When you’re in the market for a used car, sometimes an SUV can seem like overkill, while a compact car may not be big enough for your needs, especially if you have a growing family.
The solution is a mid-sized sedan, and because there are so many good ones to choose from in this country, you know you’ll have no problem finding a model that fits your requirements perfectly. Check out our picks for the best used family sedans in Australia.
If you’re planning to buy a new sedan, you’re normally going to have to spend more than $30,000 for the best models. However, a quick perusal of used car dealerships and online car selling sites will show you that there are plenty of quality second-hand cars out there to choose from.
If you’ve got a family, your choice of a used sedan will be determined by factors that include overall safety, fuel economy, reliability and how much internal space the car has.
Because the used car market for sedans is so competitive in Australia, there are some real bargains to be had – and it’s always worth doing some aggressive negotiating when discussing price for your chosen model.
Here are a few sedan models worth looking at if you‘re in the market for a second-hand vehicle. There are many more to choose from, of course, but these are quite popular options, based on Canstar’s customer satisfaction surveys:
Hyundai i40 (1st Gen, 2011-2016)
This is a very pleasant sedan to drive, with plenty of room inside (except when those selfish folks up front hog all the leg room and don’t leave any for the rear passengers).
Australian suspension engineers have worked with the South Korean manufacturers to create a smooth ride that offers a nice balance between firmness and comfort.
With the i40, there’s the option of a 2.0L petrol or a 1.7L turbo-diesel engine. A fair few of the i40s for sale in the second-hand market are old rentals, so make sure you give them a good inspection, history check and test drive before purchasing. Being an ex-rental isn’t necessarily a bad thing if they’ve been looked after.
Comfy seats, plenty of headroom, strong engine options, superior handling, quality engineering
Tight legroom for rear passengers
Toyota Camry (XV50, 2011-2013)
When many of us think ‘mid-sized sedan’ the image that immediately pops into our heads is a Toyota Camry, with its conservative, rather anonymous-looking exterior and generic build.
But what it doesn’t have in pizzazz or sportiness, it more than makes up for with reliability, decent fuel economy and a proven ability to handle Aussie road conditions.
If you value ride comfort and mechanical reliability over sporty appearance, the Camry will fit the bill nicely – and there are plenty of well-looked-after used ones on the market.
Comfortable ride, roomy interior, low running costs, decent fuel economy, a solid, dependable mid-sized sedan
Conservative, lacklustre appearance
Mazda 6 (3rd Gen, 2012-Present)
The Mazda 6, the Mazda 3 and the Mazda 2 have all proven their worth to discerning Australian car buyers over the years, with all providing a comforting level of reliability.
Though the Mazda 6 can sometimes be mistaken for the Mazda 3 from the outside, once you get a peek at the interior, the differences are plain to see: the 6 has a much larger boot and more room for the rear passengers.
This is a 5-star-rated car for safety, with electronic stability and traction control, 6 airbags, front and rear park sensors and auto wipers and headlights. The handling is smooth and balanced and the engine is peppy enough.
Excellent fuel economy, quality digital technology, good handling
Bland interior design, navigation touch-screen is a bit fiddly
Ford Falcon (7th Gen, 2008-2016)
Way back in its heyday, the Ford Falcon ruled the Aussie roads, along with the Holden Commodore. Although its glory years are well behind it, it still has a lot to offer as a solid and dependable second-hand vehicle.
The fuel-injected six-cylinder engine is a workhorse, providing all the oomph you’ll need under normal driving conditions. If buying used, make sure the transmission is still in good nick.
Reliable engine, good suspension suited for Aussie roads
Base models lack refinement, prone to rear diff issues
Honda Accord (8th Gen, 2008-2012)
If the only Hondas you’ve ever driven are their compact cars (like the Civic), you’re bound to get a mild shock when you climb into the spacious comfort of the Accord, which is a full-sized sedan in anybody’s book.
Despite its generous size, which brings to mind Commodores and Falcons, it’s packing some impressive fuel-efficiency tech.
Honda is famous for the quality workmanship in its engines, and the Accord doesn’t disappoint, offering smooth acceleration and strong performance. If you’re tall, wide or both and like a bit of extra room, the Accord has all the internal space you’ll need.
Dependable engine, extremely spacious interior, clever eco-technology, easy rear-seat access
- Because mid-sized sedans are so ubiquitous in Australia, there is always a good selection of second-hand ones available to choose from, when you’re ready to buy
- Safety features, fuel economy, internal space and mechanical reliability are obvious must-haves when shopping for a family-friendly vehicle