If you’re looking for a decent set of wheels to haul the family or your gear, there’s no need to break the bank, as you can see in our list of 10 Best Used Cars Under $10,000. These budget-friendly rides have a little something for everyone, from quirky styling to gas-saving hybrid technology. And there’s even an all-wheel-drive model or two.

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2011 Toyota Camry
Dependability, quality and reliability are Toyota’s stock and trade, and there’s no better example of this than the company’s midsize Camry. There’s plenty of room for five and good fuel economy to be had from the 4-cylinder version, though if you want more power, there’s a V6 option. Find a Toyota Camry for sale near you


2013 Honda Civic
When people think of compact cars, they think Civic. Offering the sort of room, features and performance of cars the next class up, the Honda Civic has a sterling reputation for low operating costs and trouble-free operation. Find a Honda Civic for sale near you


2009 Toyota Avalon
The Camry’s big brother delivers the same high retained value and low operating costs while offering a more spacious cabin and larger trunk. Understated styling and V6 power are the main calling cards for this top-of-the-line Toyota, making this a great deal for less than $10,000. Find a Toyota Avalon for sale near you


2011 Honda Accord
Like the Camry, this is a car that has set the gold standard in the midsize segment. Comfortable, easy to drive and trouble-free, the Honda Accord is a perennial list topper when it comes to shopping for a new or used car. Find a Honda Accord for sale near you


2010 Toyota Prius
If fuel economy is a priority, there’s no better pick than the Toyota Prius, which is synonymous with hybrid. The remarkable thing about Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive is that it delivers the same high fuel economy in both city and highway settings. The Prius has also earned a reputation for being long lived, so there’s plenty of life left for a car that costs less than $10,000. Find a Toyota Prius for sale near you


2012 Mazda Mazda3
Offered in two body styles, the Mazda3 has the ability to serve as a more formal sedan or really useful hatchback. Both offer the same fun-to-drive handling that differentiates Mazdas from all the rest, and represents a good bargain to boot. Find a Mazda Mazda3 for sale near you


2011 Toyota Corolla
Like the Civic, the Toyota Corolla comes to mind when one talks compact cars. One of the longest running nameplates on the market, it has earned its reputation for quality, low-cost operation and affordability many times over. They seem to live forever. Find a Toyota Corolla for sale near you


2010 Subaru Outback
Versatility is what the Subaru Outback is all about. All-wheel-drive all-weather capability and the utility of a station wagon combined with just a hint of SUV ruggedness make the Outback the perfect vehicle for outdoorsy types. Even though they are hot sellers when new, you can find a 2010 model for about $9,300. Find a Subaru Outback for sale near you


2013 Kia Soul
If you’re looking to get funky, the boxy Kia Soul has a lot going for it. Besides not looking much like anything else out there, the Soul also offers the utility of a hatchback and the efficiency of a 4-cylinder economy car. Besides, hamsters. You can find a lot of Soul for $8,300. Find a Kia Soul for sale near you


2012 Subaru Legacy
Tired of the SUV craze, but still want the peace of mind that comes with all-wheel drive? Then the Subaru Legacy is your refuge. A smartly styled sedan with the same mechanicals found underneath Subaru’s more off-road-oriented products, the Legacy is a terrific way to beat the winter blues without spending a fortune. Find a Subaru Legacy for sale near you


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