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Q: I am finally ready to purchase a larger vehicle since we have a new addition in our family. I have a difficult time shopping for a brand new car since I have never had one (both of ours were bought used and are 10 years old). I have started to look at safety ratings for vehicles with room but that are not super big. The issue is, I apparently have expensive car taste and have been looking at Volvos, particularly XC60s. What is a good value for a used Volvo? I have seen model years 2010-2013 priced from $20,000-$25,000 with 80,000-120,000 miles. What should I look for in a used Volvo?
A: The Volvo XC60 is a great car and is classified as a luxury compact SUV. With any used car, you can expect repairs and some level of undependability, especially one with 100,000 miles on it. When you find one you like, take it to a Volvo specialist before purchasing it to ensure any problems are taken care of before you own it. As much as you like the security of the Volvo, have you considered a new vehicle? One to look at that offers as much room and does very well in all the safety tests is the Mazda CX-5. It is fun to drive, dependable, and fuel efficient. It is at the top of your budget but is brand new and has the latest features, which you won’t find in an older Volvo.
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