10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000
If you've been pricing new cars at KBB.com, you know that they are more expensive than ever. However, there are plenty of good used-car alternatives out there. While $8,000 isn't going to get you the newest technology, if you do your homework you can find good, reliable transportation. Based on the research and recommendations of our Kelley Blue Book editors, here are the 10 Best Used Cars under $8,000.
One of the most uniquely styled vehicles out there, the cool Kia Soul isn't your typical-looking car, but has the practicality hatchback buyers crave. It's roomier than you think, and will carry a lot of cargo or haul passengers in surprising comfort. If you're looking for an alternative to a small SUV and don't need all-wheel drive, the Soul will fill the bill.
A perennial member of our 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, the Mazda3 will not only provide you reliable, fuel-efficient personal transport, but is also filled with fun-to-drive character. It's available as a sedan or a hatchback, each practical in its own way.
The Subaru Impreza, offered as a sedan or wagon, offers inexpensive, reliable transportation with the added benefit of all-wheel drive. That can be a huge advantage in bad weather where it can mean the difference between getting to your destination or getting stuck.
A class up from midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, the 2008 Nissan Maxima is a sporty and comfortable sedan with a good track record. It offers a roomy interior, a higher level of equipment and luxury, and pleasant ride characteristics.
Known for its poise in all weather conditions, the all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback was available as a sedan and a wagon in the 2007 model year, with trim levels ranging from low-key to downright luxurious. While you might prefer the styling of the sedan, the wagon will give you the advantage of more cargo space.
Long the favorite of limo drivers, taxi drivers, and police forces, the Crown Victoria has proven reliable over the long run -- even when driven hard. Plus, you will be thoroughly impressed by the rear seat space and how deep the Crown Vic's trunk is.
Compared to other cars in its segment, the Corolla seems to be "overbullt" like most Toyotas. That translates to solid reliability with few problems. For 2009, there's a choice of a fuel-efficient base engine or a larger 4-cylinder engine that offers more performance.
Generation after generation, the Honda Civic has been the benchmark for compact cars. It isn’t just incredibly reliable; it is also refined and a lot of fun to drive. Available in both coupe and four-door models, the coupe has a more attractive style, but we’d suggest the four-door for its utility.
While you have to go back to 2007 to find a Honda Accord for under $8,000, that strong resale value is an indication of how much quality, reliability and value the Accord offers. The 2007 Accord was a comfortable, economical and surprisingly fun-to-drive car new, and well-maintained examples remain so to this day.
The Toyota Avalon is a contemporary sedan that's big, quiet and comfortable, tailor-made for miles of effortless travel. Not only is the Toyota Avalon made in America, it was also designed and developed in America to suit American tastes. As is the case with Toyotas, the Avalon is also remarkably reliable.