The Best Cars to Buy Used

Financially savvy car shoppers like to buy used cars because they know that new cars depreciate quickly, from 11% to as much as 30% the first year.

Whether you're shopping for a used car for your teen, a minivan for the family, or you want a fun sports car for buzzing around town, you want to get the best car for your money.

CarMax, (KMX - Get Report)   the nation's largest used car retailer, has compiled several lists of best-selling used cars based on recent sales data.

These are the best-selling used cars in 15 categories:

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All-wheel drive cars: Subaru Outback
All-wheel drive cars: Subaru Outback

All-wheel drive cars: Subaru Outback

The Subaru (FUJHF Outback is a popular choice, based on CarMax sales information collected between Nov. 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

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All-wheel drive cars: Subaru Impreza
All-wheel drive cars: Subaru Impreza

All-wheel drive cars: Subaru Impreza

Other top all-wheel drive cars are the Subaru Legacy, Subaru Crosstrek and the Lincoln MKZ.

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All-wheel drive SUVs: Nissan Rogue
All-wheel drive SUVs: Nissan Rogue

All-wheel drive SUVs: Nissan Rogue

The Nissan (NSANY Rogue was also in the top five in the compact SUV category and the crossover SUV category.

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All-wheel drive SUVs: Jeep Wrangler
All-wheel drive SUVs: Jeep Wrangler

All-wheel drive SUVs: Jeep Wrangler

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All-wheel drive SUVs: Jeep Grand Cherokee
All-wheel drive SUVs: Jeep Grand Cherokee

All-wheel drive SUVs: Jeep Grand Cherokee

Other popular choices in this category include the Ford (F - Get Report) Explorer and the Honda (HMC - Get Report) CR-V.

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Cars for Teens: 2014 and 2015 Nissan Altima
Cars for Teens: 2014 and 2015 Nissan Altima

Cars for Teens: 2014 and 2015 Nissan Altima

The Altima fits the bill for a safe, economical sedan for the first-time driver.

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Cars for Teens: 2014 Toyota Camry
Cars for Teens: 2014 Toyota Camry

Cars for Teens: 2014 Toyota Camry

Other top cars for teens are the 2014 Ford Fusion and the 2014 Honda Accord.

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Cars Under $10,000: Smart ForTwo
Cars Under $10,000: Smart ForTwo

Cars Under $10,000: Smart ForTwo

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Cars Under $10,000: Chevrolet Cobalt
Cars Under $10,000: Chevrolet Cobalt

Cars Under $10,000: Chevrolet Cobalt

For more cars under $10,000, CarMax recommends the Dodge Caliber, Mazda (MZDAF Mazda3 and the Chevrolet HHR.

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Cars Under $15,000: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
Cars Under $15,000: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Cars Under $15,000: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze

These cars had average prices at CarMax under $15,000, based on prices from Jan. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017.

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Cars Under $15,000: 2014 Honda Civic
Cars Under $15,000: 2014 Honda Civic

Cars Under $15,000: 2014 Honda Civic

Other good options for cars in this price range include the 2014 Nissan Altima, 2014 Hyundai (HYMTF Sonata and the 2014 Nissan Sentra.

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Compact SUVs: Ford Escape
Compact SUVs: Ford Escape

Compact SUVs: Ford Escape

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Compact SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox
Compact SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox

Compact SUVs: Chevrolet Equinox

The Equinox is also a top seller in the crossover SUV category. Other choices recommended by CarMax include the Nissan Rogue, Jeep Cherokee and the Honda CR-V.

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Crossover SUVs: Honda CR-V
Crossover SUVs: Honda CR-V

Crossover SUVs: Honda CR-V

Based on CarMax sales data from November 2017, these are the top crossovers.

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Crossover SUVs: Ford Edge
Crossover SUVs: Ford Edge

Crossover SUVs: Ford Edge

Other good options for used crossovers include the Toyota (TM - Get Report) RAV4 and the Nissan Rogue.

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Electric Cars: Nissan LEAF
Electric Cars: Nissan LEAF

Electric Cars: Nissan LEAF

A 2013 LEAF has a range of about 84 miles on a full charge.

These electric cars are based on CarMax sales data between Nov. 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

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Electric Cars: Chevrolet Spark EV
Electric Cars: Chevrolet Spark EV

Electric Cars: Chevrolet Spark EV

A 2014 Spark has a range of about 82 miles.

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Electric Cars: Ford Focus Electric
Electric Cars: Ford Focus Electric

Electric Cars: Ford Focus Electric

Older models of this EV have a range of about 76 to 100 miles, depending on the year.

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Electric Cars: Volkswagen Golf Electric
Electric Cars: Volkswagen Golf Electric

Electric Cars: Volkswagen Golf Electric

Also check out a used Chevrolet Bolt EV.

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High-MPG Cars: 2016 Toyota Prius
High-MPG Cars: 2016 Toyota Prius

High-MPG Cars: 2016 Toyota Prius

This car gets about 54 mpg in the city and 50 mpg highway.

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High-MPG Cars: 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
High-MPG Cars: 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

High-MPG Cars: 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

The 2014 model of the MKZ Hybrid gets about 37 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. Other good fuel-efficient used cars are the 2014 Toyota Prius Two, 2015 Lexus CT-200h and the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited.

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Hybrid Cars: 2015 Lexus CT 200H
Hybrid Cars: 2015 Lexus CT 200H

Hybrid Cars: 2015 Lexus CT 200H

This hybrid gets about 43 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

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Hybrid Cars: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited
Hybrid Cars: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

Hybrid Cars: 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited

This hybrid gets about 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Other top hybrids to consider: the 2014 and 2015 Toyota Prius Two, and the 2014 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid.

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Hybrid SUVs: 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
Hybrid SUVs: 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

Hybrid SUVs: 2014 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid

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Hybrid SUVs: 2015 Lexus RX 450H
Hybrid SUVs: 2015 Lexus RX 450H

Hybrid SUVs: 2015 Lexus RX 450H

Other top contenders in this category include the 2013 Lexus RX 450H, the 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid and the 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited.

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Luxury Cars: BMW 328
Luxury Cars: BMW 328

Luxury Cars: BMW 328

Save big on a luxury vehicle by buying used, as they tend to depreciate more quickly than regular cars.

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Luxury Cars: Mercedes-Benz C300
Luxury Cars: Mercedes-Benz C300

Luxury Cars: Mercedes-Benz C300

Also in the top five choices: the Lexus ES 350, Chrysler 300, and Infiniti Q50.

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Minivans: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country
Minivans: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

Minivans: 2014 Chrysler Town and Country

This luxury passenger minivan has third row power folding seats.

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Minivans: 2013 Honda Odyssey
Minivans: 2013 Honda Odyssey

Minivans: 2013 Honda Odyssey

If you're in the market for a used minivan, also take a look at the 2014 Toyota Sienna, the 2015 Dodge Grand Caravan or the 2016 Kia Sedona.

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Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150
Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150

Pickup Trucks: Ford F-150

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Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Pickup Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 1500

Other good used pickups are the Dodge Ram 1500, the Toyota Tacoma or the GMC Sierra 1500.

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Sports Cars: Ford Mustang
Sports Cars: Ford Mustang

Sports Cars: Ford Mustang

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Sports Cars: Chevrolet Camaro
Sports Cars: Chevrolet Camaro

Sports Cars: Chevrolet Camaro

If the Mustang or Camaro don't give you a thrill, look into the Chevrolet Corvette, the Volkswagen GTI or the Nissan 370z.

See the full list of top used cars at CarMax.

Photo: Chevrolet

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This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.