Buying a used car can save you big money. These days you can save thousands of dollars and still get reliability thanks to modern engineering. Let’s look at the 7 best used cars under $10,000.
Number 1: 2003 Acura TL (Estimated Price = $6,745)
This is a premium brand vehicle for a bargain. The 2003 is the third generation of the TL series. It boasts a strong 270 hp, 3.2 L 24 valve SOHC VTEC V6 engine. That’s a lot of motor for your money. A new Acura TL would cost you just over $39,000.
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Number 2: 2010 Hyundai Accent (Estimated Price = $6,432)
The accent is very practical and affordable – even at the gas pump. This estimated price shown is for the “Blue” edition of the Accent which is even more fuel efficient with up to 36 mpg on the highway. At this price you even get a sunroof.
Number 3: 2004 Mazda MAZDA3 (Estimated Price = 6,099)
This car is fun to drive. The 2.3 L engine packs plenty of punch. Handling is considered to be superb and the gas mileage is respectable at 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway.
Number 4: 2004 Chevrolet Impala (Estimated Price = $9,956)
This mid-sized sedan has plenty of room. It’s ideal for families and has a strong 3.8 L V6 that will merge you, your gang, and all their stuff quickly onto the highway. For an engine this size mileage is respectable at 19 mpg city/29 mpg highway.
Number 5: 2004 Ford Mustang GT (Estimated Price = 7,335)
Yes, you can still get plenty of muscle on a budget. The GT trim gives you a 260 hp V8 5-speed manual transmission to get you up to speed as fast as you like. Mustang enthusiast online forums quote the 2004’s 0 to 60 to be just over 5 seconds.
Number 6: 2005 Volvo S60 (Estimated Price $7,390)
You can have all the flair and reliability of this European brand for a bargain. With plenty of legroom, the S60 is nimble and quick even for its size. This Volvo brand is famous for its comfortable ride and durability.
Number 7: 2006 Toyota Prius (Estimated Price = $9,047)
The Prius’ 4 cylinder hybrid 1.5 L engine is ultra-efficient. Try 48 mpg in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. Handling and acceleration are respectable, although the cabin may not be as roomy as other cars. If you are looking for max fuel efficiency, however, you can’t go wrong with the Prius.
Inspect Before You Buy
These used cars are all great buys. Unfortunately, some owners don’t take good care of their vehicles. An experienced car inspector can give you a professional evaluation of any car to help make sure you get the best deal.
Published in CARCHEX Vehicle Inspection Resources by CARCHEX on November 11, 2014