These days, used cars are more reliable than ever. Manufacturing standards and fuel economy have been a major focus over the past decade. Here’s our top ten favorite used cars under $10,000.
2006-2011 Cadillac DTS
This full-size luxury sedan has made a lot of top ten lists, so it might be a surprise to find it on a list like this one. Nevertheless, this 275-hp V8 with its feature-full and classy interior is one of those rare vehicles that manages to win awards from the showroom to resale. Coming in at just under $10,000, the DTS is what value looks like on four wheels.
2012 Mitsubishi Outlander
With it’s compact size and versatile interior, the 2012 Mitsubishi Outlander is a notably reliable small-sized SUV. It comes with a 5 year or 60,000mi bumper to bumper warranty. 23 mpg city and 28 highway make it a good place to start if you’re interested in efficiency.
2005-2010 Chrysler 300
Another surprise appearance on a list of affordable used cars, the well built, full-size Chrysler 300 is an icon. With a long list of luxurious and advanced features like auto-dimming mirrors, parking sensors and keyless ignition- this showboat has a lot to offer at a very nice price. If that’s not enough, then maybe the 359-hp Hemi V8 will convince you.
2010 Subaru Outback
Ideally sized for most families, the Outback is more efficient and smaller than a full sized SUV. It boasts a tasteful interior, a spacious cargo area and an all-weather capability that will appeal to SUV aficionados.
2007-2011 Honda CR-V
Reliable and practical with a smart looking exterior, this 3rd generation CR-V has consistently ranked near the top of JD Power’s Vehicle Dependability report. It is a champion of fuel efficiency with 20 mpg in the city and 28 highway.
2012 Hyundai Sonata
An alternative to the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord that stacks up nicely, the Sonata offers a lot of value for the price. It sports a freshly redesigned exterior, advanced audio controls, an impressive list of mobile device support jacks, and satellite radio. But most impressive is its many safety features like curtain-side airbags, traction control and anti-lock breaks.
2004-2006 Lexus RX 330
This Luxury SUV has a reputation for reliability that rivals the Toyota Camry. Its 223-hp V6 gets 19 mpg city and 25 on the highway. And what it lacks in roominess, it makes up for in high-end looks and low maintenance.
2007-2012 Mazda CX-9
This successful crossover is possibly the sportiest family SUV of its generation. With 3-row seating, a muscular V6 and a turn radius better than many smaller cars, it’s not surprising that the Mazda CX-9 holds up so well.
2012 Nissan Altima
This reliable offering from Nissan provides better driving performance than most mid-size sedans without sacrificing much in the way of practicality. Nissan has cleverly worked a great deal of storage space into the interior as well as a wide array of standard features.
2011 Toyota Camry
There’s a lot to be said about the most popular car in America. For over ten years, the Toyota Camry has been the best-selling car in the country. It’s reliable, family friendly, spacious and comfortable. It comes with a great selection of standard equipment and your choice of fuel efficient engines.