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10 Best Used Midsize Cars Under $10,000


The used car market has been haywire for a couple of years now, but things appear to be heading back toward normal, at least if this year’s crop of the best used midsize cars for less than $10,000 is any indication. Whether you’re looking for an AWD sedan with serious winter driving ability, a fuel-efficient highway commuter, or a car to get yourself and your family around town, there’s something for you on this list.

Here are 10 of the best used midsize cars you’ll find for less than $10,000 on Autotrader.

1. 2015 Chevrolet Malibu

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The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The 2015 Chevrolet Malibu is a solid family sedan with a quiet, comfortable cabin and good ride quality. The rear seat isn’t the biggest in the class, but the base engine manages 35 mpg highway, and the 2.0-liter turbocharged upgrade is rated for 259 horsepower. See 2015 Chevrolet Malibu models for sale 

2. 2015 Ford Fusion

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The 2015 Ford Fusion is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

Handsome and practical, the 2015 Ford Fusion is an intelligent midsize buy in any part of the country. Still, those that see winter weather will appreciate the available all-wheel drive on SE and higher models. See 2015 Ford Fusion models for sale

3. 2011 Honda Accord

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The 2010 Honda Insight is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The 2011 Honda Accord is tied for the oldest car on this list, and for a good reason — it holds its value. The style, performance, comfort, and features that made it a class leader when new still make it a great buy on the used market. It’s possible to find more recent examples for less than $10,000, but they’re very high-mileage cars. See 2011 Honda Accord models for sale

4. 2016 Hyundai Sonata

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The 2016 Hyundai Optima is the newest car on this list. While it may not have held its value as well as the Accord, that works out in your favor, fitting a newer car with more high-tech features, like available Android Auto and smart cruise control with stop-start below the $10,000 mark. See 2016 Hyundai Sonata models for sale

5. 2015 Kia Optima

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The 2015 Kia Optima is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

Like its cousin, the Sonata, the 2015 Kia Optima is feature-packed even in base form while being practical and comfortable. Keep an eye out for models equipped with Nappa leather and a panoramic moonroof for a touch of luxury. See 2015 Kia Optima models for sale

6. 2015 Mazda6

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The 2015 Mazda6 is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The 2015 Mazda Mazda6 is a stylish, sporty midsize sedan that brings as much fun to the table as it does practicality — that’s right, it’s also roomy and fuel-efficient. See 2015 Mazda6 models for sale

7. 2015 Nissan Altima

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The 2015 Nissan Altima is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The 2015 Nissan Altima is an underdog in this class but one you shouldn’t overlook. The comfortable, roomy cabin and base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine are rated at 38 mpg on the highway, perfect for those with a long-distance commute. See 2015 Nissan Altima models for sale

8. 2014 Subaru Legacy

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With winter looming for much of the country, the 2014 Subaru Legacy might be a wise choice, thanks to its standard AWD. Those concerned with safety should look for Premium and Limited models equipped with the EyeSight system. See 2014 Subaru Legacy models for sale

9. 2011 Toyota Camry

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The 2011 Toyota Camry is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The other oldest car on this list is the 2011 Toyota Camry. Like the Accord, it has held its value better than the rest of the segment precisely because it’s one of the best. Savvy shoppers should look for LE models, which get a power driver’s seat, keyless entry, and the option for the 268-horsepower V6 engine. See 2011 Toyota Camry models for sale

10. 2013 Volkswagen Passat

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The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is available for under $10,000 on Autotrader.

The 2013 Volkswagen Passat is roomy, comfortable, and well-equipped even in base form. For our $10,000 budget, the Passat 2.5 SE is likely the best bet, with durable leatherette seating, an available sunroof, and the more efficient 2.5-liter 5-cylinder engine, capable of up to 32 mpg highway. See 2013 Volkswagen Passat models for sale

10 Best Used Midsize Cars Under $10,000

  1. 2015 Chevrolet Malibu
  2. 2015 Ford Fusion
  3. 2011 Honda Accord
  4. 2016 Hyundai Sonata
  5. 2015 Kia Optima
  6. 2015 Mazda6
  7. 2015 Nissan Altima
  8. 2014 Subaru Legacy
  9. 2011 Toyota Camry
  10. 2013 Volkswagen Passat

Eric Brandt
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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