Top 10 Most Reliable Used Cars for Families

Oct 23, 2018 | Car Brisbane News

Are you in the market for a new car? With so many quality, used cars on the market, it can be overwhelming to decide on the make and model that’s best for your family. That’s why Cars Brisbane is here to help! We’ve compiled a list of the most reliable used cars in Australia, based on customer satisfaction surveys.

Factors like size, safety, fuel economy and overall reliability will generally influence your decision. To help you narrow your decision-making, make a list of what’s most important to you in a car, as well as the features your family needs most. Compare your list to our top selection of SUVs and sedans to find the best 4-wheeled addition to your family!

Best Used SUVs

1. Honda CRV 3rd Gen, 2007-2011

Family Car Honda CRV 3rd Generation

  • Very spacious interior
  • Stylish, contemporary design
  • Great driver visibility
  • Impressive safety features

The Honda CRV is an incredibly versatile family SUV and one of the best used cars on the market. Its stylish exterior sets it above the rest if you’re cruising down city streets, while its size and safety features make it a great car for weekend getaways. The CRV has been reviewed as a sturdy, nimble and very rewarding car to drive.

2. Holden Equinox, 2018

Family Holden Equinox 2018 SUV

  • Reversing camera
  • Touchscreen console
  • Large storage space
  • Powerful engine (188kW of power)
  • Retuned riding and handling

Although it came later to market, this medium-sized SUV has undoubtedly made a name for itself. It comes with a great fit-out including a touchscreen, reversing camera, automatic headlights and more. It also features a high-power engine, one of the best performers in this class of car. Despite all of this, it still doesn’t compromise on safety or practicality, making it perfect for families on the go.

3. Hyundai Tucson, 2015+

Cars Brisbane Hyundai Tucson 2015

  • Turbo-petrol and Turbo-diesel options
  • High-quality build
  • Four-cylinder engine with good fuel economy
  • Highly rated for reliability

After a full redesign in 2016, the Hyundai Tucson is hard used car to go past. With a spacious interior, seats that both adults and kids alike can find comfortable and advanced safety features, it’s the perfect choice for a family car. Scoring highly for reliability, the model is certainly worth a look in.

4. Mazda CX-5 1st Gen, 2012-2017

Family Car Mazda CX-5 Cars Brisbane

  • Profound safety features
  • Modern features including climate control system & lane departure warnings
  • Smooth transmission
  • Fold down seats for additional boot space

The Mazda CX-5 is dubbed as one of the most reliable SUVs in the used car market. It boasts an impressive list of safety features including Dynamic Stability Control, Emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution. It’s a great car for active families who are constantly on the road!

5. Toyota RAV4 3rd Gen, XA30: 2006-2012


  • Spacious & reliable for off-roading
  • Good fuel economy
  • Quality mechanics & great safety rating
  • Small for an off-roader

The RAV4 has been a long-time Aussie favourite amongst adventure-seeking families. It’s the perfect SUV for bush-bashing, camping trips and beaches. It’s pleasant to drive, reliable and offers the versatility to perform on both suburban streets and off the beaten track.

Best Used Sedans

1. Hyundai Sonata, 2016

Cars Brisbane Hyundai Sonata 2016

  • Good fuel economy
  • Spacious interior for a sedan
  • Drives very smoothly
  • User-friendly features

The Hyundai Sonata delivers excellent value for a used family sedan, especially when looking at more modern rivals. Models from 2016 onwards are great for technologically minded car buyers with the introduction of extra features such as a 7-inch touch screen and Apple CarPlay.

2. Toyota Camry XV50, 2015

Cars Brisbane Toyota Camry XV50 2015

  • Great for Australian road conditions
  • Mechanical reliability
  • Decent fuel economy
  • Low running costs

Historically reliable, the Toyota Camry has frequently been a favourite used car for families over the years. The 2015 refresh comes with a range of additional safety features that continue to make it the car of choice for years to come.

3. Mazda 6 3rd Gen, 2012-present


  • Large boot space & room for rear passengers
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • 5-star safety rating
  • Impressive digital technology

The Mazda 6 looks as good as it feels to drive. It’s a reliable and spacious car with outstanding safety features including electronic stability, traction control and front and rear airbags. The digital features are impressive for a secondhand family car, particularly after the 2016 refresh which updated the infotainment system and added Bluetooth. You’ll certainly feel your best cruising the streets in the 3rd Generation 6.

4. Ford Fusion, 2016


  • Range of engines available
  • Spacious for both cargo and passengers
  • Attractive interior styling
  • Athletic handling

The Ford Fusions sleek design has aged nicely over the years and offers enough space to make for a comfortable ride. It feels great on the road without compromising on practicality.

5. Honda Accord 8th Gen, 2008-2012


  • Spacious & comfortable, full-sized sedan
  • Good fuel efficiency for its size
  • Clever technology
  • Reliable engine

The Honda Accord has all the features you could want in a full-size sedan, along with the fuel efficiency of a much smaller car! It offers a comfortable, smooth drive with a great selection of handy tech features.

Whether your family is growing, going places or just looking for a more reliable, comfortable ride, you’re sure to find the best option amongst Australia’s favourites. If you’re sold on one of the best used family cars and are preparing to sell your current car, Cars Brisbane will buy it! You can sell your car stress-free in under 30 minutes! Get in touch with us and talk to one of our experienced professionals to learn more!

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