The Best Used Cars Priced Under $5,000


Shopping for a used car priced for under $5,000? Well then, here’s some good news for you: A limited bank account doesn’t mean that you have to settle for an inferior or unreliable used car. Thanks to an advancements in mechanical in body engineering, modern cars are built to last, with many older models lasting well over 100 and sometimes even 200 thousand miles.

Of course, it’s also important to note that not all used cars – especially those priced under $1,500, $2,500 or even $5,000 – are created equal. To help you with your search, has put together a list of a few of the best used cars priced for less than $5,000.

1998-2002 Honda Accord

cc_2008HON001a_320_WXWith a reputation for reliability and superior engineering, the Honda Accord has held its value surprisingly well. Unfortunately, it’s because of this reputation for quality that has made it difficult to find a low price on a newer used model.

The good news, however, is that older Accords, which boast many of the same great designs, features and engineering, continue to rank well in terms of reliability and safety.

Test scores for the 2002 model year include:
• Consumer Reports – Overall Test score: 69/100
• NHTSA – Average crash rating: 4.5/5 .0

View our inventory for the 2002 Honda Accord priced under $5,000 here.

1998-2002 Ford Ranger

cc_2008FRD017b_320_G9With used car prices often listed under $2,500, the Ford Ranger has continually proven to be a tough, capable truck, perfect for the car buyer who doesn’t want to sacrifice quality for price.

Thanks to the Ford Ranger’s ahead-of-its-time engineering and trim options, these used pickups are on par with many of today’s modern trucks.

Test scores for the 2002 model year include:
• NHTSA – Average crash rating: 3.8/5 .0

View our inventory for the Ford Ranger priced under $5,000 here.

1998-2003 Subaru Impreza

What makes the Subaru Impreza so appealing is that it offers a lot more than an impressive record of reliability.

This car’s large and innovatively-designed interior has helped make it become the ideal choice for the car buyer looking for practicality and affordability.

Test scores for the 2003 model year include:
• Consumer Reports – Overall Test score: 59/100
• NHTSA – Average crash rating: 4.1/5 .0

View our inventory for the Subaru Impreza priced under $5,000 here

1990-1997 Mazda Miata

Sporty and fun-to-drive, the first generation Miata (1990-1997) is often priced for less than $2,500. And, with an exterior styling reminiscent of the classic roadsters from the 1950s, this snazzy little convertible is a perfect choice for those who want to turn heads without emptying their bank accounts.

• Consumer Reports – 2010 Overall Test score: 89/100
• NHTSA – 2001 Average crash rating: 4.0/5 .0

View our inventory for the Mazda Miata priced under $5,000 here.

1990-2000 Acura Integra

Fun-to-drive and sporting a surprisingly powerful 142-horsepower 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, the Acura Integra is a great choice for the performance-minded used car buyer – even more than a decade since these vehicles last rolled off the assembly line. Adding to this sporty hatchback’s appeal is an asking price under $2,000:

Test scores for the 1996 model year include:
• NHTSA – Average crash rating: 3.5/5 .0

View our inventory for the Acura Integra priced under $5,000 here


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