5 Best Used Ford Cars

When it comes to buying a used car, some models stand the test of time much better than others do. Although many of the vehicles of the past are still on the road today, there are a few Ford vehicles that stand out and are great choices for buying used. Here are five of those vehicles.

Small Cars Pick: The 2013 Ford Focus

The 2013 Ford Focus isn’t the fastest car on the road, but for the price, it delivers plenty of speed for most types of driving. The Focus comes with both a five speed standard transmission and a six speed automatic and the Focus has maneuverability going for it as well. The base model’s 4-cylinder engine can be pushed to much higher limits with the Focus ST, which has a turbocharged engine and the standard transmission. The Focus gets an EPA estimated 27 MPG in town and 38 on the highway.

Best Used Hatchback: The 2012 Ford Fiesta

The 2012 Ford Fiesta has a 4-cylinder engine just like the Focus, but it comes with a manual transmission as standard equipment, giving it the power that you need in both the city and on the highway. The clutch is smooth and effortless, the Fiesta gets an estimated 29 MPG in town and 39 MPG on the highways, which is a really great number for this class of vehicle. Some of the others pros that drivers mention are the comfort in driving or riding in it, the luxury-esque interior and a great deal of cargo space.

Midsize Cars Winner: The 2010 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion was one of the 2010’s best vehicles overall when it comes to midsize cars. It gained points from drivers thanks to top safety ratings and reliability, and even those who were familiar with the Fusion were impressed with the number of upgrades that it got in 2010. The 2010 Fusion came in a 2.5 liters 4-cylinder, a 2.0 liter V-6 and a 3.5 liter V-6 engine, and was available with a six speed transmission in both Auto and Manual. 22/31 was the EPA estimated fuel economy for this vehicle.

Ford Large Vehicle Standout: The 2009 Ford Taurus

The 2009 Ford Taurus is simply one of the best cars in its class, either used or new. It has amazing safety ratings and is highly reliable and also offers a large interior. As if that wasn’t enough, the Taurus gets extremely good fuel economy as well. The 2009 model gave you all of this in a larger class vehicle, which was perfect for families, scoring high in crash tests, and with added stability control in 2009. The interior was well designed and the trunk was spacious.

Best Used Sports Car: The 2011 Ford Mustang

If you are looking for a used sports vehicle, you can’t go wrong with the 2011 Ford Mustang. With a 3.7 liter 6-cylinder engine that produces nearly 305 horsepower and a choice between a manual or automatic transmission, as well as upgrades on engine power up to 550 horsepower, the Ford Mustang is everything a sports car should be. As an added bonus, it is available as both coupe and a convertible soft top. It has massive power, easy handling and a comfortable ride. The Cons: some drivers thought the interior was lacking in style, but the comfort of the seating and the materials used more than made up for it.

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Benefits of Buying CPO




When it comes to cars, second hand is not second best. It is possible to find a pre-owned car that is in perfect working condition. Your best for this is to go for a certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicle. There are a number of advantages to buying a CPO vehicle:

  • Top condition; CPO vehicles only earn the badge if they are certified to be in top condition. A vehicle must satisfy specific criteria that are determined by the manufacturer. Only late-model vehicles with a clean history report can make it into a CPO program sponsored by the manufacturer.
  • Thorough inspection and reconditioning; A used car that wears a CPO badge has successfully undergone a check of 100 to 200 different points depending on the manufacturer. Where faults are found and a vehicle falls short, it undergoes a reconditioning process and the inspection process again.
  • Extended warranty protection; The majority of CPO programs      offer the original basic as well as the original powertrain warranty for      certified vehicles. In most cases, companies that give mileage limits and reduced shorter time limits for an original new car warranty tend to      extend their CPO programs significantly so. They do this to remain      competitive. Manufacturers that give generous new car warranty coverage will typically not increase the limits they have set for their CPOs and if they do, it will not be by much. Instead, what remains of the new car warranty transfers to the new owner.
  • Roadside assistance; All kinds of situations can arise when you are on the road which makes roadside assistance important. Many CPO programs come with 24-hour roadside assistance. It lasts as long as the extended basic warranty coverage is valid. This is of great help to      owners in situations where they run out of gas, need to be jump-started or lock themselves out of the car.
  • Low-interest financing; CPO cars always have a higher price tag compared to those that are not certified. It is an expense that pays back as CPOs qualify for loans with the reduced interest rates that are offered for new vehicles. Monthly payments will also be lower.
  • Leasing; In some cases, auto companies offer CPOs for lease. This is an alternative that is appealing to those who want to drive an upmarket vehicle but are not in a position purchase one.
  • Free maintenance; CPO programs will sometimes include      completely free maintenance. It is offered for a given period of time with      or without limits on mileage as part of the process of certification. Broadly speaking, this advantage takes care of tire rotations and oil changes as per the intervals recommended by the manufacturer. It also takes care of vehicle inspections at the dealership.
  • Satisfaction guarantee; This is guaranteed in CPO programs that allow buyers to exchange a vehicle they have bought for another one. If this option is allowed, it is allowed within given time frames and mileage limits. This should not be confused with a money-back      guarantee where a vehicle can be returned for a full refund.

Where to get it

Chesapeake residents and those in the vicinity looking for a good deal on CPO vehicles can find them at Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square. The dealership on 4021 Portsmouth Boulevard Chesapeake, VA 23321 runs a Ford CPO program. Fords that qualify undergo a 172-point inspection. Those that don’t have the rigorous test have parts repaired or replaced before undergoing testing again by factory-trained auto technicians.

The Cavalier Ford Chesapeake Square Ford CPO Program offers buyer a number of benefits. They include detailed vehicle history report, 24-hour roadside assistance, comprehensive limited warranty coverage and powertrain limited warranty.