5 Best Used Cars Under $10k

By on January 29, 2015

Used cars these days are more reliable than ever. With cars having the capacity to last much longer than they used to be able to, you can oftentimes find great deals on used cars that still have plenty of life left in them.

Obviously, your needs from a car are going to vary depending on a wide range of factors, but the five cars on this list are very cheap – all are available for under $10,000, according to Kelley Blue Book’s suggested prices – and are known for reliability, even after years of use.

When buying a used car, you still need to do your homework, and make sure that the particular vehicle you’re considering is in good shape. However, these five cars have proven time and time again to have some of the best value of any used vehicles.

#5: 2006 Mazda 3


  • KBB Retail Value: $6,000
  • Fuel Economy: 23 mpg city / 31 mpg highway
  • Engine: 4 cylinder, 2.0 liter

One of the most reliable cars on the road for years, the Mazda 3 has the efficiency of Japanese engineering, with good fuel economy, solid power, and excellent handling. Plus, the Mazda 3 is a fun car to drive, letting you breeze around turns while feeling in total control.

The 2006 Mazda 3, even almost a decade later, is pretty sleek and stylish, too. But perhaps most importantly, there are numerous reports of Mazda 3s running efficiently well into the 200,000-mile-plus range, with very minimal issues.

Even if you buy a Mazda 3 with 150k miles on it, you can probably expect many more good years out of this excellent sedan. For a price around $6,000, it’s definitely a worthwhile investment.

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