New cars are the cream of the crop. Automakers spend their time refining and improving their models to be the best they can be, but the thing is, that the previous generation models in many cases are still seriously good vehicles. Just because the car is a bit dated, doesn’t mean that you should mark it off your list.
Previous generation vehicles might not have the most modern amenities and creature comforts, but they can still get the job done. Generally, if you choose to buy a previous generation model, you can save a boatload. The car has already depreciated significantly, and all you have to do to get a good deal is find a model that has low miles and has been well taken care of. Here are five models that you should consider the previous generation.
The Ford F-150 is has been the go-to truck for many Americans for decades, but you don’t have to go with the latest generation to get everything you want. There are excellent versions of the F-150 out there for sale from the previous generation. The last generation of the F-150 ran until 2014, which means you still run the chance of finding a model that has low miles and is in excellent condition. The truck features a base 3.7-liter V6 engine, but it is also available with powerful V8 options or Ford’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6. F-150 owners are notorious for racking up a lot of miles, so if you find a model with low miles, snatch it up before someone else does.
Honda’s new Ridgeline is excellent and the company has really taken advantage of the feedback it received on the previous generation truck. However, the complaints about the first-gen Ridgeline weren’t really that bad. The truck won multiple awards and is well-loved by thousands of people across the country. The bottom line is that the original Ridgeline is still a good vehicle. If you’re shopping for a used midsize truck, you shouldn’t overlook it. Powered by Honda’s reliable 3.5-liter V6, the Ridgeline will keep chugging along for years to come. Like the F-150 many owners rack up a lot of miles on the odometer of their Ridgeline, so keep an eye out for a low mileage version at a reasonable price. They’re out there, you just have to look.
There’s more to this list than trucks, we promise. Before we transitioned to mentioning a few cars, we felt we had to make note of the Toyota Tacoma. The Tacoma is an excellent truck and has a cult following among many truck enthusiasts. It’s tough, rugged and never gives up. That makes it an excellent choice in many situations. While the new truck will certainly thrill you, don’t forget about the previous gen Taco. Ending in 2015, the second-generation Tacoma offers everything you’ll need in a midsize truck. It’s powered by either a 2.7-liter four-cylinder or a 4.0-liter V6. Both engines offer decent amounts of power and efficiency. Sure, it’ll lack some of the modern amenities in the latest edition, but the truck still performs extremely well. If you find a low mileage one in good condition, don’t let it slip through your fingers.
Honda’s new Civic is better than the old generation in almost every way. Still, the previous generation car is highly sought after. Most people have strong, positive feelings for the Civic and they should. It’s a darn good car and has been for years. The latest generation may have eclipsed the old gen, but we’d still be happy to take a low mileage, well-kept 2014 Honda Civic any day. The car will run for years with any of the four different powertrains offered (one is a hybrid) and look good doing it. If you find the new Civic to be a little too much, check out the previous generation. It’s efficient, comfortable and still looks great.
The new Nissan Maxima sports an exterior design that’s edgy and polarizing. If you like the Maxima, but don’t care for the car’s odd styling, consider purchasing the previous gen car. That car offers excellent amenities and a good driving experience in a vehicle that doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard. It’s powered by a reliable and powerful 3.5-liter V6 engine. You may miss out on some of the more modern technology features, but you’re going to have something you can be proud to be seen in that still drives well. Again, look for a model that has few miles on the odometer and has been well-kept.