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A very safe bet in the second-hand stakes.

The accolades just keep on coming for Toyota's Yaris and Corolla models, and now they have been joined by the Celica and RAV4 in the used car market.

The Yaris has picked up just about every award going, for its style, practicality, value for money and, most importantly perhaps, for its build quality.

However, this recognition has been limited to how well the model compares with other new cars, rather than how it fares as a second-hand prospect.

What Car? judges reckon that it is not only one of the best small cars on the new car market, but is an utterly safe bet on the second-hand market too.

Available in a choice of three- and five-door body styles and with a wide range of engine choices, plus legendary Toyota reliability, it is a much sought-after second-hand buy.

The same is true of the larger Corolla model, which is singled out as the best alternative to Ford's mainstream Focus in the small car sector.

The sporty Celica is another winner: said to have the coupe wow factor by the bucketful, it also comes with durability as standard.

This is particularly important when opting for a second-hand coupe, which, by its very nature, may have been driven hard.

The judges reckon that the Celica is more than up to the job, whilst continuing to offer the same stunning looks for which it won instant acclaim when first launched.

For those in the people-carrier market, Toyota's Previa is reckoned to be the best buy on the second-hand market for larger models.

A 51-registration 2.4-litre GLS with an average of 26,000 miles covered, costing under pounds 16,000, is reckoned to be unbeatable.
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Title Annotation:Motors News
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 23, 2004
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