Best Used Cars Under $10,000

Due to ever-rising standards in reliably, safety and engineering, the average lifecycle for all cars continues to increase. This is great news for the used car buyer with a limited pocketbook. And in order to help you with your search for a used car that offers reliability, style and safety – but at a price that you can afford – UsedCars.com has put together this list of the best used cars for under $10,000:

2006 – 2009 Kia Optima:

Too often, the Kia Optima gets overlooked because of an association with a lower price tag. However, if you are a used car buyer looking to find a car that is a virtual steal for less than $10,000, the Optima should be added to the top of your list. Not only have these cars been recognized for their reputation for reliability, but a roomy interior and sleek exterior styling adds a high-end appeal – just without that high-end price tag. 

  • Consumer Reports – 2007 Overall Test score: 75/100
  • NHTSA – 2007 Average crash rating: 4.75/5 .0
  • JD Power and Associates: 2009 Predicted reliability score: 4/5

 2006- 2007 Ford Fusion:

Making its debut to the car buying world in 2006, what the Ford Fusion set out to offer was a sophisticated driving experience that fell in the price range of the modern family-minded car buyer. And it’s this area where the Fusion continues to impress – even today. So if you are looking for a used car under $10,000 that offers enough room and comfort to meet your ever-evolving needs, not many other cars can match: 

  • Consumer Reports – 2010 Overall Test score: 84/100
  • NHTSA – 2006 Average crash rating: 4.25/5 .0
  • JD Power and Associates: 2006 Predicted reliability score: 4/5 

2005-2010: Nissan Versa: Available in a sedan or hatchback, what initially made the Nissan Versa so appealing was the sophisticated styling and engineering it offered, but at a moderate price. And now, just a little more than a half a decade later, the Versa continues to offer this same appeal. So when searching for that perfect combination of fuel economy, reliability, and spacious interior, you will be hard-pressed to find a better value: 

Test scores for the 2007 model year include:

  • Consumer Reports – Overall Test score: 64/100
  • NHTSA – Average crash rating: 4.25/5 .0
  • JD Power and Associates: Predicted reliability score: 2/5 

2002 – 2006 Audi A4: With average used car list prices hovering between $5,000 and $10,000, the Audi A4 is perfect for the luxury minded car buyer who doesn’t want to empty their bank account. With a handsome, well-finished cabin, sharp handling and turbocharged engine, this sophisticated sedan is capable of delivering luxury and comfort, while also placing a premium on acceleration and performance. 

  • Consumer Reports – 2002 Overall Test score: 75/100
  • NHTSA – 2002 Average crash rating: 4.1/5 .0
  • JD Power and Associates: 2006 Predicted reliability score: 4/5 

2001-2003 Mini Cooper: With its uniquely designed exterior and responsive handling, it’s easy to overlook the Mini Cooper’s reputation for reliability. What’s more is that with a light-weight design and five speed 121-horsepower engine, this fun and funky little compact car adds the appeal of performance: 

  • Consumer Reports – 2008 Overall Test score: 64/100
  • NHTSA – 2003 Average crash rating: 4.0/5 .0
  • JD Power and Associates: 2006 Predicted reliability score: 3/5

JD Power and Associates: 2006 Predicted reliability score: 3/