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8 Best Used Fords Under $10,000

With a legacy going back more than a century, Ford is an iconic American brand that stands for quality, reliable transportation for the masses. A modest budget of $10,000 can go further than you might think with a used Ford model. Whether you’re looking for a car, truck, SUV or even a sports car, you might be surprised by how far a five-digit budget can go.

Here are eight of the best used Fords under $10,000 for 2020.

2012 Ford Edge

2011-2014 Ford Edge

The Ford Edge is a midsize 2-row SUV that emphasizes the “sport” in sport utility vehicle. It serves up a fun-to-drive character with an energetic lineup of engines and agile handling for an SUV. This Ford crossover is also good on gas, and it has an upscale interior that might surprise you for such an affordable used vehicle. The Edge got a nice facelift in 2011 that updated the styling and upgraded the performance across the board. Also, the MyFord Touch infotainment system became available starting that year. Find a Ford Edge for sale

2014 Ford Escape

2013-2016 Ford Escape

If you’re looking for a practical compact crossover for less than $10,000, a used Ford Escape should be on your shopping list. The Escape is all-new for 2020, but the previous generation that started in 2013 is an attractive buy on the used market for its roomy interior, good fuel economy and composed handling. It has one of the biggest cargo holds in its class, and we love the lively turbocharged engine options, which we recommend if you can find one in this price range. For a stylish commuter or a small family car, the Escape is a sensible choice. Find a Ford Escape for sale

2015 Ford Explorer

2011-2015 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a stalwart in family SUVs. The 2011 Explorer marked a big change for the nameplate, switching from a truck-like body-on-frame architecture to a more car-like unibody construction with front-wheel drive. The result is a more road-friendly SUV that is still quite capable off-road when equipped with four-wheel drive. You get a comfortable interior with three rows of seats, great safety scores and plenty of tech features that are still modern today. Starting in 2012, a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine became available that’s great on gas. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

2014 Ford F-150

2009-2014 Ford F-150

The bargain-priced Ford F-150 you should be shopping for if you’re looking for a good full-size truck for under $10,000 is the 12th-generation model that ran from 2009-2014. This capable truck got a fresh engine lineup in 2011 with a new V8, a new base V6 and the fantastic twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which delivers a great combination of performance and efficiency. No matter which engine you go with, the F-150 checks all of the boxes for truck shoppers with brawny styling, impressive capabilities and a more refined interior than you might expect. Find a Ford F-150 for sale

2015 Ford Focus

2015-2019 Ford Focus

Drivers looking for a solid compact car on a budget should consider the most recent version of the Ford Focus. Receiving a facelift in 2015, the Focus got sharper styling, a standard backup camera and more available options, including a heated steering wheel and some modern driver assistance tech. The Focus has athletic handling that makes it competitive with its fun-to-drive Japanese rivals plus one of the nicest interiors in its class. Available as a sedan or a hatchback with a wide variety of trims, there’s a used Focus out there for just about everyone in the market for a compact car. Find a Ford Focus for sale

2016 Ford Fusion

2013-2016 Ford Fusion

The Ford Fusion takes the fight to the top players in the ultra-competitive midsize sedan segment, and it delivers a one-two punch to some of the leaders in this class. With refined styling that still turns heads and a roomy, family-friendly interior, the Fusion is both practical and stylish. You get sporty handling and some muscular engine options plus available all-wheel drive, which is quite uncommon in this segment on the used market in this price range. Not only does this sedan have an affordable purchase price, but it has a proven record of low ownership costs, making it a great value. Find a Ford Fusion for sale

2014 Ford Mustang

2005-2014 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang to get in sub-$10,000 territory is the S197 generation that ran from the mid-2000s to the mid-2010s. This Mustang is a home run in the retro/modern aesthetics department, striking a great balance of old-school style and modern design. Most Mustang models you’ll find in this price range will be powered by a V6 engine, but if you’re lucky, you’ll find a muscular GT model with a strong V8 under the hood. The Mustang got a thorough styling update for 2010, and it got two new engines for 2011 with a stronger base V6 and the fantastic 5.0-liter Coyote V8 debuting in the GT model. Find a Ford Mustang for sale

2011 Ford Ranger

2006-2011 Ford Ranger

The F-150 isn’t your only pickup truck option when shopping for affordable used Fords. The last generation of the Ford Ranger before its American hiatus is a solid compact pickup that still has a lot to offer. With low operating costs and a straightforward design, the Range is a good work truck, especially with the strong available V6 engine, which isn’t hard to find in this price range. Keep in mind that there’s no crew cab option for this generation of the Ranger, so if you’re looking for a 4-door truck with a roomy back seat, we’d recommend upgrading to an F-150. Find a Ford Ranger for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More about Chris O'Neill

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