The evolution of cars does not end with how much they have changed in terms of appearance. Since we spend so much of our time behind the wheel, they have to do more than just get us from A to B. Older cars tend to have fewer comfort and luxury features, and since safety standards were very different in years gone by, there’s lots to consider when buying a used car.
CarBuzz’s buyer’s guide for used cars looks at the evolution of each vehicle and whether the changes made over the years can be seen as improvements. Prospective buyers can compare year models, decide which generations suit their pocket and meets their needs, or look at other alternatives in the segment.
Here are some of the aspects our gen reviews cover to help you make an informed best purchasing decision:
Facelift: Manufacturers strive to keep their products relevant, so facelifts are given to models that need to be kept up to date throughout their life cycle. This includes aesthetic changes, interior upgrades, and switching outdated technology for cutting-edge stuff. Our guide indicates all the changes for each facelift, showing you clear images of what’s new and where improvements have been made.
Real MPG: While the EPA publishes gas mileage figures for car models in the USA, our reviews include consumer-derived figures that show what fuel consumption is like in the real world.
Safety and crash tests: Those looking to buy a car want to know they’re going to be safe, so knowing the crash test results from NHTSA is imperative. Our reviews also detail what safety standards are applied throughout the lifespan of each vehicle, and what safety items are included as standard or made optionally available. This includes such important aspects as airbags, ABS braking, traction and stability control systems, and the latest driver assists.
Features: Available features change from model to model as you move through the trim lineup, but with each generation, cars also come with the latest in technology. Our detailed reviews highlight what came standard and which features you could add on throughout the various life stages.
Specifications: As times change, manufacturers also upgrade and improve the power plants they make available to the vehicles they produce. Knowing the specifications, outputs, and performance abilities of the various powertrains on offer will help you choose the one that’s right for you.
Maintenance and problems: Before buying a used car, you’ll want to know what issues to expect and how much you’ll be spending on routine maintenance. Our reviews highlight common problems to look out for and identify the costs of keeping your vehicle running. To prevent unpleasant surprises, read through our detailed sections on what to check before you buy and which recalls apply to the car you’re considering.