It’s no surprise that buyers often compare both new and used cars. For a given price point, the market for potential cars explodes once you start looking away from new cars alone. Yes, you might give up the warranty, but if you’re looking for something unique, used cars provide a good value … provided you pick the right one. Bang for Your Buck takes a look at five used cars you could get with the money you’d spend on the new car we’ve tested recently — running the gamut from sensible to silly.
This week, we’ll be looking at a 2015 Mitsubishi Outlander GT. It’s Mitsubishi’s larger crossover, sporting a 3.0-liter V-6 engine that returns between 20 and 28 mpg (city and highway mileage, respectively). It’s also quite affordable, starting just over $28,000, although our tester carried some pricey options that sent the MSRP up to $35,145. However, considering there aren’t many affordable crossovers with an available third row, it’s a good choice for big families on a budget. But what happens when you cross-shop it with used cars?
5. 2012 GMC Acadia Denali
Found on the Internet For: $35,000
The Mitsubishi Outlander GT is a nice car, but if you’re looking for more of a premium finish without ditching the tiny (but still usable, sort of) third row, consider this lightly-used GMC Acadia. This crossover originally stickered north of $50,000 (believe it or not), but now it’s being offered for the same price as a new Outlander GT. Sure, the infotainment might be a little out of date, but a GMC Denali interior is one seriously comfortable place, so it might be worth it to you, depending on what’s most important in your next car.
4. 2010 Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Found on the Internet For: $31,995
The Acadia is plusher than the Outlander, but both cars still sacrifice actual utility. Enter the Range Rover Sport; this pre-2014 model still rides on a ladder-frame architecture, which means it’ll handle more like a truck. Of course, it’ll handle like a truck that’s wearing a nicer interior than you’ve ever seen in a truck before, but such are the problems that the landed gentry must face every day.
It’ll also make for a more exciting ownership experience than the Mitsubishi, because you never know when or where the Range Rover will break down next.
3. 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser
Found on the Internet For: $30,500
If the Outlander didn’t do it for you, and the Acadia and Range Rover didn’t get you excited, maybe even more off-road focus will pull your attention. Toyota’s Land Cruiser has always been about taking things off the beaten path, and this older example is no different. However, unlike most off-roaders, this one has been painstakingly restored to factory-fresh condition. It might look a little like a Jeep Wrangler, but at least you won’t have to do that stupid wave when another Land Cruiser drives by … because you’ll probably never see another one out on the road.
2. 1974 Citroen DS23
Found on the Internet For: $35,000
Have you always wanted a French car with a single-spoke steering wheel? Well, lucky you, because this Citroen DS23 has one. It also has headlights that swivel with the steering wheel (up to 80 degrees left or right — impressive!). If you bought a DS23 that originated in the U.S., that technology was illegal, so it came with fixed headlamps. However, this specific DS23 is still located in Europe, so you can be well ahead of the curve (pun intended) and pick up a car from 1974 with technology that some automakers still haven’t implemented.
And no, the cost to ship the car to the U.S. is not included in the price. That’s a whole ‘nother hassle, friend.
1. 2007 Lamborghini Murciélago … Uh, Pontiac Fiero
Found on the Internet For: $32,988
This is not a Lamborghini. Hell, this isn’t even a valid tribute to one. What you have here is a mid-engine Pontiac Fiero that’s been chopped to hell and back to somewhat (and we mean somewhat) resemble a Murci. The gauges and steering wheel are straight off the AutoZone shelf. The whole body looks awkwardly smashed, too; it’s still short, but the ground clearance is way higher than a normal Lambo. It’s an abomination, and for the low, low price of $32,988, you can call it your own.
Or you can buy it and burn it to the ground. That’s what we’d do. Remember, it’s not a real Lamborghini; the immolation doesn’t just arrive without warning.
(Pictures and cars courtesy eBay.)