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Best Used Hatchbacks Under $5,000

Practicality takes priority when it comes to used hatchbacks. With a budget of $5,000 or less, it can seem daunting at first to shop for a sub-$5,000 hatchback, but the good news is that there are more choices out there than you might expect.

We’ve done some of the shopping for you. Now it’s your turn to figure out what used hatchback for under $5,000 suits your needs the best.

1. 2007 Ford Focus

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The 2007 Ford Focus may be available for under $5,000.

The European-style Ford Focus was a big seller across the pond, but most Americans bought the sedan. Those who shopped the hatchback found tidy dimensions and great utility, assets that a used Focus retains today. While these cars are now 15 years old, nice ones are still out there. See 2007 Ford Focus models for sale

2. 2012 Fiat 500

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The 2012 Fiat 500 may be available for under $5,000.

One of the best values in a used hatchback is also one of the smallest: The Fiat 500. This cheeky, retro-style hatchback delivers plenty of smiles per mile if you don’t need to maximize utility. Turbocharged versions offer more punch and may be available under $5,000 if you shop closely. See 2012 Fiat 500 models for sale

3. 2013 Kia Forte

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The 2013 Kia Forte may be available for under $5,000.

The relatively rare hatchback version of the Kia Forte has a spacious cargo area, plus it came standard with Bluetooth connectivity. Its 156-horsepower 4-cylinder engine provides plenty of power, and it works well with both the optional automatic and standard manual transmissions. See 2013 Kia Forte models for sale

4. 2010 Kia Soul

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The 2010 Kia Soul may be available for under $5,000.

It may have something closer to an SUV ride height, but the Kia Soul is definitely a hatchback when it comes to the way it drives. This front-wheel-drive model packs a lot of personality into its design and offers frugal 4-cylinder engines, plus a turbocharged option if you search hard enough. See 2010 Kia Soul models for sale

5. 2007 Mazda3

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The 2007 Mazda3 may be available for under $5,000.

Something like an MX-5 Miata with three more doors, the Mazda3 is the enthusiasts’ choice when it comes to a hatchback guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Punchy 4-cylinder engines, slick transmissions, and well-weighted steering make these cars a true joy to drive. See 2007 Mazda3 models for sale

6. 2006 Mazda6

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The 2006 Mazda6 Hatchback is available for under $5,000.

Yes, the mid-size Mazda6 came in a hatchback configuration — but you may not realize it at first. With nearly the same roofline as the Mazda6 sedan, the hatchback version has an enormous tailgate that opens to reveal more than double the available cargo space of the sedan. See 2006 Mazda6 models for sale

7. 2010 Nissan Versa

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The 2010 Nissan Versa is available for under $5,000.

The subcompact Versa delivers impressive fuel economy and more space inside than its tidy dimensions suggest. Nissan also offered some surprisingly upscale options on the Versa, such as a proximity key with push-button start. See 2010 Nissan Versa models for sale

8. 2008 Subaru Impreza

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The 2008 Subaru Impreza is available for under $5,000.

Standard all-wheel drive makes the Subaru Impreza a trusted companion in winter or inclement weather. These cars deliver stable handling and have a good reputation for safety, too. See 2008 Subaru Impreza models for sale

9. 2010 Volkswagen Golf

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The 2010 Volkswagen Golf is available on Autotrader.

VW’s Golf has an upscale feel inside and out with impressive amenities and attention to detail. Its 5-cylinder engine also provides more power than most sub-$5,000 hatchback models, making it a good choice for drivers seeking better acceleration. See 2010 Volkswagen Golf models for sale

10. 2008 Volvo C30

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The 2008 Volvo C30 is available for under $5,000.

You may have to settle for one with higher miles, but the turbocharged, upscale Volvo C30 is an appealing, unusual hatchback choice. Its 2-door configuration means it isn’t the most practical for families, but drivers who don’t need regular access to the rear seat will appreciate its turbocharged punch and its quirky style. See 2008 Volvo C30 models for sale

Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz
Andrew Ganz is an author specializing in helping in-market consumers get the most bang for their buck -- and the best car, while they're at it. When not virtually shopping for new and used cars, Andrew can probably be found under the hood of a vintage classic that's rapidly losing fluids.

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