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10 Best Used Cars Under $6,000

A modest used car budget of $6,000 can go farther than you might think. There’s a wide range of cars, trucks, and SUVs at this price point that offer safety, reliability, and some modern amenities.

Here are 10 of the best used car you can find on Autotrader under $6,000.

1. 2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze
Get the Chevrolet Cruze for under $6,000.

The first-generation Chevy Cruze came out in 2011 as a serious competitor to more established compact sedan models. It has sharp styling and a more upscale interior than you might expect. The Cruze also has the reliability and great fuel economy you’d want from a compact. See Chevrolet Cruze models for sale

2. 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan

2009 Dodge Grand Caravan
Get the 2009 Dodge Grand Caravan for under $6,000.

The Dodge Grand Caravan has long been a value choice in minivans. Although it’s been discontinued, it’s still a good choice on the used market. Starting in 2009, the Grand Caravan came standard with Stow ‘n Go seating making it easy to fold the second- and third-row seats into the floor. See Dodge Grand Caravan for sale

3. 2008 Ford Ranger

2008 Ford Ranger
Get the 2008 Ford Ranger for under $6,000.

A used Ford Ranger is a good value in affordable, no-nonsense pickup trucks. The Ranger is a humble truck that’s practical for the daily commute, but it also has pretty good capabilities when equipped with the optional V6 engine, which we strongly recommend over the base 4-cylinder. See Ford Ranger models for sale

4. 2008 Honda Accord

2008 Honda Accord
Get the 2008 Honda Accord for under $6,000.

The Honda Accord has a well-earned reputation for safety and reliability, and that’s just the beginning of what makes it a great car. Available as a coupe or sedan, the Accord has a fun-to-drive factor that’s hard to match in this class without sacrificing practicality. See Honda Accord models for sale

5. 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe

2008 Hyundai Santa Fe
Get the 2008 Hyundai Santa Fe for under $6,000.

The Hyundai Santa Fe is a practical midsize SUV and it’s a great value both new and used. The 2008 model is a good one to shop for because it got excellent safety ratings when new, has a roomy and comfortable interior, and it’s very affordable. It’s even available with three rows of seats. See Hyundai Santa Fe models for sale

6. 2010 Kia Soul

2010 Kia Soul
Get the 2010 Kia Soul for under $6,000.

Whether you want to call it an SUV or a hatchback, the funky little Kia Soul is an excellent car. The boxy shape yields a very spacious interior for its size, plus it’s safe and fuel-efficient. Thanks to an impressive list of standard features, every used Kia Soul is a strong value. See Kia Soul models for sale

7. 2010 Mazda3

2010 Mazda3
Get the 2010 Mazda3 for under $6,000.

The sporty and stylish Mazda3 is something a little different in compact cars. Available as a sedan or a hatchback, the Mazda3 was redesigned for the 2010 model year. This model has a nice interior for its price point, plus good safety scores. It also boasts excellent performance that makes it fun to drive at any speed. See Mazda3 models for sale

8. 2008 Nissan Rogue

2008 Nissan Rogue
Get the 2008 Nissan Rogue for under $6,000.

The first-generation Nissan Rogue is one of the best bargains in used compact SUVs. The Rogue is quite roomy for its size making it good for families as long as you don’t need three rows of seats. The 2008 Rogue was affordable when new, which makes it easy to find at a low price on the used market. See Nissan Rogue models for sale

9. 2009 Subaru Forester

2009 Subaru Forester
Get the 2009 Subaru Forester for under $6,000.

The Subaru Forester seamlessly combines the practicality of a modern compact SUV with the quirkiness of the Subaru brand. Naturally, all-wheel drive comes standard on every trim which makes this a good choice if you live in a snowy climate. Other virtues include a roomy interior and great safety scores. See Subaru Forester models for sale

10. 2007 Toyota Prius

2007 Toyota Prius
Get the 2007 Toyota Prius for under $6,000.

If you’re looking for a really frugal option in this price range, a used Toyota Prius is a hard value to beat. Its fuel economy rating of 48 city/45 highway mpg means you won’t be spending much on gas, adding to its value proposition. On top of that, it has a proven reliability record and it’s spacious for a compact hatchback. See Toyota Prius models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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