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What Are the Best Small Cars to Buy Second Hand?

What Are the Best Small Cars to Buy Second Hand?


When it comes to purchasing a small car in the second-hand market, you need to consider a few things. Reliability, affordability, fuel efficiency, and overall value are important elements of all used cars.

This blog post will focus on some of the best small cars to buy second-hand which include the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Yaris, Toyota Prius, Honda Fit, Ford Fiesta and Nissan Micra. Shopping for a used car in Edmonton? View our entire inventory online here.

Best Small Car #1: Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been a favourite among compact-car enthusiasts for decades. Known for its dependability and longevity, the Corolla is an excellent choice for Edmonton drivers shopping for a used small car. Its fuel-efficient, comfortable and surprisingly spacious make it a popular option. In fact, the Corolla is the best-selling Toyota vehicle in Canada.


Another thing that makes the Corolla such a sought-after used vehicle is its low cost of ownership. The Corolla has one of the lowest 10-year maintenance costs among small cars, and it's in third place among all Toyota vehicles. Plus, with a wide range of years and trims, a little shopping can land you a great Corolla with all the features you want.

Best Small Car #2: Toyota Yaris


The Toyota Yaris is a subcompact car that offers excellent value for second-hand buyers. Known for its nimble handling and fuel efficiency, the Yaris is ideal for students and people working and living in downtown Edmonton.
Despite its small size, the Yaris provides a surprising amount of interior space (450 litres in the trunk of the hatchback model) making it practical for daily use. Plus, the Yaris has a great reputation for reliability — with a 4.5 out of 5.0 reliability score from RepairPal.

Best Small Car #3: Toyota Prius

For Edmonton drivers shopping for a small used car with great fuel efficiency, the Toyota Prius is a top choice. As a hybrid vehicle, the Prius combines a gasoline engine with an electric motor, with the all-wheel-drive version offering buyers an impressive fuel economy rating of 4.8 L/100 km.
Its aerodynamic design, spacious cabin, and advanced technology features make it a compelling option for eco-conscious buyers. The Prius also holds its value well, making it a wise investment in the second-hand market.

Best Small Car #4: Honda Fit


The Honda Fit is one of our favourite small cars for a few reasons. First, it has a clever interior design which does a great job of maximizing space for both cargo and passengers. With the back seat up there is 470 litres of room for all the things.
Fold the seat forward and the Fit will hold an enormous 1492 litres of cargo — more than any of its hatchback competitors. The Fit also offers a smooth and nimble ride, making it great for city driving and maneuvering and parking in tight spaces.

Best Small Car #5: Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta is one of the best-selling cars of all time thanks to its enjoyable driving dynamics and practicality. It offers a well-designed interior with comfortable seating and a user-friendly infotainment system.
Drivers often also cite the Fiesta as being one of the easiest and low-cost cars to maintain, with the average yearly cost for repairs and maintenance being around $552. With its range of including fuel-efficient options, several model years and trims to choose from, you can find one right for you.

Best Small Car #6: Nissan Micra 

A list of the best small used cars would not be complete without mentioning the Nissan Micra. Its compact dimensions make it easy to maneuver through congested city streets and tight parking spaces. The Micra offers a comfortable ride and a practical interior with well-placed controls. Despite its small size, it can comfortably accommodate passengers in its well-designed cabin.
In 2015, the Nissan Micra sold over 10,000 units and was actually named Canada's most affordable new car. Fuel efficiency is another advantage of the Micra. Thanks to the Micra's 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine, buyers get  5.54L/100 kilometres,  making it a cost-effective option for daily commuting.

Used Small Cars For Sale at West Edmonton Mall Toyota


When it comes to purchasing a small car in the second-hand market, Toyota, Honda, Ford and Nissan all offer excellent choices. Whether you prioritize fuel efficiency, affordability, or overall value, these choices are worth considering.
Shopping for a used small car in Edmonton? Come see our team at West Edmonton Mall Toyota today. Not only do we have a huge selection of pre-owned vehicles including some of the best small cars we’ve listed here today, but we also have a knowledgeable and friendly team to walk you through all your options.


We help you thoroughly research the specific model, and check its maintenance history, and our service team always inspects each vehicle that comes through our doors. Our goal is to help you make an informed choice and find the best small used car that fits your budget and lifestyle needs.


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