10 Used Cars To Consider Before Buying New

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6. Nissan Altima
Trim: 2.5-liter four-door
Original MSRP: $17,689
KBB private party value: $4,720
Retained value 26.7%



Even the 2.5-liter four-cylinder version of the midsized generates 175 horsepower while getting a combined 24 miles per gallon. That's sporty enough for a three-pod, sports-car instrument layout, but is perhaps the least impressive of its features.

This Altima is loaded with a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, a power port inside the center console (remember, most folks were still using cigarette lighters for smoking at this point) and steering wheel-mounted controls for the stereo and a trip computer. The big selling points, though, include leather seating, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, HomeLink universal transmitter, high-intensity headlights, a power sunroof and an in-dash six-disc CD changer for when that wave of CD nostalgia eventually kicks in.

If the Altima's a little big for buyers still considering a used Nissan, the Sentra XE sedan still fetches 22.4% of its original MSRP and can take a beating.