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8 Good Used Toyotas Under $5,000 for 2019

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author photo by Chris O'Neill June 2019

When it comes to finding an inexpensive used car, there are a lot of duds out there. From vehicles with poor reliability, wonky electronics, rust issues and just plain worn out interiors, you may start to wonder if it's even possible to find a good used car on a tight budget. One automaker that tends to deviate from the norm with regard to longevity is Toyota, and to help in your search for an affordable, reliable used car, here we've listed eight good used Toyotas available for around $5,000.

2002-2006 Toyota Camry

2002-2006 Toyota Camry

The Camry spent a considerable amount of time atop the list of best-selling passenger cars in America over the past couple of decades, and it isn't hard to see why. Sure, it won't set the world on fire with its looks or performance, but the Camry offers good reliability, build quality, comfort, space and safety for its age. Both 4- and 6-cylinder engines were offered over the 2002 to 2006 model years. With room for five and a reasonably large trunk, a 2002-2006 Camry makes for excellent cheap transportation, and there are currently around 450 listed on Autotrader for $5,000 or less. Find a Toyota Camry for sale

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla

The compact Corolla is a smaller alternative to the midsize Camry, and like its larger sibling, has spent many years ranked among the top-selling sedans in America. Out of all of the $5,000 used Toyotas on this list, the Corolla probably offers the best mix of space and modernity. While there are a wide range of model years available for $5,000 or less, we recommend targeting an example from the 2009 to 2013 model years. The Corolla from these years returns 26 miles per gallon in the city and 34 mpg on the highway, which aren't exactly earth-shattering figures. It makes up for this, though, by offering good reliability (and parts are readily available if something does go wrong) and generous interior space. There are currently around 100 2009-2013 Corollas listed on Autotrader for $5,000 or less. Find one that's been well taken care of with fewer than 100 thousand miles on the odometer, and you'll have reliable transportation for years to come. Find a Toyota Corolla for sale

2008-2014 Toyota Yaris

2008-2014 Toyota Yaris

The Yaris isn't the most popular subcompact, but there's still a lot to like about it. Even with the basic 4-speed automatic transmission, the basic Yaris returns 30 mpg in the city and 36 on the highway. The Yaris also comes with a 6-speaker audio system with satellite and HD radio, along with Bluetooth and USB connectivity. Given its small size, the Yaris is highly portable, making it great for highly populated urban areas where space is tough to come by. There are currently around 100 Yaris models listed on Autotrader for around $5,000 or less, around half of which are the 3- or 5-door hatchback model. Find a Toyota Yaris for sale

2001-2005 Toyota RAV4

2001-2005 Toyota RAV4

The RAV4 has long been one of the most popular compact crossovers on the market. As a result, these vehicles tend to hold their value rather well, and you'll likely have to go all the way back to the RAV4's second-generation to find one in nice shape for around $5,000. The second-gen RAV4 was sold from 2001 to 2005. From 2001 to 2003, the RAV4 had a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine making 150 horsepower, while 2004 and 2005 models came with an upgraded 2.4-liter unit making 160 hp. The second-gen RAV4 offered good cargo room and, like the models that came before and after it, a spare tire mounted to the rear hatch, which was hinged at the side -- a unique design quirk. Still, with all-wheel drive and an efficient powertrain, the second-generation RAV4 was a segment leader, just like the current model is today. There are currently around 100 listed on Autotrader for $5,000 or less. Find a Toyota RAV4 for sale

1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma

1995-2004 Toyota Tacoma

The Tacoma has great resale value thanks to its strong reputation for reliability and as a result, it's tough to come by these things at a bargain. To find a sub-$5,000 Tacoma you'll likely have to look all the way back to the vehicle's first-generation, which was offered from 1995 to 2004. Single, extended, and crew-cab models were offered, and buyers had their choice of a 6-foot "long" bed, or a 5-foot, 5-inch "short" bed. Four-wheel drive was optional, as was a V6 engine that made 190 hp. There are currently only around 100 Tacomas listed on Autotrader for under $5,000. Find a Toyota Tacoma for sale

2004-2009 Toyota Prius

2004-2009 Toyota Prius

Chances are any reliable, affordable $5,000 used car you come across isn't going to be particularly sporty to begin with, so why not go for something that's extremely fuel efficient? The second-generation Prius, offered from the 2004 to 2009 model years, returned an impressive 48 mpg city/45 mpg highway, meaning that not only is it a bargain up front, but you'll spend less at the pump to keep it going as well. Additionally, the second-gen Prius offered an aux port along with optional Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera. As used Prius models can, on occasion, experience battery and powertrain issues, it's especially important to make sure any used Prius you're considering has had all recalls addressed. Taking it to an independent third-party Toyota mechanic for an inspection before purchasing is probably a good way to do this. There are currently 360 second-generation Prius models listed on Autotrader for around $5,000, giving you a variety of options to choose from. Find a Toyota Prius for sale

2004-2015 Scion xB

2004-2015 Scion xB

Toyota introduced the Scion brand as a marketing project in the early 2000s and wound it down just a few years ago. Each of the models offered by Scion were compact cars built by Toyota and sold as Toyotas in other markets, hence the reason we're including one on this list. The xB was arguably Scion's most famous model, thanks in large part to its blunt front fascia and upright, boxy proportions. The original xB was sold from 2004 to 2006, while the second-generation model -- which softened the design of the original - was on sale from 2008 through 2015. Both iterations came powered by an economical 4-cylinder engine and were offered in a variety of unique, funky colors like orange and teal. Altogether, there are over 150 Scion xBs listed on Autotrader for $5,000 or less. Find a Scion xB for sale

2004-2010 Toyota Sienna

2004-2010 Toyota Sienna

The second generation of Toyota's Sienna minivan was introduced for the 2004 model year and sold through 2010. Power came courtesy of a 3.3-liter V6 putting out between 215 and 266 hp depending on model year, and mated to a 5-speed automatic transmission. The main reason anybody buys a minivan is for carrying around people and things, and the second-gen Sienna offers plenty of room for both, with seating for up to eight people and a third row that folds out of the way into the rear load floor, leaving a flat rear cargo area capable of transporting items up to 4-foot wide by 8-foot long, like a piece of plywood, with the second row seat removed. There are currently close to 300 2004-2010 Toyota Siennas listed on Autotrader that would work for someone with a budget of $5,000. Find a Toyota Sienna for sale

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