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Certified Pre-Owned Deals: Toyota Camry, Corolla and RAV4

If you’re in the market for a used car, a smart way to go is to shop certified pre-owned vehicles. Dealers inspect these units and offer them with factory-backed extras like extended warranty coverage that you won’t find on non-certified cars, trucks, and SUVs.

Here’s a look at three popular Certified Pre-Owned models, the 2018 Toyota Camry, 2018 Toyota Corolla, and 2018 Toyota RAV4, and what to expect when in the market for one. You’ll find the current CPO price and how it compares to the original sticker, as well as similar non-CPO listings. But first, some background on Toyota’s Certified Pre-Owned Program.

Toyota’s Certified Pre-Owned Program

Toyota CPO vehicles must:

  • Be no more than six years old
  • Have less than 85,000 miles on the odometer
  • Pass a 160-point inspection

Toyota CPO benefits include:

  • A 1-year/12,000-mile extension beyond the expiration date of the original 3-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty
  • An extended 7-year/100,000-mile warranty
  • A year of free roadside assistance

2018 Toyota Camry LE

2018 Toyota Camry LE

Original MSRP: $24,885

Target CPO Purchase Price: About $18,300 for average condition and mileage

CPO Price Premium vs. Non-Certified Used: About $800

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About the 2018 Toyota Camry LE

The most popular Camry is the LE trim level, which means you’ll be more likely to find one as a Certified Pre-Owned model.  The Camry LE is well-equipped with adaptive cruise control, air conditioning, 6-speaker AM/FM audio, and Bluetooth integration. You also get USB and auxiliary power ports, rearview camera, a power driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and an alarm system.  The 2018 model is the first year of the most recent Camry redesign, so the look should hold up well.

What’s best about the 2018 Toyota Camry LE

We prefer the 4-cylinder engine that comes with this model rather than the more expensive V6. It offers better fuel economy and yet delivers great power. The lighter engine puts less weight on the car’s nose, so we also think it handles a bit better. We suggest shopping the LE, and SE trims to see which one suits you better. The latter comes with more equipment and may cost about $1,500 more.

Is the 2018 Toyota Camry LE a safe car?

Every 2018 Camry features a full set of front and side airbags, including side curtain airbags, backup camera, forward-collision warning, automatic braking, lane-departure warning, steering assist, and automatic high beam headlights. Blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert systems are available. Safety Connect emergency communications are standard on the V6-powered XSE and XLE and optional on all but the base L.  NHTSA Safety Rating: 5 stars

2018 Toyota Corolla LE

2018 Toyota Corolla LE

Original MSRP: $19,305

Target CPO Purchase Price: About $15,400  for average condition and mileage

CPO Price Premium vs. Non-Certified Used: About $800

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About the 2018 Toyota Corolla LE

A step up from the base L model, the 2018 Corolla LE is the highest-selling trim level in a broad lineup.  Larger numbers mean more choice when it comes to shopping for a CPO unit. Although it’s classified as a compact car, you will find nearly midsize room in the cabin, especially in the back seat. Standard features include LED headlights with automatic high beams, air conditioning, adaptive cruise control, a backup camera, a height-adjustable driver’s seat, 16-inch wheels, and keyless entry. The cloth-upholstered LE also features a 6.1-inch center touchscreen, heated mirrors, automatic climate control, an upgraded interior trim. Power comes from a 4-cylinder engine that mates to a CVT.

What’s best about the 2018 Toyota Corolla LE

As a compact economy car, the Corolla boasts great fuel economy in a family-sized sedan. When shopping for a Corolla LE, you might want to consider the LE Eco, which may command a premium of only $300 or so. The Eco comes with a slightly larger and more powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. It delivers eight more horsepower than the base engine and also boasts fuel economy of 30 mpg city/40 mpg highway, respective gains of 2 and 4 mpg in city/highway ratings.

Is the 2018 Toyota Corolla LE a safe car?

A refresh of the 2017 Corolla brought with it Toyota’s Safety Sense P suite of driver and safety assists. Among these features are pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, automatic high beams, adaptive cruise control, and lane departure alert with steering assist. The Corolla also comes with anti-lock brakes, stability control, eight airbags, including front, driver-knee, passenger seat-cushion, front-side, and full-length side-curtain. NHTSA Safety Rating: 5 stars

2018 Toyota RAV4 LE

2018 Toyota RAV4

Original MSRP: $25,550

Target CPO Purchase Price: About $20,900 for average condition and mileage

CPO Price Premium vs. Non-Certified Used: About $800

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About the 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE

The 2018 model is the last one before a full redesign in 2019. If you like a more carlike look, this is the RAV4 for you since the newer model has the more aggressive squared-off look of a traditional SUV. The Toyota RAV4 LE is the most popular model. If you live in an area where weather is an issue, you may want to consider an all-wheel drive version, which may cost about $300 more. On the LE, you get Toyota’s Entune infotainment that features a 6.1-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth integration, USB and auxiliary power ports, and a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD sound system.

What’s best about the 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE

While the LE model is the most common and represents solid value, you might also want to look for a RAV4 Hybrid. The higher price, which adds about $800, can be recouped at the pump. These savings may be as much as $250 per year. Hybrid models weren’t as popular even a few years back, so they might be harder to find. However, last year, Toyota sold more RAV4 Hybrids than conventional versions, so we expect the price premium to come down in subsequent years.

Is the 2018 Toyota RAV4 LE a safe car?

Toyota added its Safety Sense driver assists as standard equipment in the 2017 model year, so the 2018 RAV4 LE benefits from this change. Among the features included are adaptive cruise control, pre-collision warning with pedestrian detection, an alert for lane departure with a steering assist, and automatic high beams. Other safety content includes antilock brakes, stability control, front-side airbags, side-curtain airbags, and a rearview camera. It also comes with a driver-knee airbag, a front-passenger under-cushion airbag,  NHTSA Safety Rating: 5 stars

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