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7 Great Subcompact Cars Under $10,000 for 2019

If you just need basic, affordable transportation, it’s hard to beat a small car. Cars have grown over the years though, and in order to find a truly small car today, one must look to the subcompact segment. Subcompacts offer efficiency and simplicity, and many have more space inside than you probably think. To help you in your search for a cheap small car, we’ve compiled a list of seven of our favorite used subcompact cars available for $10,000 or less.

2009-2013 Honda Fit

2009-2013 Honda Fit

The Fit is only available as a hatchback and offers great cargo room and a fun driving experience. As a result of its desirability, not to mention the reputation behind the Honda name, buyers have to look back a few years to find a Fit that falls within our budget of $10,000 or less. While there are only around 100 2014-or-newer Fits listed for $10,000 or less, this number expands to close to 600 when you open your search to include second-generation models, which came out for the 2009 model year. No matter which generation you choose, a used Fit should offer you great reliability, good fuel economy, and a versatile, roomy interior. Find a Honda Fit for sale

2014-2018 Ford Fiesta

2014-2018 Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta was launched in the U.S. for the 2011 model year and, like many other vehicles on this list, is available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The Fiesta is often lauded for being fun to drive, and offers loads of cargo room when you opt for the hatchback. Ford face-lifted the Fiesta for 2014, giving it refreshed styling both inside and out. There are currently over 1,000 2014-2018 Fiestas listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less, some from as recently as the 2018 model year. Close to 500 of these are the hatchback model, while a few are even the high-performance ST model. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale

2016-2018 Scion iA

2016-2018 Scion iA/Toyota Yaris iA

The iA was originally offered as a Scion when it debuted for the 2016 model year. When Toyota opted to wind down the Scion brand after 2016, the iA was lumped in with the rest of the Toyota lineup, where it was rebadged the Yaris iA. Making this scenario even more convoluted is the fact that the iA is technically a rebadged Mazda2. Mazda wanted a way to offer the Mazda2 in the U.S. while still making a push to move upmarket as a brand, and Toyota needed a subcompact car, so the companies agreed to offer the Mazda2 in the U.S. badged as a Toyota. The iA is all Mazda on the inside, and offers great materials quality and fit and finish. While the Mazda2 is offered as a hatchback in other countries, only the sedan body style is sold here in the U.S. Power comes from a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder making 106 horsepower paired with either a manual or automatic transmission. As the iA is still fairly new, there aren’t a ton out there that have depreciated down to the $10,000 mark, but there are still over 130 to choose from on Autotrader that fit the bill. Find a Scion iA for sale or Find a Toyota Yaris iA for sale

2011-2018 Hyundai Accent

2011-2018 Hyundai Accent

The fourth-generation Hyundai Accent debuted for the 2011 model year and was sold through 2018. The lone powertrain option in the U.S. is a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder making 138 hp and 123 lb-ft of torque. Two body styles were offered: a 4-door sedan and a hatchback offering five doors if you count the rear hatch. Paired with the automatic transmission, the Accent returned roughly 26 miles per gallon in the city, 36 mpg on the highway and 30 mpg in combined driving. Well-equipped models can be had with a leather wrapped steering wheel, 4-wheel disc brakes, cruise control, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a sunroof. There are currently over 2,000 2011-2018 Accents listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less. Around 1,000 of which are the practical hatchback body style. Find a Hyundai Accent for sale

2012-2019 Chevrolet Sonic

2012-2019 Chevrolet Sonic

The Sonic is offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles, although we recommend the hatchback, not only for its added practicality, but for its sportier demeanor as well. Buyers browsing for practical, efficient subcompact cars will find a lot to love about the Sonic. When paired with the optional 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and 6-speed manual transmission, the Sonic can return up to 38 mpg on the highway. The Sonic also comes with standard 4G LTE connectivity, and a fun motorcycle-inspired gauge cluster. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 2012-2019 Sonics listed for around $10,000 or less, around 500 of which are the convenient hatchback model. Over 100 are also the updated 2017-or-newer model, which offers a standard 7-in infotainment screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Find a Chevrolet Sonic for sale

2014-2017 Kia Soul

2014-2017 Kia Soul

Make no mistake — the Soul is quirky. From its unorthodox front and rear fascias to its unique boxy styling to its odd "+" and "!" trim levels, the Soul makes an effort to stand out. That isn’t to say it isn’t a compelling vehicle without its quirks, and the Soul’s boxy proportions mean it offers just over 24 cu ft. of cargo volume behind its second row seat, or an impressive 61 cu ft. with the second row folded. The Soul was also sold in a variety of unique colors, like green, orange and the yellow shown above. The first generation Soul came out for 2010 and was sold through 2013 before being replaced with a new, second-generation model that was sold through the 2019 model year. There are currently around 600 Souls for sale on Autotrader from the 2014-2018 model years for around $10,000 or less. Step down to the first-gen model and your options are essentially endless. Find a Kia Soul for sale

2016-2019 Nissan Versa Note

2016-2019 Nissan Versa Note

Nissan’s subcompact Versa is sold in both sedan and hatchback forms. As usual, we recommend the hatchback not only for its increased practicality, but because it offers better proportions too, as the sedan wears a very trunk-heavy design with a large rear overhang. Either way, a new Versa is one of the least expensive cars on the market, with the sedan carrying a starting price of around $13,000, and the Note hatchback coming in at around $16,000. This means there are plenty of cheap Versas for buyers to choose from on the used market, and most sell for below $10,000. While the current generation Versa debuted back in 2014, buyers with a budget of $10,000 can afford a model from as new as 2018, and we recommend limiting your search to the 2016 to 2018 model years. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 1,000 2016-and-newer Versas listed for $10,000 or less, and over 300 are the practical, stylish hatchback body style. Find a Nissan Versa Note for sale

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