The Best 2014s on the Used-Car Market

March 28th, 2017 by

Let’s say you are one of the millions of Americans who are in the market for a used car. Given that you’re reading a car-shopping website’s blog, that probably isn’t a huge stretch of the imagination. With 2014 models coming off lease, now is an excellent time to buy a used car that still has some of its youthfulness and shine left. So we decided to take a look at how some strong 2014 models have fared since we first looked at them critically when they started rolling off the assembly line. A good deal of what we had to say when we first looked at these cars brand new probably still has a lot of value.

Obviously, some of the technology in these 3-year-old cars will not be as state-of-the-art as the tech installed in the latest 2017 or 2018 model. So things need to be reframed just a little in the context of the used-car market. In addition to our official Test Drive Review score, we’ll take into account the noise our users have made about each car, as well as J.D. Power’s official Reliability ratings in order to give a sense of how the attitude about the car has changed over time. Looking at our first opinions on these cars, how they’ve been received by our users, and how the cars fared in J.D. Power’s Reliability Study, we’ve gathered a list of some of the best used 2014s you can find. As usual, you can search for these cars in your area using the links at the bottom of this page, and, as you should when buying any used car, be sure to check for recalls using the NHTSA’s recall look-up tool.

2014 INFINITI Q50

2014 was a formative year for INFINITI’s current model lineup, as it introduced a sea change in its naming and styling conventions. Model names using letters, like the EX, FX, G, I, J, and M were replaced with either Q or QX, and the INFINITI Q50 was the cornerstone of this new lineup. Aggressively styled and adorned with fantastic safety and tech features for its time, the Q50 was among the most functional and cost-effective luxury sedans on the market. George Kennedy said the Q50 “outclassed” INFINITI’s Japanese rivals and could be competitive with Audi, BMW, and Mercedes for a smaller price tag. CarGurus users seem to agree with George, rating the Q50 a 4.5 out of 5, and an impressive 65% of CarGurus users would buy the Q50 over similar luxury sedans. Despite its initial high ratings, the Q50 has experienced some issues over the last 3 years, and it earned a below-average reliability rating from J.D. Power.

2014 Hyundai Santa Fe

The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe was released with an unexpected amount of sophistication, comfort, and space, splitting its six seats among three rows, rather than cramming them into two. The Santa Fe was priced to fit alongside other midsize SUVs like the Ford Explorer, Honda Pilot, and Nissan Pathfinder. But what makes the Santa Fe stand out is its modern styling and included technology. Also giving it a head above the competition, the Santa Fe was recognized by J.D. Power for having “Better Than Most” reliability (rating a 4 out of 5 in overall reliability). In his review, Chris Wardlaw claimed the “stylish design and engaging driving dynamics add a layer of emotional attachment to what is an exceptionally practical vehicle.” And the Santa Fe was equally well-received by our audience, giving the Santa Fe a respectable 4/5 in user reviews.

2014 Toyota Highlander

For the 2014 model year, Toyota flipped one of the more ordinary large crossovers on the market into one of the most exciting family-oriented vehicles on the market. The 2014 Highlander offers some of the best functionality and a surprisingly exciting drivetrain for a large crossover that “injected it with a healthy shot of youthfulness and excitement,” according to George Kennedy. The Highlander certainly made an impression on drivers—in addition to Kennedy’s glowing review, CarGurus users have rated the Highlander a perfect 5/5. It is a fantastic option if you’re looking for a safe, roomy, convenient, and exciting vehicle.

2014 Dodge Charger

The 2014 Dodge Charger is an absolute favorite among CarGurus users. In addition to getting perfect 5’s on user reviews, the Charger received a dominant 65% would buy over the competition. Powered by an award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, the Charger will provide a great deal of fun for a relatively affordable price tag. The Charger offers some of the best power-per-dollar metrics on the market, and you can find even the most powerful V8 SRT variants in the mid-$30,000s. George Kennedy loved his time with the Charger, calling it “a future classic.” If you’re looking for a powerful machine, you can’t do much better than this.

