10 best used executive cars under RM70,000POSTED BY Vishal Bhaskaran ON 16 February 2015
With automakers offering extended warranty and sometimes even throwing in free service packages with new car purchases, the second hand car market is finding it increasingly harder to make a case for itself.
In an attempt to remain competitive, many dealers have begun to offer warranties of their own and are more than willing to allow customers the freedom of having their mechanics check and inspect their car of choice before purchase.
For those willing to take the leap of faith into pre-owned vehicle ownership, if it is an executive car you are after the market is awash with previous generations of exceptional executive automobiles.
With a working budget of RM70,000 a buyer can easily be spoilt for choice, listed below are the CBT team’s top 10 favourites.
Toyota Camry (4th generation, 2006 – 2011)
A comfortable and spacious interior with almost German luxury car levels of noise insulation and refinement make the Camry as relaxing an executive car as you can get for this price.
Honda Accord (7th generation, 2003 – 2008)
The go-to option for the executive who is a closet driving enthusiast, the Honda Accord is able to deliver practicality as well as performance and has been doing so for generations.
Nissan Teana (1st generation, 2004 – 2009)
The Teana is a fairly left-field choice as far as the executive sedan market is concerned, despite being a decent car in its own right. The V6 variant with the creamy smoothness of its power delivery combined with CVT fuel efficiency make it a compelling option in this league.
Mazda 6 (2nd generation, 2007 – 2012)
The head-turner of the Asian options on our list, the Mazda 6 was a stylish car for those who eschewed the mainstream offerings from Honda and Toyota. The interior had more than a few hints of the RX-8 which is an added bonus, especially the deeply-recessed dials on the instrument panel.
Peugeot 407 (2004 – 2010)
If you absolutely must have something different, the Peugeot 407 is the chic European alternative to the standard Asian and German fare. Continental flair aside, the 407 may not feel very special on the inside but will certainly cause a few double-takes due to its rarity.
Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2nd generation, 2000 – 2007)
A Mercedes-Benz still makes a statement that you have arrived in life. For the driver who values class and comfort over infotainment systems and gadgetry found in new cars at this price point, the C200 had a supercharger-equipped 1.8 litre engine that was more than adequately powerful for the daily run.
BMW 3-series (5th generation, 2006 – 2012)
The 3-Series is the benchmark for sports executive sedans, offering a balanced chassis with great handling. The preceding generation was arguably better looking, this is the 3-Series for the executive who prefers to fly under the radar and get his thrills from behind the wheel rather than from the validation of his peers.
Hyundai Sonata (6th generation, 2009 – 2014)
The Sonata was curvaceous and, crucially, more affordable compared to its Japanese rivals. This is reflected even in second-hand prices, a 2010 Sonata can be had for the price of a 2008 Accord or Camry. Brand strength might be the deciding factor but there is no denying the wisdom that the younger the car the lower the risk exposure in terms of potential problems.
Honda CR-V (3rd generation, 2006 – 2011)
Since its introduction to the market, the CR-V has never been anything more than a soft-roader. As such, it drives like a car but with the road presence and size of an SUV, adding a dose of practicality to a civilised and comfortable ride for a decent alternative to the traditional executive sedan.
Ford Mondeo (3rd generation, 2007 – 2014)
Thanks to the arrival of the EcoBoost engine line, used Mondeos in the second-hand market equipped with the old 2.3 litre Duratec mill can be had for a song. Among the newest cars to be had at this price range, this is the only car on the list of which the current generation is still available in showrooms.
Correction: BMW 3-series was labelled in error as 4th generation and has been corrected to 5th generation with corresponding model years.