The Ford Fusion may have been discontinued a couple of years ago, but the long-running sedan still has its fair share of fans – and it’s still garnering praise from critics, too. Most recently, the 2015 and 2018 Ford Fusion were recognized by Consumer Reports as two of the best used vehicles for teens that cost less than $20k, while the 2017 model was named one of the five-year-old used hybrid sedans and hatchbacks with the best fuel economy. That list grew recently after iSeeCars named the Fusion as one of the best 10-year-old used cars for the money, but as it turns out, it’s also one of the best five-year old models in that regard, too.
iSeeCars just released its list of the top 10 best five-year-old used vehicles for the money, a group it singled out by analyzing over two million used vehicle transactions. The company then identified the models with the longest lifespan and compared each with current used car values. The resulting list ranks five-year-old vehicles by the price of their remaining potential lifespan – or the lowest price per remaining 1,000 miles of expected lifespan.
In that sense, the Ford Fusion ranked tenth on this particular list with an average price tag of $18,793 and a remaining lifespan of 130,209 miles – which equates to $144 per 1,000 miles. iSeeCars estimates that five-year-old Fusion sedans have a potential lifespan of 201,071 miles, with around 64.8 percent of that total remaining, on average. By comparison, the top 10 best five-year-old used cars for the money list averages $20,428, with a remaining lifespan of 150,526 miles or more than 69 percent left in their total usable lifespan.
“Although used car pricing is slowly dropping, it remains near record levels, putting a serious financial pinch on first-time buyers or used car shoppers needing to replace their current vehicle. And new vehicle pricing is simply unrealistic for many consumers,” said Karl Brauer, Executive Analyst for iSeeCars.com. “But we now know shoppers can buy a 10-year-old car that costs substantially less than 1-5 year-old used models, yet these vehicles still have 80,000 or more miles of life left in them. All of these top 20 cars provide a potential lifespan above 200,000 miles.”