5 Best Used Compact Cars under $10,000
If you’re diving back into the used car market after a long while, you will be stunned to see the prices. As the prices of new cars have risen, so to have the prices of used cars. Still, finding a used car under $10,000 is relatively easy. What’s a struggle is finding a reliable used car which will not empty your bank account with even more expensive repairs.
Here, we have put together a list of cars that have perfect reliability scores. The rankings of our used cars for sale are based upon the consensus of car industry experts which take into account the quality, safety, predicted reliability, and the cost of the car.
Here are some of the best cars that you can buy with just $10,000 in your wallet.
2014 Chevrolet Malibu
Although you may not be the coolest kid on the block with this car, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is one of the safest, most reliable, and cost-effective used cars in the 2019 market. The car comes with a 4-cylinder version, and though the acceleration is not mind-blowing, the interior of the car is modern, beautiful and well-laid. More importantly, it is equipped with quality material and plenty of standard features like a satellite radio, 6-speaker Bose stereo, cruise control, and OnStar safety and security features. Some other equipment includes the 7-inch diagonal touch screen display, heated leather seats with 60/40 split-folding, and automatic climate control.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Malibu a Top Safety Pick, and it received a 4 out of 5 rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
2011 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord model has been one of the best selling brands of cars since its inception. The Japanese cars are considered to be very well-built, reliable, and offer a lot of value. Although the model is certainly several years old and you can get newer versions of other sedans for the same kind of money, what sets the 2011 Honda Accord apart from the competition is the reliability of this particular car.
For the sake of economy, we recommend sticking with the 4-cylinder engine version – although the more high-performance 271-horsepower V6 offers a lot more speed and fun. Some standard equipment includes cruise control, power locks and windows, and remote entry. The EX-L and SE versions also come with heated adjustable leather seats for the front. With routine maintenance, the 2011 Honda Accord will remain your companion for several years.
2006 Audi A4
Audi is the brand preferred by Iron Man. Although not as luxurious as the R8 Spyder, a used 2006 Audi A4 affords you the most lavished drive that you can get in less than $6,000. If this isn’t a bargain, what is?
Launched in 2005, the redesigned A4 sedans are larger versions of their predecessors with added performance, style, and luxury. The standard is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 200 horsepower although, for a bit more fun, you can use the 3.2-liter V6.
Some safety features that the A4 offers are front and side airbags, ABS brakes, child safety rear door locks, fog lamps, traction control, and stability control. Other standard features include keyless entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, power driver seat and adjustable leather front seats.
2013 Toyota Prius
Of course, our list for the best used cars for sale under $10000 would not be complete without a hybrid. The 2013 Toyota Prius is very economical and fuel-efficient as it manages 48 mpg in the city, which means you won’t have to spend a fortune on gas.
In terms of acceleration, the gas engine puts out 98 horsepower, and the electric motor puts out 80 horsepower; however, it is more than capable of fast acceleration as it zips onto the highway.
The standard features include keyless entry, a touchscreen, a 6-speaker stereo with a CD player, and a hybrid system display. However, there is a whole host of packages and luxury features available that raise the comfort and technology of the Prius.
Though there are some items made with cheap plastic, the interior is beautifully planned, and the overall look is quite futuristic. The 2013 Toyota Prius is easy to operate, reliable, and one of the most cost-effective vehicles in the used car market.
2009 Subaru Outback
If you are looking for a mid-sized vehicle that can travel virtually anywhere, the 2009 Subaru outback is the answer to your prayers. If you stick to the 2.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, it can provide you plenty of power within the price range. The Subaru’s 8.4 inch of ground clearance and its all-wheel-drive makes it very easy to get off the road.
The interior of the outback is laid out nicely and equipped with faux wood trim and aluminum accents. Although it does not have a third row, it does offer a lot of cargo space at 66 cubic feet. Some of its basic safety features include stability control, antilock brakes, and whiplash-blocking front head restraints.
The NHTSA gave it a 5-star rating for overall value.
The above list provides a nice blend of options from a range of manufacturers. All the vehicles on this list come with their own luxury and safety features. However, there are plenty of honorary mentions, too. Take a look at the 2014 Ford Focus Titanium, the 2007 BMW X5, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata, and the 2010 Mercedes-Benz GLK. All of these wonderful cars can be found at a great price at PA Auto Sales.