Above-average reliability, better-than-average fuel
consumption, and good crash-test ratings make the Toyota
Sienna a wise used minivan purchase, says Chris Chase,
but "..you can expect to pay far more for one of these
vans second hand than you would for a comparably
equipped domestic minivan."
The Ford Taurus' poor reliability history makes it a
used car that's best avoided, advises Chris Chase.
However, he reports that it is a comfortable, roomy, and
safe sedan, and its "troublesome nature is tempered
somewhat by abysmal resale values."
The third generation Eclipse, offered as a coupe and
convertible, stands out thanks to its sharp angles and
aggressive front fascia, says Chris Chase. "The Eclipse
offers sporty looks and the potential for decent
performance in a reasonably affordable package," he
Available only in Canada, the Acura EL is a
better-equipped, mildly restyled version of the Honda
Civic, says Chris Chase. The second-generation 1.7EL has
Honda's 127 hp 1.7 litre 4 cylinder VTEC engine and has
proven reliable, but buyers will find asking prices are
A used Infiniti Q45 remains an under-appreciated player
in the super-sedan class, reports Chris Chase. A 1997
model is worth between $7,000 and $9,800 per the
Canadian Red Book, a mere fraction of the base car's
original $65,000 M.S.R.P.
A safe and fairly reliable vehicle, the seven-passenger
Kia Sedona minivan is heavier than other minivans and
uses more gas, says Chris Chase. But steep depreciation
makes used Sedonas an attractive deal, he says.