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10 Best Used Midsize Cars Under $10,000


Even though used car prices have gone up recently, you can still find a good used car with a 4-digit price tag. With a modest budget of $10,000, you can drive a pretty modern midsize sedan that’s safe, practical, and reliable. Some cars on this list are even pretty fun to drive.

Here are the 10 best used midsize cars you can find on Autotrader under $10,000.

1. 2013 Chevrolet Malibu

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Buyers can find the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The Chevy Malibu was fully redesigned in 2013, making it a good model year to begin your search. The new generation introduced an efficient Malibu Eco model, plus a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. The Malibu also boasts a strong record for safety and reliability. See 2013 Chevrolet Malibu models for sale 

2. 2013 Ford Fusion

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Buyers can find the 2013 Ford Fusion for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

It’s becoming more common to see third-generation Ford Fusions under the $10,000 mark on the used market. This sedan has sharp styling that’s aging well, plus a roomy, comfortable interior and surprisingly sporty driving dynamics. See 2013 Ford Fusion models for sale

3. 2011 Honda Accord

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Buyers can find the 2011 Honda Accord for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

Available as a sedan or coupe, the Honda Accord lives up to its reputation of safety, reliability, and practicality. The sedan is a roomy family car, and the coupe is a sportier option. You also get a wide selection of powertrain options, including a brawny V6 and a manual transmission. See 2011 Honda Accord models for sale

4. 2012 Hyundai Sonata

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Buyers can find the 2012 Hyundai Sonata for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The Hyundai Sonata is an appealing alternative to its more popular Japanese rivals. It’s a practical sedan thanks to its good fuel economy and big trunk. In addition, it has impressive standard tech features for its age, like a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. See 2012 Hyundai Sonata models for sale

5. 2011 Kia Optima

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Buyers can find the 2011 Kia Optima for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The stylish Kia Optima is a head-turner and an excellent value in used midsize cars. It was redesigned for 2011 with a new look, a roomy and upscale cabin, and a generous list of standard features. Safety and fuel efficiency are other strong suits of the Optima. See 2011 Kia Optima models for sale

6. 2012 Mazda6

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Buyers can find the 2012 Mazda6 for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The Mazda6 is one of the most athletic choices in practical midsize family sedans. Its sporty driving dynamics make it rewarding to drive, especially with the available V6 engine. This Mazda is also attractive inside and out and has pretty good interior space. See 2012 Mazda6 models for sale

7. 2013 Nissan Altima

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Buyers can find the 2013 Nissan Altima for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The Nissan Altima was one of the last non-luxury midsize cars available as a sedan or coupe. The sedan was redesigned in 2013 with a new look, new features, and excellent safety scores. All Altima models have agile handling and super comfortable front seats. See 2013 Nissan Altima models for sale

8. 2013 Subaru Legacy

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Buyers can find the 2013 Subaru Legacy for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The main selling point of the Subaru Legacy is standard all-wheel drive on every trim. That makes the Legacy an excellent choice for drivers in snowy climates who need a practical sedan. EyeSight safety tech features became available in the Legacy starting in 2013. See 2013 Subaru Legacy models for sale

9. 2013 Suzuki Kizashi

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The 2013 Suzuki Kizashi can be found for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

You may have never even heard of the Suzuki Kizashi, but it was a competitive midsize sedan in its day. It’s a nice-looking car with a pleasant ride and a shockingly upscale cabin for a Suzuki. It’s also available with all-wheel drive. See 2013 Suzuki Kizashi models for sale

10. 2011 Toyota Camry

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Buyers can find the 2011 Toyota Camry for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The Toyota Camry is one of the most popular midsize sedans for good reasons. It comes with the safety and reliability ratings you’d expect, plus good fuel economy and a roomy interior. Simply put, a used Camry is one of the most practical cars you can buy. See 2011 Toyota Camry models for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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