While there are plenty of lists of top vehicles for virtually any category (e.g., best economy car, most exotic under one million, ugliest mid-sized sedan in white, etc.) most show only the latest models. If you don't have the financial resources for a brand new set of wheels, here are ten used cars, broken down by category, that won't hurt your wallet quite as much:
  • Economy Car: 1999-2004 Honda Civic
  • Midsize Car: 1999-2004 Toyota Camry (Fine build quality, legendary reliability and a hushed ride characterize the Camry.)
  • Large Car: 1999-2004 Ford Crown Victoria / Mercury Grand Marquis
  • Luxury Car: 2003-2004 Infiniti G35 (pictured)
  • Sporty Car: 1999-2004 Mazda Miata (Mazda's little two-seater wins over even those who don't know a camshaft from a half shaft.)
  • Mini-SUV: 1999-2004 Honda CR-V
  • SUV: 2002-2004 Ford Explorer
  • Minivan: 1999-2004 Honda Odyssey
  • Small Pickup: 1999-2004 Toyota Tacoma
  • Large Pickup: 1999-2004 Ford F-150 (...a compliant ride, communicative and precise steering, smooth power plants and best-in-class brakes.)
Full explanations on how and why each vehicle made the list can be found at the link. Has the list hit the target or missed the parking lot altogether?

Related:
Macleans 2006 Top Ten picks
Harris poll ranks the top "buzz-worthy" vehicles from 2005
Automotive awards -- what do they really mean?

[Source: Edmunds]