Popular Used Car Makes and Models

Which Are the Most Popular Used Car Brands and Models in the Greater Washington DC area?

Here at IAD Auto, we understand that many car shoppers in the Washington DC area aren't looking for something brand-new. Instead, they prefer the tried and tested nature and excellent value proposition that only a used vehicle can provide. And when considering things like family needs, lifestyle, preferences, and budget, a quality pre-owned model often makes the most sense. IAD Auto is proud to be a premier used car destination for DC and Maryland drivers, with a history dating back more than 25 years and convenient locations in Laurel, Beltsville, and Landover. We're continually updating our inventory as models are sold, and new vehicles arrive. So, continue reading to learn more about some of the most popular car nameplates you're likely to find.

Why Buy a Used Car?

SUVs and crossovers may have taken over as the most popular vehicle types in the US. But for drivers in Beltsville, Laurel and beyond seeking the best blend of drivability, efficiency, practicality, and value, the tried-and-true car is still tough to beat. And if you're looking to save some money on your next car purchase, buying used is an excellent solution. Besides a lower price tag, used cars also incur less tax and are often cheaper to insure. They also hold their current value well because they've typically already experienced their most significant depreciation period.

Buying used also provides you with more options. Instead of being limited to the current model year, you can choose from a wider range of years, makes, models, and trim levels. Additionally, if your budget only affords a new model's base trim, buying used could bring a higher tier's extra amenities within reach.

Popular Used Car Makes and Models

While Washington DC drivers have myriad options when shopping for a used car, there are a few nameplates that receive the most attention. Here's a quick look at some of the most popular models in our inventory

Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been the best-selling automobile in the world for more than 20 years, after passing the globally ubiquitous VW Type1/Beetle. So, it probably needs no introduction. It epitomizes the compact car class, offering practical, comfortable, and efficient transportation at a fair price. And a proven reputation for reliability makes it a perfect choice for a wide variety of needs and budgets. 2017 Corollas and later come standard with Toyota Safety Sense advanced driver aids, including adaptive cruise control. The Corolla is an excellent choice for DC-area drivers looking for style and fuel economy.

Toyota Camry

The Toyota Camry is a little less popular than its smaller Corolla sibling but still one of the most prominent models in the midsize sedan class. Well-equipped and spacious, Camry offers comfortable accommodations and agreeable driving dynamics, making it an excellent upgrade to your morning Beltsville or Silver Spring commute.

Honda Civic

While its provenance isn't quite as extensive as the Corolla, the Honda Civic is still one of the industry's longest-running, continuously produced nameplates - and it's a car you're sure to see zipping around the streets of Washington DC. It's also one of the few that can challenge the Corolla as the quintessential compact car. Available in sedan and hatchback variants, the Honda Civic is exceptionally roomy for a compact car and provides one of the most spacious cargo areas/trunks in either configuration. Honda Sensing driver aids have been standard on the Civic since 2019.

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has been an industry mainstay for 45 years, even longer than the Toyota Camry. And over the past few decades, it has established itself as a cornerstone of the midsize sedan segment. The Accord offers comfortable driving dynamics without sacrificing engaging handling or responsive performance. It's also impressively efficient for its size, no matter which engine you select. The honda brand has a great reputation for longevity, too, so you are sure to be driving around in the Landover/Silver Spring area for years to come.

Ford Fusion

With Ford shifting its focus to SUVs, the Ford Fusion was shown the door after the 2020 model year; which is too bad, because the Fusion is an appealing midsize sedan with adept driving dynamics, a quiet and roomy cabin, lots of modern tech and safety features. After 2019, Fusion SE and SEL models equip a responsive and efficient 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder (181 hp, 185 lb-ft), while Titanium models get a thrilling boost from a 2.0L turbo-four that makes 240 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque.

Ford Mustang

Ford may have phased out most of its cars, but with the Ford Mustang's deep history and rabid fanbase, this American icon isn't going anywhere soon. Available in coupe and convertible variants, the Mustang is one of the most recognizable and revered cars in existence. The legendary pony car is never short on power, whether you choose the old 3.7L V6 (305-hp), the newer EcoBoost turbo-four (310-332 hp), or one of the many burly V8 options. You will certainly get a thrill driving around Landover and Washington DC in a Mustang!

Chevy Camaro

No conversation about classic American muscle cars is complete without mentioning the Chevy Camaro. Its history dates back nearly as far as the Mustang, and Camaro diehards are nearly as numerous as their Mustang counterparts. Sixth-gen Camaros feature a base turbo-four that's not as potent as the EcoBoost Mustang, but 1LT models can option a 335-horsepower V6, and fifth-gen models came standard with a 323-horsepower V6. So whether you are commuting into Washington DC or taking off from Beltsville to parts unknown, the Camaro will ensure you enjoy the ride as much as - or more than - the destination.

Nissan Altima

The Nissan Altima is another tried and true car you're likely to see on the streets of Washington DC. It has powerful engines, good fuel economy, and a smooth ride. This model is also affordable, thus why it is so popular. If you are looking for a good car to get you from point A to point B, ad used Nissan Altima may be just the ticket.

Convenient Financing for Everyone

IAD Auto makes it easy to get started on the buying process right here on our website, with convenient resources like an online financing application and trade appraisal tool. We believe that everyone deserves reliable and affordable transportation, which is why we're glad to serve drivers of all credit histories. We're your local Buy Here, Pay Here dealership with expertise in no credit, low credit, and second-chance financing. So, let us know if you have concerns about your ability to receive a car loan, and we'll be happy to work with you.

Test-drive a used car near Washington DC at IAD Auto in Laurel, Beltsville, or Landover

The list above is just a sampling of the more popular cars that you might find in our lots and on the streets of Washington DC, but to be sure there are many more options available to you.  Browse our current used car inventory online, or even expand your search to include trucks and SUVs on our  all-inclusive inventory page.  For more information about our pre-owned inventory and available financing opportunities, please reach out to IAD Auto at your convenience. And if you'd like to get behind the wheel to explore a model's accommodations, amenities, and performance, we invite you to visit any of our three convenient locations for a test drive. We'll be happy to give you a tour.

Get in Touch About Your Used Car Needs

  1. IAD Auto

    2000 Brightseat Rd
    Washington, DC 20020

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  2. IAD Auto Landover

    2000 Brightseat Rd
    Landover, MD 20785

    • Sales: 855-519-5007
  3. IAD Auto Beltsville

    11454 Baltimore Ave
    Beltsville, MD 20705

    • Sales: 833-577-7540
  4. IAD Auto Laurel

    14107 Baltimore Ave
    Laurel, MD 20707

    • Sales: 833-577-7541
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