A $5,000 used car budget can go farther than you might think, especially if you’re shopping for a used Ford. Ford cars, trucks and SUVs have a strong reputation for value and reliability going back more than a century. No matter what you’re looking for in your next ride, there’s a good chance there’s a Ford model that’s just the right fit for your wants, your needs and your budget.
Here are some of the best used Fords you can find on Autotrader for less than $5,000 in 2020.
1. 2008-2012 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape is a good buy in used compact SUVs. The last of the boxy Escapes were sold up until the 2012 model year and they’re praiseworthy for their impressive fuel economy and rear-seat space, making it a good small family hauler. You can also get some nice modern tech features for an SUV at this price point like Bluetooth, satellite radio and even parallel park assist. The base 4-cylinder engine is efficient and delivers sufficient power, but upgrading to the optional V6 gives the Escape some more guts, making it better for towing. Find a Ford Escape for sale
2. 2002-2005 Ford Explorer
The Ford Explorer to get for less than $5,000 is the third-generation model from the mid-2000s. This was the first Explorer that rode on its own dedicated platform rather than just being an SUV version of the Ford Ranger pickup. Part of that change was the addition of 4-wheel independent suspension, which improved the comfort of the Explorer. It offered strong engines with a standard V6 and a muscular V8, giving it true truck-like capabilities in a midsize SUV with three rows of seats. The mechanically identical Mercury Mountaineer and Lincoln Aviator are also worth considering in this price range. Find a Ford Explorer for sale
3. 1997-2004 Ford F-150
If you’re looking for a solid full-size pickup truck on a budget, then the 10th-generation Ford F-150 is worth a look. This truck was a major step forward in Ford trucks with its streamlined body, all-new chassis and engines, and it was the first-ever full-size pickup available with four full-size doors from the factory. There’s a lot of variety in this truck’s model range. Whether you need a no-nonsense, single cab work truck or a family vehicle that can also do some towing and hauling, there’s a used F-150 for everyone looking for a budget-friendly pickup. Find a Ford F-150 for sale
4. 2011-2013 Ford Fiesta
One of the newest used Fords you can get for less than $5,000 is the Ford Fiesta subcompact. Available as a sedan or a hatchback, this little car is tons of fun with an engaging driving experience that is uncommon in this class. Fuel economy is excellent, safety scores are strong and the interior quality is a cut above what you might expect for a small, affordable car like this. The Fiesta is a great choice for drivers looking for a practical commuter with some personality and doesn’t need a ton of space. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale
5. 2006-2012 Ford Fusion
When the Ford Fusion first came out in 2006, it was a step forward for Ford in midsize sedans. With a delightful ride quality, a roomy interior and a stylish design inside and out, the Fusion is competitive with Japanese rivals of the same era that are more expensive on the used market. The Fusion even has available all-wheel drive, which was very uncommon for this class in the 2000s. With good fuel economy, strong safety scores and generous interior space, a used Fusion makes an excellent family car for drivers on a budget. Find a Ford Fusion for sale
6. 1994-2004 Ford Mustang
Not only is it possible to get a used Ford Mustang for less than $5,000, but you can get a pretty good one with that budget. The SN-95 generation of the Mustang has become an excellent value for bargain hunters looking for a fun and stylish coupe or convertible. After 15 years of the boxy Fox-body Mustang, 1994 marked the first major redesign of the iconic sports car in a long time. It got a major facelift in 1999 with the “New Edge” design language featuring bolder lines and sharper creases in the bodywork, but it was largely the same car underneath. Whether you get the base V6 or the stronger V8 in the Mustang GT, these cars are a blast to drive and they won’t break the bank. Find a Ford Mustang for sale
7. 1998-2010 Ford Ranger
There’s really no such thing as a true compact pickup truck anymore, with one of the last examples being the third-generation Ford Ranger before it went on its long hiatus in the U.S. The Ranger was a compact pickup that was actually compact, making it great for light towing and hauling that doesn’t require all of the girth of the full-size truck. If you’re shopping for a used Ranger, we recommend finding one with the strong optional V6 engine, which is much more capable than the base 4-cylinder. Low running costs contribute to making this truck a trusty, affordable workhorse. Find a Ford Ranger for sale