2014 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

If you’re in the market for a pickup truck, you likely have a lot of use cases and options to keep in mind when making a decision. The pickup brands on the market are notoriously competitive. When it comes to 2014 trucks, there seems to be some consensus among our expert reviewer and CarGurus users. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 seems to be a step above other 2014 pickups on the market, earning a 8.7 from George Kennedy in his Test Drive Review and a 4.57/5 from CarGurus users. It blends form, function, and capability in a unique way that is suitable for hauling heavy loads and family around. And if you’re in the market for a slightly more upscale pickup, the GMC Sierra 1500 (the Silverado’s counterpart) also looks quite impressive, having earned an 8.2 in its own Test Drive Review.

2014 Honda Accord

This may seem like an obvious choice, but there is good reason why the Accord has such a reputation for being an all-around great car to buy—new or used. The Accord has a timelessness about it, having consistently been one of the best-selling sedans in America for over 40 years. The Accord also has the distinction of earning the highest score of all our 2014 Test Drive Reviews, scoring a staggering 9.2 (the only vehicle to receive a score above a 9.0). That score seems to have been validated over the years, as CarGurus users have rated the Accord at 4.8 out of 5. Additionally, 48% of the CarGurus community would buy it over other cars in the segment (losing out only to the Dodge Charger). This, coupled with an About Average reliability rating from J.D Power, makes the Accord an easy car to consider buying.

2014 Mazda MAZDA3

Chris Wardlaw called the 2014 MAZDA3 a “masterpiece of a compact car,” and for good reason. Almost every aspect of the MAZDA3 was well-received, culminating in a stylish, safe, technologically advanced, and cost-effective vehicle capable of tackling your favorite back roads with ease. It’s difficult for a vehicle to be that competent in just one aspect of drivability, but the MAZDA3 is able to bring it all together like few others do. Chris certainly isn’t the only one with that opinion. CarGurus users have rated it 4.67/5, and 53% of users would buy one over other cars in the market. Mazda’s powertrain continues to be a huge selling point for the MAZDA3, receiving a perfect 5/5 for powertrain dependability from J.D. Power.

2014 Honda Odyssey

If you’re looking for a family-oriented vehicle, you should really consider checking out a minivan. Although the role for minivans has largely been assimilated by crossovers, not many can come close to fulfilling the convenience and comfort of your everyday minivan. Take the Honda Odyssey, for example: Chris Wardlaw called it the “ultimate in family haulers for the majority of Americans.” With top-of-the-line tech features, an unbeatable safety suite, and a comfort level that raises the bar for competing minivans, there’s no wonder why 57% of CarGurus users would buy the Odyssey over competing vehicles. It is the essential family vehicle.

2014 Toyota 4Runner

True body-on-frame SUVs are a rare bunch nowadays. Many of the old traditional SUVs of the past have transitioned to car-based crossover platforms to make them more efficient, stylish, and cheaper. So it is rare to see a body-on-frame SUV display as much competence as the 2014 Toyota 4Runner does at its price point. George Kennedy said the 4Runner was capable of “delivering comfortable daily driving and true off-road capability.” It’s a very unique vehicle and certainly isn’t for everyone, but if you need something with ruggedness and refinement, the 4Runner is the SUV for you. It definitely seems to be the SUV for CarGurus—over 60% of our users would buy the 4Runner over competitive vehicles.

2014 Honda Civic

To be completely frank, if you’re looking for a used car, you cannot do better than the 2014 Honda Civic. Chris Wardlaw originally noted in his review that the Civic “excels when it comes to cost effectiveness”, and that has only become more true as it hits the used-car market. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a 2014 Civic over $20,000. And, you won’t have to fret about buying a used Civic—it has received nearly perfect reliability scores from J.D. Power, allotting the Civic an “Among the Best” reliability rating. The Civic sure is among the absolute best when it comes to affordability. For what it offers, the price tag will be unbeatable.

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