Search Cars for Sale

6 Good City Cars Under $10,000 for 2019

If you live in a densely-populated urban area, you may find yourself in search of transportation of the simplest, cheapest and smallest variety. In the city, parking spots are tight, the need for lots of utility is slim and the likelihood of dings and dents is high. This warrants a small, cheap, reliable car that can get you from point A to point B without a lot of fanfare. As sustained low gas prices have resulted in Americans falling in love with SUVs, there are many great deals to be had on vehicles that fall into the subcompact segment. Here we’ll go over some of the smallest, most economical city cars that you can buy for around $10,000 or less.

2014-2018 Ford Fiesta

2014-2018 Ford Fiesta

The current-generation Ford Fiesta was launched in the United States as a 2011 model and offers both sedan and four-door hatchback body styles. Reviewers consistently call the Fiesta a smart, fun-to-drive subcompact with ample cargo space from the hatchback body style. The Fiesta received an update for the 2014 model year with refreshed styling inside and out. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 Fiestas listed from 2014 to as recently as the 2018 model year for $10,000 or less. Close to 500 are of the hatchback variety, which we recommend. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale

2012-2015 Scion iQ

2012-2015 Scion iQ

As far as city cars go, its doesn’t get any smaller than the Scion iQ. The Scion iQ was sold in the U.S. from just the 2012 to 2015 model years, and it wasn’t a huge success, given its small size. Still, the name of the game with the iQ is space efficiency, and it makes the most of its small footprint thanks to clever packaging. Four people can fit inside when necessary, which is impressive given the vehicle is only 120.1 inches long. The diminutive iQ is powered by a 1.3-liter 4-cylinder putting out a paltry 97 horsepower and mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Fuel economy is just okay for a vehicle of this size, and the iQ returns around 37 miles per gallon in combined driving. Needless to say, the iQ has some shortcomings, but this has resulted in some good depreciation over the years, and just about every used iQ sells for under $10,000 … if you can find one. Of the 57 iQs currently listed on Autotrader, 52 of them come in at $10,000 or less. Find a Scion iQ for sale

2016-2018 Chevrolet Spark

2016-2018 Chevrolet Spark

The Spark went on sale for the 2013 model year as part of a small car trend that swept the U.S. in the early 2010s. A second-generation was launched for the 2016 model year with attractive, updated styling that serves to make the vehicle look larger than it really is. Right now, there are close to 600 of these 2016-or-newer second-gen Chevrolet Sparks listed on Autotrader for $10,000 or less — over 300 of these are brand new 2019 models. For your money, the Spark offers a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 98 hp, good for 33 mpg combined. Additionally, the Spark’s newness means it can be had with such features as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, along with low-speed autonomous emergency braking. With great tech, room for four and a convenient hatchback design, the Spark offers a lot in a small package for under $10k. Find a Chevrolet Spark for sale

2011-2018 Fiat 500

2011-2018 Fiat 500

The Fiat 500 went on sale here in the U.S. in 2011 as a small, economical city car and marked the return of the Fiat brand to the United States. The 500 measures only 140 inches in length and offers room for four people. Since a brand new 2019 Fiat 500 starts at $16,500, it isn’t difficult to find a used example for well under $10,000, and there are currently 874 listed on Autotrader that fit within our budget. Of these 874, 86 are convertible "Cabrio" models, 82 are of the fun-to-drive, performance-oriented "Abarth" variety and a whopping 131 are the fully-electric 500e model. Needless to say, there’s a cheap Fiat 500 out there for just about anyone. Find a Fiat 500 for sale

2011-2014 Mazda 2

2011-2014 Mazda 2

Mazda has long been known for offering great quality and design, making for vehicles that offer excellent overall value. From 2011 to 2014, Mazda got in on the subcompact city car action by offering the 4-door, 5-passenger Mazda2 here in the U.S. The subcompact Mazda2 is powered by a 100-hp 1.5-liter 4-cylinder mated to either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic. Like Mazda’s other products, the Mazda2 offers superior driving dynamics when compared to the competition, while also achieving 34 mpg in combined driving. Right now there are around 150 2011-2014 Mazda2s listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less. Find a Mazda2 for sale

2009-2017 Honda Fit

2009-2017 Honda Fit

The Fit is a subcompact car offered as a 4-door hatchback with room for five passengers. Honda’s smallest vehicle, the Fit is often praised for being fun to drive thanks to good suspension tuning, practical given its hatchback body style and efficient thanks to its small 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine that returns over 30 miles per gallon in both city and highway driving. A third generation Fit was launched in 2016 and offers a cool feature that Honda refers to as "Magic Seats," which sees the second row seats recline and the front passenger seat be folded to accommodate long items, or be used as a foot rest for second row passengers. Currently, there are close to 100 2016 or newer Honda Fits listed on Autotrader for around $10,000. Step back to a second-generation model, sold from 2009 through 2014, and buyers have over 400 to choose from on Autotrader for $10,000 or less. Find a Honda Fit for sale

Where You Can Buy

Loading dealers...

Ford Fiesta News & Reviews

Most Popular Articles

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Look

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid jumps to the head of the hybrid class.

How to Disinfect Your Car During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus can live as long as three days on the surfaces in a car. Here is how to kill it safely and effectively.

How Much Money Should You Put Down on a Car?

Determining the right down payment for a new- or used-car loan or a new-car lease depends on more than just the buyer's finances.

Research by Style

More Articles Like This