2008 Honda Accord
Suggested retail price: $13,955
Engine: 2.4 L 4-cyl
A used car is the most reliable way to lower the cost of owning a car since the steepest if least visible expense -- depreciation in a car's early years -- has already been wrung out of it. Quincy likes Honda's Accord. The '05s and '06s are available for $10,000 to $12,000, and have top reliability records, according to Consumer Reports. The car was redesigned in 2008, but the '09s and '10s have bounced back to above average reliability.