These cars are all at least a decade old. But if you’re on a tight budget, they cost less than $10,000 and have held up remarkably well, according to our reliability data. Still, we recommend checking the vehicle history report and having a mechanical inspection before you decide to buy. (Learn more about how to protect yourself when buying a used car.)
Prices shown are subject to change due to market fluctuation. Cars are organized by price.
2009-2011 Honda Accord
Price range: $7,000-$10,325
Though light on amenities, Accords of this vintage are reliable and fuel efficient, and ride nicely.
2008-2010 Honda CR-V
Price range: $7,075-$10,200
A perennial favorite, this earlier vintage of CR-V still offers good reliability and fuel economy, as well as a roomy interior and plenty of cargo space.
2010-2012 Honda Fit
Price range: $7,150-$9,350
Good reliability, 30 mpg overall fuel economy, and a surprising amount of interior and cargo space make this diminutive wagon a smart buy.
2010-2012 Toyota Prius
Price range: $7,400-$10,625
A spacious interior, hatchback versatility, and 44 mpg overall fuel economy are all good reasons most anyone would consider this car a good buy.
2010-2012 Toyota Corolla
Price range: $7,725-$10,000
This small sedan has long been a good value, offering 32 mpg overall fuel economy; a roomy, quiet interior; and top-notch reliability.
2009-2011 Toyota Camry
Price range: $7,800-$10,025
Although handling isn’t particularly exciting, above-average reliability and fuel economy and a roomy interior make the Camry a good option.
2011-2012 Infiniti G
Price range: $9,050-$10,800
The G sedans are fun to drive, with agile handling, very good reliability, and decent fuel economy, albeit on premium fuel. But the interior and trunk are a bit tight.