30 Best Used Cars Under $10,000

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Solid Used Vehicles for Car Shoppers on a Budget

You’ll find a large selection of cars on the used market that cost less than $10,000. However, many of them are seven to 10 years old or more, although there are certainly exceptions. Within this massive pool of vehicles, many are probably not worth buying. Sure, you may get a good deal, but if the car wasn’t a top choice when it was new, it probably isn’t going to be a solid option as a used car.

If you’re going to invest in a used car, it’s important to make sure you’re getting one that’s highly rated. Of course, different vehicles receive positive reviews for different reasons. Some may be highly reliable, others are exceptionally safe, and others provide accommodating interiors or dynamic performance. The best cars offer a respectable combination of all these qualities.

We include all of the above factors in our scoring and ranking system. So, a car that scores highly will offer at least some – if not multiple – positive attributes. We’ve sifted through our rankings to determine which used vehicles under $10,000 have the highest overall U.S. News scores. 

Every used car on our list has a score of at least 8.8 out of 10. We’ve ranked the vehicles from good to best by their U.S. News score. However, since some vehicles have the same overall score, we’ve given the win to those with lower average transaction prices.

Navigate through the following pages for more details about the best used cars under $10,000. It’s important to note that used car prices vary for multiple reasons, so we use average transaction prices to give you an estimate of what to expect.

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