10 Best Used Cars Under $5,000

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10 Best Used Cars Under $5,000

Great news: you can shop for a car within a limited budget and get a solid used car for your money. While these cars skew a little older and may show some signs of wear, if you do your homework, you can find good, reliable transportation for under $5,000. Based on the research and recommendations of Kelley Blue Book’s editors, here are the 10 Best Used Cars under $5,000.

The Mazda3 is a perennial member of our list of Coolest Cars Under $18,000 because it’s fun to drive while being fuel-efficient and reliable. Whether you choose a sedan or a hatchback, you’ll enjoy a practical car that’s sporty, too.

The Subaru Outback combines the comfort and drivability of a sedan with the cargo area of an SUV. That it also comes standard with all-wheel drive makes it ideal all-season transportation.

You can get the benefits of Acura’s proven reliability with the added panache – and features – of a premium sedan. Niceties like navigation, Bose audio and seat heaters are on the TL’s features list, as is a performance version of the sedan’s V6 engine.

The Matrix is similarly sized to its cousin the Corolla, yet it adds the versatility of a hatchback layout and more cargo space. You can choose from a Matrix with a more fuel-efficient engine, or one that’s more powerful, and still stay within your $5,000 budget.

Subaru’s smaller wagon and a smart SUV alternative, the Forester has the all-wheel-drive prowess for your next outdoor adventure, as well interior space and cargo volume that helps when errand-running.

The long-time benchmark in the compact car segment, the Honda Civic brings together impressive refinement and fun-to-drive attitude. You can choose from the coupe, with more sporty style, or the practical four-door.

Corollas have a sterling reputation for long-term reliability. A solid choice for a commuter car, the Corolla is powered by a fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine.

The Accord is a fine example of Honda’s quality, efficiency, value and reliability. For $5,000, you can get a 2004 Honda Accord, a sedan that has plenty of room inside, and as an added bonus, is surprisingly fun to drive.

You do have to go back to 2003 to find a Camry for under $5,000, but that strong resale value is a reflection of the car’s reliability in the long run. The Camry is a comfortable, well-built midsize sedan that’ll stand the test of time.

Known for its spacious interior and quiet, comfortable ride, another feather in the Avalon’s cap is its reputation for rock-solid reliability. The Avalon is made in America, and was developed in America to cater to American tastes. It’s also arguably the best road-trip car on this list.


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