Now that gas prices are falling, your best value in a used vehicle might be a mid-size SUV because their prices are expected to flatten or drop for the remainder of 2011 while other used car prices continue to increase.
According to Wayne Westring, manager, RVI Analytical Services, demand is expected to less for mid-size SUVs, which makes them more price sensitive. It's possible to score better prices than for a full-size sedan, a segment where prices are rising quickly.
Now, there are some things to consider. The most important would be fuel economy. You're going to pay a little more at the pump depending on what model of used SUV that you purchase. Jason Fogelson, About's guide to SUVs, can offer you insights on the best SUVs on the market - and most fuel efficient.
But, and some people fail to factor this in, the savings from buying a mid-size SUV might more than make up for the higher fuel spending. The government fuel economy website has an excellent tool for helping you estimate what your annual fuel costs are going to be.