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10 Great Used Cars Under $10,000 for 2019

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If you're in the market for an affordable used car, you've come to the right place. Here, we'll take a look at 10 of our favorite used cars available for budgets of $10,000 or less. The variety of options at the $10,000 price point means that finding a used car that fits your lifestyle may not be as difficult as you think. Each of these picks should come with a reasonably low cost of ownership, but a pre-purchase inspection is always a safe bet before signing on the dotted line.

2009-2013 Mazda3/Mazda3 Hatchback

2009-2013 Mazda3/Mazda3 Hatchback

Mazda has always been slightly above the competition with regard to interior quality and driving dynamics, and that makes a pre-owned Mazda3 a great used car purchase. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 2009-2013 Mazda3s listed for sale, close to 300 of which are of the hatchback variety. Some examples of the high-performance Mazdaspeed3 can even be had for under $10,000, and there are currently 37 of these 263 horsepower pocket rockets listed for sale.

Buyers willing to accept a car with a few miles on the odometer can look for an early example of the current-generation Mazda3, which started production in 2014. Right now, there are close to 150 2014-or-newer Mazda3s listed for sale on Autotrader. Find a Mazda3 for sale

2012-2018 Chevrolet Sonic

2012-2018 Chevrolet Sonic

The subcompact Chevrolet Sonic is sold in both sedan and hatchback forms, but we recommend the hatchback for its sportier appearance, not to mention that it's immensely more practical. Buyers looking for a 2012 to 2018 Sonic should expect to find a lot of good value, especially if you can find a 2017 or newer model that fits within our $10,000 budget, as these came standard with a 7-in touchscreen infotainment system offering both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, which should help the can feel new for years to come. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 2012-2018 Chevrolet Sonics listed for around $10,000 or less, close to 100 of which are the updated 2017 or newer model. Find a Chevrolet Sonic for sale

2011-2016 Hyundai Elantra

2011-2016 Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is a compact car offered in both sedan and coupe body styles. Hyundai offers an exceptional 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty. While this warranty won't be transferable to someone buying the car second-hand, if you buy a 2015 or newer model from the original owner with fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer, you can rest assured that any issues that might've arisen under their ownership would've been taken care of under warranty, which would increase the likelihood that you're getting a vehicle in like-new condition. While this shouldn't make or break your purchase decision, it's worth keeping in mind, and should contribute to your peace of mind should you choose to buy a used Elantra. The Elantra is also unique for offering a sporty coupe variant. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 2011-2016 Elantras listed for around $10,000 or less -- 184 of which are 2015-or-newer models with fewer than 60,000 miles on the odometer. Find a Hyundai Elantra for sale

2012-2016 Subaru Impreza

2012-2016 Subaru Impreza

The Impreza's best feature is its standard all-wheel drive system. Like many Subaru models, every Impreza offers AWD, from the top of the line trim, all the way down to the humble base model. This enables buyers with any budget to drive off in a new-to-them Impreza with the added confidence of having 4-wheel traction in the event of inclement weather, which draws a lot of people from mountainous, higher-elevation areas to the Impreza. But you don't need to live in Colorado to love this compact Subaru. The 2012-2016 Impreza was sold in both sedan and hatchback body styles, and makes use of one engine: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder putting out 148 hp and returning 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, which are impressive given the vehicle's full time AWD. Right now there are just over 150 2012-2016 Subaru Imprezas listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less, many of which are the practical hatchback model. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale

2011-2018 Ford Focus

2011-2018 Ford Focus

One of the most popular compact cars in America, the Ford Focus has been on sale in its current generation since the 2011 model year and received an update for the 2015 model year. Buyers looking to pick up a modern Focus for $10,000 or less have tons of options. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 2015 or newer Focus models listed for $10,000 or less, around 350 of which are of the practical hatchback variety. Buyers looking for some extra style can opt for the sporty SE model, which offers sporty elements like alloy wheels, along with nice-to-have features such as rear parking sensors. Find a Ford Focus for sale

2014-2017 Kia Soul

2014-2017 Kia Soul

The Soul has one of the quirkiest designs out of any new car on the market today, and its upright, boxy shape gives it immense practicality. Many buyers also love its upright driving position, which offers many of the benefits of an SUV, without the drawbacks with regard to efficiency and maneuverability. Perhaps surprisingly, there are over 600 2014-2017 Kia Souls listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less. When browsing, keep in mind the Soul's odd trim level names. "Base" is, well, the base model, "+" -pronounced "Plus"- is the middle trim, and "!," or "Exclaim" is the top of the line model. Quirky indeed. If you want the Soul's practicality but are on an even tighter budget, consider a first-generation model, sold from 2010 to 2013. Currently, there are over 1,000 listed on Autotrader that fit within our budget; many of which can be had for a lot less. Find a Kia Soul or sale

2009-2014 Volkswagen GTI

2009-2014 Volkswagen GTI

The sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI makes for one of the most fun-to-drive used cars on the market thanks to its potent 200-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, superb handling and small size. It's also extremely practical, thanks to its hatchback design, which was offered in both 2-door and 4-door body styles. The sixth-generation GTI offered two great transmission options as well: a traditional 6-speed manual or a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, which offers lighting quick shifts, paddle shifters and a launch control feature, which is designed to give the vehicle the fastest possible launch from a dead stop. VW reliability can be an issue sometimes, but the immense fun factor of the sixth-generation GTI cannot be denied. Nor can its low cost of entry. Right now there are around 200 2009-2014 Volkswagen GTIs listed on Autotrader for our budget of around $10,000. Find a Volkswagen GTI for sale

2006-2013 Lexus IS

2006-2013 Lexus IS

You might not have expected to see a Lexus on this list, but the second-generation IS 250 and IS 350 sport sedans are readily available for under $10,000, and there are currently over 400 such examples listed on Autotrader. The IS is a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan that competes with the likes of the BMW 3 Series, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Audi A4. The IS 250 is the more economical of the two and comes with a 2.5-liter V6 putting out 205 hp. Step up to the beefier IS 350 and you're looking at a bigger 3.5-liter V6 making 306 hp, which is good enough to get the IS 350 from 0-to-60 mph in around five seconds flat, which is seriously fast for a $10,000 car. On Autotrader, there are currently over 400 examples of the 2006-2013 Lexus IS to choose from for around $10,00 -- 66 of which are the potent IS 350. Unlike German competitors, used Lexus models have a great track record for reliability, making a used IS a smart move for anyone in the market for a rear-wheel drive sedan. Find a Lexus IS for sale

2008-2013 Honda Accord

2008-2013 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord has been one of the most dependable midsize sedans on the market for the past few decades now thanks to each new generation offering great design, good road manners and consistent reliability. As the midsize family SUV has grown in popularity in recent years, buyers are able to find a great deals on used midsize sedan, and this includes the Accord. A quick Autotrader search for 2008-2013 Honda Accords suitable for a budget of around $10,000 yields over 1,000 results. Of these, close to 500 are equipped with the Accord's available V6 engine. Additionally, the Honda Accord is one of few midsize sedans to offer a coupe variant into the 2010s, and there are currently 2008-2013 Accord Coupes listed on Autotrader. Find a Honda Accord for sale

2009-2013 Honda Fit

2009-2013 Honda Fit

Buyers love the Honda Fit for its efficient packaging and fun to drive nature. Additionally, it offers a surprisingly nice interior. The second-generation Fit was on sale in the U.S. from the 2009 model year through the 2013 model year, and buyers should be able to find one for around $10,000 or less with relative ease, and there are currently over 400 such examples listed on Autotrarder. Find a Honda Fit for sale

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