiesel V8, both of which deliver serious muscle for heavy lifting. Pricing for the F-150 starts around the $20,000 mark and a used, current-gen Super Duty will start closer to $30,000. Find a Ford F-150 for sale or Find a Ford F-250 for sale or Find a Ford F-350 for sale

Ford Mustang (2015-2019)

5. Ford Mustang (2015-2019)

There are few automobiles as purely American as the Ford Mustang. This car in its current form is as fun as ever and in classic Mustang fashion, it’s also a strong value proposition. The current generation of the car has been around long enough that you can find some excellent deals on used Mustangs starting with the 2015 model year. You can pretty easily find a used V6 or EcoBoost Mustang for less than $15,000 and even if you want to upgrade to the more muscular, V8-powered Mustang GT, they’re already out there for less than $25,000. No matter which one you chose, you can’t go wrong with this generation of Mustang, which combines great looks, excellent performance and strong value in one package that’s hard to resist. Find a Ford Mustang for sale

GMC Sierra (2014-2018)

6. GMC Sierra (2014-2018)

Do you like the idea of a used Chevy Silverado, but would prefer something a little different? If so, the GMC Sierra might be right up your alley. Mechanically identical to the Silverado, the Sierra is also all-new for 2019, but its previous generation that started in 2014 and ran through 2018 is a bargain in used trucks. Pricing on the used market is very similar to that of the Silverado, but you’ll probably find more of the GMC counterpart in the higher end of that price range due to the popularity of the fancier trims like the Denali. This Sierra might not have the cool MultiPro tailgate that the new model has, but if you can live without a tailgate that can turn into a desk, then a used model is worth a look. Find a GMC Sierra for sale

Honda Accord (2018-2019)

7. Honda Accord (2018-2019)

You may have noticed the decline of the sedan in popularity is continuing since there’s only one sedan on this list, but the fact that the Honda Accord is the only one that made the cut says a lot about it. The Accord has long been a staple in midsize family sedans and the current model that was introduced for the 2018 model year is easily the best Accord yet. It has the basics of what you’d expect from a Honda Accord like comfort, safety and reliability plus it adds lively performance, a lot of safety tech and a luxurious interior in the higher trims. The Accord is highly searched on Autotrader as a certified pre-owned vehicle, starting at $20,000 and getting up into the low-$30,000 range. A CPO model gives you the peace of mind of a manufacturer warranty making the Accord a sedan you can count on even more. Find a Honda Accord for sale

Jeep Wrangler (2012-2017)

8. Jeep Wrangler (2012-2017)

We have good news and bad news about the Jeep Wrangler. The good news is that it’s an excellent SUV for off-roading and it’s brimming with character from its military roots. The bad news is that it’s the slowest-depreciating vehicle on the market. Regardless of how well it holds its value, the iconic Wrangler is still a great buy on the used market, especially if you’re shopping in the JK generation. The JL arrived on the scene in 2018, but the JK is still a fun off-roader that offers a lot in family-friendliness with the 4-door Unlimited model. We recommend shopping for a JK 2012 or newer since 2012 was the year that 4×4 became standard and it was updated with a stronger V6 engine and a new automatic transmission. Expect to pay anywhere between around $20,000 or less for a stripped-down Sport model or up to the low-$30,000 range for a loaded Rubicon off-road beast. Find a Jeep Wrangler for sale

Ram 1500 (2014-2018)

9. Ram 1500 (2014-2018)

Rounding out the “big three” in American full-size trucks is the Ram 1500. Ram’s full-size pickup was just refreshed for 2019, but don’t let it distract you from how good of a deal the previous generation is on the used market. 2014 was a big year for the Ram 1500 with the introduction of the efficient EcoDiesel V6 engine and wider use of the excellent 8-speed automatic transmission. Among this truck’s many virtues are impressive interior materials, a smooth, comfortable ride and an aesthetic that still refuses to be ignored today. The used price range varies quite a bit depending on how the truck is optioned, but it can start as low as around $15,000 and get up to around the $40,000 mark when generously loaded. Find a Ram 1500 for sale

Toyota Tacoma (2016-2019)

10. Toyota Tacoma (2016-2019)

The Toyota Tacoma midsize pickup truck was fully redesigned for 2016 enhancing everything that people loved about the Tacoma. We’re talking about things like reliability, safety, and maybe most importantly, off-road performance. Every Tacoma equipped with 4WD is a strong off-roader, but it gets even better with the TRD Off Road trim, which adds Bilstein shocks, more traction control modes, crawl control and a locking rear differential. The Tacoma impresses on-road as well with a well-built interior and a strong optional V6, which we recommend since it’s a lot more affordable used than it is new. Expect to spend just about anywhere in the $20,000-$30,000 range for a used Tacoma depending on options. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale

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  1. I know I’m in the minority here but I still love cars instead of SUVs and trucks.  I recently bought a new 2019.  I looked at Honda Accord Touring and Toyota Camry XSE.  After looking at and driving both, I preferred the Camry XSE immensely over the Accord Touring.  I know looks are subjective but after studying the looks for a long time of each one, I like the Camry XSE much better.  As far as content, each has a tremendous amount of that, especially in technology and safety although each one takes various approaches to achieve the same results.  I had no  question with

    the quality of each one until I began seeing some very troubling information about the problem Honda is having with fuel dilution in the oil of the 1.5T engines.  Not especially in the Accord but some Accords were affected.  I did NOT want to buy a new car and start having problems with it or having to worry about it from the beginning.  And this has been going on for a couple of years and Honda hasn’t really addressed a solution for it.  If you haven’t heard of this problem, just google “Honda 1.5T fuel dilution” and see what I saw.  It’s not good.  So, for me, that was my final decision maker.  I passed on the Accord and bought a 2019 Camry XSE in pearl white with a black metallic pano roof and bright red leather interior.  Beautiful!  And really should be on your list.  
    • You described my XSE perfectly but did not mention the engine – mine is the V6 with 301hp. Great to both look at and to drive.
    • The Camry sounds beautiful. I think the Honda Accord would also have been an excellent choice. 

      It’s unfortunately the internet hype about the fuel dilution issues caused you to rule out the Accord. 
      Fuel dilution issues were historically earlier Honda’s and in northern states more often in winter. 
      I have a 2017 CR-V with the 1.5 and while I haven’t had a fuel dilution problem, Honda just sent out a letter saying out of an abundance of caution they extended the 5 year 60K drivetrain warranty to 6 years and unlimited mileage. They also extended the emissions warranty because fuel dilution also impacts emissions. 
    • @Craig Smith

      I’m really glad to hear Honda is responding somehow to that problem now.  They hadn’t done that by the time I made my purchase.  One side effect I was afraid of was the potential damage this could cause for future resale values if this became well known as a problem.

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