Hatchbacks blend the driving dynamics and efficiency of a car with the cargo space and form factor of an SUV, making them hugely practical. They’re also typically priced below a comparable SUV, making them a great option for anyone needing efficient yet spacious transportation on a budget. Here we’ll outline seven great used hatchbacks readily available for anyone looking to spend around $10,000.
2009-2013 Mazda3 Hatchback
Thanks to its quality interior and fun-to-drive nature, the 2009-2013 Mazda3 hatchback is an excellent choice at around $10,000. Power came from a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder putting out either 148 or 167 horsepower, depending on trim level. Currently on Autotrader, there are over 300 2009-2013 Mazda3 hatchbacks listed for around $10,000 or less. Of these, 42 are even the performance-oriented Mazdaspeed3, which comes with a 263-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission, good enough for a 0-to-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds.
Alternatively, buyers willing to tolerate some extra miles on the odometer can look to an updated 2014-or-newer Mazda3 hatchback from the vehicle’s third generation, of which there are currently around 50 listed on Autotrader. Find a Mazda3 for sale
2009-2013 Honda Fit
The Honda Fit is another hatchback that offers good driving dynamics and a great interior. While most vehicles on this list fall into the compact segment, the Fit is classified as a subcompact. It isn’t as big as some of the alternatives, but it does achieve 30 miles per gallon combined from its small 1.5-liter 117 hp 4-cylinder engine, not to mention that it packs big practicality into a small car platform. Transmission options were a 5-speed manual or a 5-speed automatic. Right now on Autotrader there are almost 500 2009-2013 Honda Fits for sale for around $10,000. Additionally, there are over 80 2014-and-newer Fits listed from the vehicle’s third-generation as well. Find a Honda Fit for sale
2015-2018 Ford Focus
The current-generation Ford Focus, offered in both sedan and hatchback body styles, came out back in 2011 and was updated for 2015. If you’re hoping to pick up a modern Focus hatch for under $10,000, you’ve got plenty of options, with over 300 2015-and-newer options listed on Autotrader that would fit the bill. The Focus is available with a variety of fuel-efficient engines. SEL models offer dual-zone climate control and a sunroof, while the Titanium trim comes with Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, which is quick and easy to use. Additional features of the Titanium trim include available rear parking sensors and alloy wheels. Find a Ford Focus for sale
2010-2014 Volkswagen GTI
The sixth-generation Volkswagen GTI was sold from the 2010 to 2014 model years and in that time, it was one of the best new-car performance values on the market, thanks in part to its exceptional handling and potent 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, which put out a healthy 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. Two- and 4-door body styles were offered, as were two transmission choices: a smooth-shifting 6-speed manual and a lightning quick 6-speed dual-clutch automatic that VW refers to as the "DSG," or "direct-shift gearbox." While it doesn’t have a clutch pedal, the DSG comes with paddle shifters and a clever launch control feature that, when activated, modulates power output for optimal traction on stoplight launches. Right now on Autotrader, there are around 200 2010-2014 GTIs listed for around $10,000, around 80 of which come with a manual transmission, while 120 have the DSG. Find a Volkswagen GTI for sale
2014-2017 Kia Soul
Thanks to its unique, boxy design that makes it one of the quirkiest looking vehicles on sale today, the Kia Soul offers immense practicality. The Soul blends the upright driving position of an SUV with the efficiency, maneuverability, and size of a compact car. Right now on Autotrader there are over 650 2014-2017 Kia Souls listed for about $10,000 or less. The Soul is offered in odd trim levels like the mid-level "+" and top of the line "!" model. If you’re interested in the Soul’s practicality, but looking to save even more, consider a 2010 to 2013 Soul from the model’s first-generation. There are currently over 1,000 listed on Autotrader for under $10,000. Find a Kia Soul for sale
2012-2016 Subaru Impreza
Buyers looking for a used Subaru Impreza are likely interested in one thing in particular; Subaru’s standard all-wheel drive, which is offered on every Impreza regardless of trim level or body style. The Impreza sold from 2012-2016 came with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 148 hp. This is good for fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, very impressive for an AWD vehicle. There are currently close to 150 2012-2016 Subaru Impreza listed on Autotrader for around $10,000 or less, and around 80 are hatchbacks. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale
2017-2018 Chevrolet Sonic
The newest of all the used hatchbacks on this list, the subcompact Chevrolet Sonic came out back in 2012 and was updated for 2017. While the update didn’t do much to change the Sonic, it did add one thing that you won’t find in any other vehicle at the $10,000 price point: a standard 7-in infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. These systems allow you to connect your iPhone or Android device to the vehicle and use mobile apps like Spotify and Google Maps through the car’s infotainment system, rather than relying on the manufacturer’s own apps, which aren’t connected to the internet, don’t update automatically, and tend to become dated after a few years. As a result, a cheap 2017-or-newer Chevrolet Sonic is a great used car purchase. Right now on Autotrader, there are only a handful of 2017 and 2018 Sonic hatchbacks listed for around $10,000, but expect this number to go up in the coming months as more and more enter the used car market. If you’re willing to open up your search to non-hatchback examples, there are over 100 2017-and-newer Sonic sedans to choose from for under $10k, all of which will come standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Find a Chevrolet Sonic for sale