Top 10 Used Cars Under $10k

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Would you be surprised to learn that you can buy a high-quality, late-model, used car for under $10,000? With new-car depreciation being what it is, why would anyone choose to pay more than double this amount for basically the same vehicle? Automakers offer financing incentives, rebates, and great lease deals but on the bottom line you lose money by purchasing a new vehicle. So, if you could find a reliable, late-model used car for less than ten grand would you be interested? By utilizing used car websites, such as, you can find great deals on the most popular used cars for under $10                                                                                                                  big-ones.


10. 1999 through 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Pickup

2007 Chevrolet 1500 Silverado
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

There are many pickup trucks out there for less than $10k, but none that have the ride comfort and driving pleasure of the Silverado. The many diverse engine, transmission, and suspension configurations offered for the Silverado ensure that you can find one to meet your specific needs. These trucks are powerful, durable, and dependable but what makes them affordable is that they are also plentiful. They are one of the better looking trucks on the market, too.

9. 2002 through 2006 Acura RSX

Equipped with the Honda 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, the RSX is economical enough for everyday driving and peppy enough to cut loose on the weekend. This affordable coupe is available with a variety of transmission options (both manual and automatic), as well as your choice of leather or cloth upholstery. The convenient hatch-back feature yields added cargo space and its sporty appearance is a real eye-catcher.

8. 2003 through 2011 Ford Crown Victoria

Ford Crown Vic
2011 Ford Crown Victoria

Produced until 2007 as a family sedan, the Crown Victoria remains a popular used car through various fleet programs. If the bells and whistles are more your cup of tea, then you might also consider the Mercury Grand Marquis sedan, which is the same car with all of the luxurious trappings of a Lincoln. Although equipped with a powerful V8 engine, the Crown Victoria still achieves reasonably good fuel efficiency ratings that average 15 mpg city/25 mpg highway.

7. 2001 through 2007 Ford Escape

This compact, four-door SUV has taken consumers by storm, allowing the used car market to offer an abundance of possibilities. This popular used vehicle is powered by a four or six-cylinder engine, available in either front or four-wheel drive, with a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Four trim packages take the Escape from basic grocery-getter to mildly plush, including the XLS, XLT, XLT Sport, and Limited.

6. 2004 through 2006 Toyota Sienna

Toyota Sienna
2006 Toyota Sienna

The Sienna is a winning combination of top-tier mini-van with the rugged reliability of a Toyota. It is available with seven or eight passenger seating configurations, in a diverse choice of trim levels, from basic to frivolous. A 3.3-liter V6 engine and five-speed automatic transmission are the only powertrain options, with front or all-wheel drivetrains. The Sienna is reliable and spacious enough to handle family chores, while being stylish enough to take to the opera.

5. 2007 through 2012 Nissan Versa

If you are looking for a late model sedan for under ten-grand, then you have found it. You can find a 2012 model, nicely equipped with a 1.6-liter engine and a choice of two transmission options. The first is a five-speed manual, the second is a continuously variable transmission (CVT) which features no set gear ratios or shift patterns, but instead adapts to the situation. It is operated just like an automatic transmission and the Versa gets 30 mpg city/ 38 mpg highway, on average.

4. 2001 through 2005 Toyota RAV4


This compact four-door SUV offers the power and cargo space of a full-sized SUV with the driving feel of a car. Powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 161hp and averages 21 mpg city/27 mpg highway, it is available with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission and can be found with front or all-wheel drivetrain. The RAV4 features ample interior space with comfortable seating and all of the available amenities.

3. 2003 through 2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan

infiniti g35
2006 Infiniti G35 Sedan

The G35 has the prodigious distinction of appearing to be much more expensive than it really is. That is great for used car shoppers. With stunning, sleek lines and a supple interior the G35 offers one of the best values on the used car market for under $10k. It can be found with your choice of either a manual or automatic transmission and it is equipped with a more than capable 3.5-liter V6 engine.

2. 2001 through 2005 Honda Civic

Again, this car’s success in the new car market is a boon to the used car market. With a thrifty, yet peppy, four-cylinder engine and three choices for transmission, what’s not to like? The Honda reputation for reliability is well known and this car is fun to drive, gets excellent fuel mileage, on average (27 mpg city/34 mpg highway), and looks great doing it. Sedan and coupe models are easily obtainable for this price and trim levels range from basic to brilliant.

1. 2003 through 2008 Toyota Corolla

toyota corolla
2008 Toyota Corolla

Oh, what a feeling! The Corolla has been around for many years, but the late-models are more powerful, efficient, and beautiful than ever; not to mention sporty.  Equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and available with your choice of four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmissions, the Corolla averages a fuel efficiency rating of 26 mpg city/35 mpg highway. This ultra-popular sedan is available in three trim levels.


S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.