10 Best Used Cars Under $10,000

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Megan Foukes is a recent graduate from Indiana University who graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism. Megan works as a content writer for Auto Credit Express and contributes to several automotive and finance blogs.


, - March 26, 2019

Shopping for a used car can be both exciting and challenging. There are many used vehicles on the market, so which one do you pick that’s safe and cost-friendly? With some digging, we’ve come up with a list of the 10 best used cars under 10K.

The 10 Best Used Cars Under 10K

While the selling price is important to look at, the overall cost of a used vehicle is even more expensive when you add taxes, fees, and the monthly cost of insurance on top of it.

If you have bad credit and are on a tight budget, you may find it even more difficult to get approved for a car loan that falls within your price range. The good news is that there are many great used vehicles out there that can fit your needs.

Pulling from research by Kelley Blue Book and CarFax, these 10 vehicles stood out as being the best used cars for consumers on a tight budget (note: prices reflect the base trim and an average mileage of 100,000):

2011 Toyota Camry

  • Average price: $8,551
  • Fuel economy: 22/31/25 miles per gallon (city/highway/combined)
  • NHTSA safety rating: 4/5 stars

2013 Honda Civic Hybrid

  • Average price: $7,961
  • Fuel economy: 43/44/44 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: 5/5 stars

2011 Toyota Corolla

  • Average price: $7,947
  • Fuel economy: 26/34/29 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: 3/5 stars

2010 Subaru Outback

  • Average price: $8,401
  • Fuel economy: 22/29/24 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: Not rated

2011 Ford Fusion AWD

  • Average price: $7,064
  • Fuel economy: 18/25/20 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: 4/5 stars

2011 Honda Accord

  • Average price: $8,840
  • Fuel economy: 22/33/26 mpg
  • Safety rating: 5/5 stars

2010 Hyundai Sonata

  • Average price: $5,976
  • Fuel economy: 22/32/25 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: Not rated

2012 Mazda Mazda3 hatchback

  • Average price: $7,429
  • Fuel economy: 28/37/31 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: 4/5 stars

2010 Toyota Prius

  • Average price: $8,510
  • Fuel economy: 51/48/50 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: Not rated

2012 Subaru Legacy

  • Average price: $9,569
  • Fuel economy: 22/30/25 mpg
  • NHTSA safety rating: Not rated

Which Used Car is the Best?

Depending on your needs and wants, one used vehicle on this list may be a better fit than another. If you’re looking for a cheap used car with great fuel economy, your best options are the 2010 Toyota Prius and the 2013 Honda Civic hybrid sedan.

If price is your biggest concern, all are valid choices, but the cheapest here is the 2010 Hyundai Sonata. If you need a safe vehicle, the best choices are the 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid and the 2011 Honda Accord.

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Megan Foukes is a recent graduate from Indiana University who graduated with a bachelor’s in journalism. Megan works as a content writer for Auto Credit Express and contributes to several automotive and finance blogs.


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