October 9th, 2020 by

A silver 2018 Chevy Bolt EV is driving along a highway after leaving a used car dealership.

If you have been searching for used car dealerships in your area, then you have landed in the right place. Here at Richard Lucas Chevrolet, we take great pride in our used vehicle selection, but our favorite used models all have the Chevy nameplate. That is because used Chevy vehicles are high-quality options that will provide you with reliable service for years to come.

Over the years, Chevy vehicles have been awarded many coveted titles. There are so many awards to go through that we could write a book on the subject. For the sake of this article, we will cover the most highly-sought-after awards for ten of Chevy’s most popular models.
#1 – The Used Chevy Bolt EV
As the only fully electric vehicle in the Chevy lineup, the Bolt EV is already quite remarkable. With a driving range of up to 259 miles on a single charge, it can save you tons of money on gas. In 2017, the Bolt was named both the North American Car of the Year and the Motor Trend Car of the Year. It was ranked as the 2017 Green Car of the Year by the Green Car Journal, and the IIHS also rated it as a Top Safety Pick for 2017, 2018, and 2019.
In 2018, the Bolt earned the Best Resale Value: Electric from Kelley Blue Book. It even scored a 5-star overall safety rating from the NHTSA. So, if you thought that electric vehicles couldn’t be safe, think again! The 2019 models scored the same overall safety rating, so we recommend purchasing a used Chevy Bolt from 2018 or 2019.
Reliability Rating: N/A
#2 – The Used Chevy Sonic
As a compact hatchback boasting a sporty design, the Chevy Sonic is a great used model. It’s ideal for commuters due to its incredible fuel economy, and it has earned several awards over the years that warrant some serious respect. In 2017, the Sonic was named the “Most Dependable Small Car” by J.D. Power, and it was also labeled as the “Coolest New Car Under $18,000” by Kelley Blue Book. For two consecutive years (2018 to 2019), the pint-size ride scored a solid 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. If you’re looking for an economical car that won’t disappoint you, the used Chevy Sonic is a good option.
Reliability Rating: Above Average (4 out of 5)
#3 – The Used Chevy Spark
Another great hatchback to purchase used is the Chevy Spark. This petite model will surprise you in every way. The 2016 models made the Kelley Blue Book list for the 10 Most Affordable Cars. For 2017, Kelley Blue Book also named the Spark as the best 5-Year Cost-to-Own subcompact car. If the Spark was affordable as a new vehicle, then you can only imagine how inexpensive it is as a used model.
Reliability Rating: Above Average (4 out of 5)
#4 – The Used Chevy Camaro
As one of the most iconic vehicles on the market, the Chevy Camaro has become a household name. Many people have purchased a used Camaro, but does that mean that it’s a good used vehicle? In 2017, it was named as one of Car and Driver’s 10 Best Cars. In that same year, J.D. Power called it the “Most Dependable Midsize Sporty Car,” and it has earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA for every year since 2017. If you have been itching to get behind the wheel of your very own muscle car, now is the perfect time to buy a used Chevy Camaro.
Reliability Rating: Above Average (3.5 out of 5)
#5 – The Used Chevy Malibu
Are you looking for an affordable, used sedan? A pre-owned Chevy Malibu is a great option. In 2017, the IIHS rated the Malibu as a Top Safety Pick when equipped with the Driver Confidence package. Then next year, it earned the coveted 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA. As a spacious sedan that will serve you well, a used Malibu would make the perfect daily driver.
Reliability Rating: Above Average (4 out of 5)
#6 – The Used Chevy Equinox
If cars and hatchbacks aren’t your style, then you might want to look at a used Chevy Equinox. This compact crossover has earned quite a few awards over the years, including J.D. Power “Most Dependable Compact SUV” for three consecutive years. In 2018 and 2019, it earned the 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA as well. At this point, you may have noticed that the Chevy vehicles that have earned the highest safety rating are from 2018 and 2019. However, that doesn’t mean that you should cut out the other previous model years.
Reliability Rating: Above Average (3.5 out of 5)
#7 – The Used Chevy Traverse
With 98.2 cubic feet of maximum cargo space inside, a used Chevy Traverse is ideal for active families. It offers more space than any other mid-size SUV in its class. In 2018, U.S. News & World Report named the Traverse as the “Best 3-Row SUV for Families.” This model also earned a 5-star safety rating from the NHTSA.
Reliability Rating: Average (3 out of 5)
#8 – The Used Chevy Tahoe
As one of the most decorated vehicles in the Chevrolet family, the Tahoe is a top-rated SUV for families. It’s powerful, versatile, and loaded with the coolest features. In 2018 and 2019, Kelley Blue Book labeled it as the Best Resale Value for a Full-Size SUV/Crossover. In 2017 and 2018, they also gave it the title of one of the top 12 Best Family Cars. J.D. Power also recognized the 2017 Tahoe as the “Most Dependable Large SUV.” Finally, in 2018 and 2019, the Tahoe earned the Edmunds “Buyers Most Wanted Large SUV.” With available seating for up to eight people, you really can’t go wrong with a pre-owned Tahoe.
Reliability Rating: Above Average (3.5 out of 5)
#9 – The Used Chevy Silverado HD
If you are looking for a heavy-duty pickup truck, a used Chevy Silverado HD will do the trick. This mighty vehicle has earned several accolades over the years, including the J.D. Power “Most Dependable Large Heavy Duty Pickup” award in 2017. In 2019, Equipment Today gave it a spot on the Contractor’s Top 50 New Products list, and it also earned a place on the 2019 Kelley Blue Book Best Resale Value list.
Reliability Rating: Average (3 out of 5)
#10 – The Used Chevy Colorado 
For folks looking for a mid-size pickup truck, a used Chevy Colorado is a great choice. In 2017, it earned the title of Edmunds Most Wanted Midsize Truck. Since this model is so well-loved and relatively new, it can be difficult to find it on the used vehicle market. However, the experts here at Richard Lucas Chevy will be happy to help you locate one.
Reliability Rating: Above Average (4 out of 5)
Used Chevy Reliability
In general, Chevrolet has made a reputation for being a reliable brand. According to Repair Pal, the average repair costs for most Chevy models annually is about $649. That’s less than the average $652 for other brands. Also, the chances of you having to make an unexpected trip to a mechanic are fairly low. On average, unscheduled repairs for Chevy vehicles occur 0.28 times per year compared to the national average of 0.4 times per year.
Find a Used Chevrolet
As one of the best used car dealerships in the Avenel area, Richard Lucas Chevy is a great place to find a high-quality pre-owned vehicle. Although we specialize in Chevy models, we also have a vast selection of vehicles available from various other manufacturers. If you would like to schedule a test drive, get in touch with us today!
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