Edmunds.com: Best Used Cars

Last Updated Jun 22, 2011 10:20 AM EDT

In the market for a used car? Researchers at auto information Web site Edmunds.com have done the research for you with a new ranking of best used vehicles on the market. The team limited its search to cars originally sold between 2004 and 2009 and ranked cars based on reliability, safety and availability. (The more available, the better, since it means more competitive pricing and better value.)

Here are five fun picks from Edmunds.com's list of "2011 Used Car Best Bets."

2004-2009 Hyundai Elantra

The compact Hyundai Elantra has gone through two redesigns since 2001 and boasts higher-than-average crash test scores. The team likes the car's "peppy performance" and says it offers solid build quality, reliability and operating economy.

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