Since starting my search for the perfect used car, I’ve noticed something. There are lots of really good cars that no one seems to acknowledge even exist. For example, the previous generation Fusion, either the SEL with the V6 or especially the Sport with the big 3.5L, are far better driving cars than they have any right to be. This is sort of compounded by the fact they cars we hail as awesome and perfect when they’re new are rolling, or in some cases non-rolling, money pits. Almost any late model BMW or Audi for example.

So categorically, what else flies under the radar but should be considered by the well-educated Jalop?

Try to break down your choices by body style or function. Sedans, sports cars, trucks, hatchbacks, etc.