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10 Best Used Hatchbacks Under $8,000

A used hatchback can make for affordable everyday transportation for a wide range of drivers. If you’re looking for efficiency and practicality, a hatchback could have just what you’re looking for. Here are 10 of the best used hatchbacks you can find on Autotrader for under $8,000.

1. 2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius

Say what you want about the styling; the Toyota Prius is the king of practical hatchbacks. Its outstanding fuel economy of 51 city/48 highway mpg is just the beginning of what makes it a great buy. The Prius is also safe, reliable, and has a surprising amount of interior space for a compact hatchback. 2010 was the first model year for the third-generation Prius, making it a great year to begin your search. Find a Toyota Prius for sale

2. 2012 Mazda3

2012 Mazda3

The Mazda3 has a youthful attitude and an athletic driving character that makes it a fun choice in used hatchbacks. Handling is quite agile, making it enjoyable from behind the wheel at any speed. It also has an attractive interior that we think is aging quite well. 2012 was the first year the efficient Skyactiv engine became available, which is capable of hitting 40 mpg on the highway. Find a Mazda3 for sale

3. 2012 Honda Fit

2012 Honda Fit

The Honda Fit is simply a masterpiece when it comes to packaging. Ever since it came out, the Fit has had a reputation for having an incredible amount of interior space for a subcompact hatchback. The 2012 model is one of the later versions of the second generation of the car. Navigation and Bluetooth become available for 2012, which further adds to the car’s value on top of the great fuel economy and its fun-to-drive nature. Find a Honda Fit for sale

4. 2012 Scion xB

2012 Scion xB

The Scion xB is an undeniably funky hatchback that still doesn’t look quite like anything else on the road. Don’t let the fact that the Scion brand is no more discourage you; this is really a Toyota. The boxy xB has a roomy interior thanks to its space-efficient shape, especially in the cargo area. It has a smooth and pleasant ride and an efficient engine, making it a well-rounded hatchback. Find a Scion xB for sale

5. 2013 Kia Soul

The Kia Soul is an easy recommendation for used hatchbacks. This charming little box does just about everything well with a roomy interior, easy driveability, and straightforward controls. The Soul has a long list of available features, and 2013 was the first year for standard Bluetooth. For a practical compact hatchback that stands out from the crowd, the funky Kia Soul is a great option. Find a Kia Soul for sale

6. 2012 Toyota Matrix

The Toyota Matrix was a bit quirky when it was new, but was a bit ahead of its time. In its day, it was one of the only compact hatchbacks available with all-wheel drive, which has become an increasingly popular feature since then. The Matrix also benefits from a spacious cargo area, helping to add to this car’s versatility. There are two engines available under the hood, and we recommend the more powerful 2.4-liter option, which was the only one available with AWD. Find a Toyota Matrix for sale

7. 2010 Honda Accord Crosstour

This one kind of straddles the line between wagon and hatchback, but whatever you want to call it, it’s a great value. This family hauler is the largest car on this list since it’s based on a midsize car rather than more mainstream hatchbacks, which are mostly classified as compact or subcompact. You get great legroom in both rows, a strong safety score, and available all-wheel drive making this an interesting alternative to a more traditional crossover. Find a Honda Crosstour for sale

8. 2010 Pontiac Vibe


The Pontiac Vibe is the mechanical twin of the aforementioned Toyota Matrix. The main difference is in the styling, but other than that, these cars are pretty much the same. The Vibe has available all-wheel drive, and for enthusiasts, we recommend the sporty GT trim for its sport-tuned suspension and stylish 18-inch wheels. The cargo area in the Vibe is quite large, especially with the rear seats folded down. Find a Pontiac Vibe for sale

9. 2016 Nissan Versa Note

2016 Nissan Versa Note

As the newest car on this list, the Nissan Versa Note is a modern subcompact hatchback at a very affordable price point. You won’t win any drag races with a Versa, but you’ll get excellent fuel economy if you opt for the CVT automatic transmission. The lower trims are sparsely appointed, but if you upgrade to the SV trim or higher, you get a 5-inch color screen with a backup camera, power windows, power door locks with remote keyless entry, and more. Find a Nissan Versa Note for sale

10. 2012 Toyota Prius c

If you like the idea of the Prius, but want something a little more city-friendly, then the subcompact Toyota Prius c is perfect. Smaller and more agile, the Prius c has the outstanding fuel economy that its name suggests, precisely 53 city/46 highway mpg. If you need a car to drive around town, trips to the gas station will be quite rare in the Prius c. While we wouldn’t call it fast, the agile Prius c has a bit more of a fun-to-drive factor than its big brother. Find a Toyota Prius c for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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