For years now, automakers have been trying to capture the all-important Millennials market, but they’ve been having a much harder time than in previous generations. Credit this group of 18 to 34 year olds coming of age during one of the worst recessions in history, being up to their ears in student loan debt, and the price of new cars being higher than ever before (even when adjusted for inflation) as all reasons why they’re resistant to the idea of paying an average $33,560 for a new car. It’s also the reason why the median age for car buyers is now around 52 years old.
But contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t mean that Millennials don’t want cars. With automotive safety and engineering standards higher than ever before, the used car market is flooded with cheap, reliable late-model vehicles that offer solid transportation for thousands less than a new car. And with that in mind, what Millennials are buying used could potentially be invaluable market research for automakers, right?
Well, not exactly. After studying the buying patterns of Millennials on the used car market between January and June 2015, Edmunds.com came up with a list of the 10 most popular used cars for buyers between 18 and 34, and to put it mildly, it’s all over the place. In fact, we would’ve had a hard time coming up with a more disparate list of cars. From the forgotten to the unexpected, here are the 10 most popular used cars on the market for Millennials.