For the most part once a car gets more than 8 years old or more than 100,000 mile it becomes more important of how the car was driven, serviced, and the crash history of the car is a bigger indicator of a good car than brand alone. You could have a 2005 Camry with 92,000 miles for $11,999. or a 2002 Ford Taurus with 114,000 miles for $3450 The poor Camry was abused and neglected. The engine is full of oil sludge, the transmission has never been serviced. The girl that had the car since new almost always floored the car at every stop light. They just pulled an overloaded u-haul trailer 1,200 miles and overheated the transmission and they had it serviced because it was acting weird and it did the odd shifting/slipping again so they traded it off. The Camry has muddy rusty antifreeze as well.
I have a 2000 RX 300. With 118000 miles. It runs great. Very few problems with it. However replacement parts are overpriced to the extreme. ie: the drivers side sun visor would fall partway down whenever I hit a bump. It can't be repaired, must be replaced. To the tune of $779.00 + labor!!! Also the passenger side electric door lock solenoid quit working. They want $558.00 to replace that. BUT the ride is FANTASTIC! I live in the Southwest, so I really like the fact I can remotely open all the windows and sun roof to let that summer 160 degree air out before I get in. Do have a qualified mechanic check it out before you seal the deal. Good luck.