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If you've set a budget for your next car, you've come to the right place. Whether you're looking for your next family runaround, a comfortable commuter car, or a little bit of luxury, you're bound to find it in this list of the 60 best used cars for the money for 2021 shoppers, based on CarMax sales and average pricing data from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020.

Cars are listed by average prices, ranging from $10,000 to over $35,000.1 Please be aware that some trim levels and select model years may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over the average prices.


  1. Nissan Sentra
  2. Hyundai Elantra
  3. Toyota Corolla
  4. Hyundai Sonata
  5. Kia Soul
  6. Chevrolet Cruze
  7. Ford Focus
  8. Volkswagen Jetta
  9. Kia Forte
  10. Nissan Versa


  1. Nissan Altima
  2. Honda Civic
  3. Honda Accord
  4. Toyota Camry
  5. Kia Optima
  6. Chevrolet Malibu
  7. Ford Fusion
  8. Ford Fusion Hybrid
  9. Toyota Prius
  10. Volkswagen Passat


  1. Ford Mustang
  2. Subaru Outback
  3. Infiniti Q50
  4. Mercedes-Benz C300
  5. Nissan Maxima
  6. Dodge Charger
  7. Chrysler 300
  8. Lexus ES 350
  9. Acura TLX
  10. Audi A4


  1. Chevrolet Camaro
  2. Dodge Challenger
  3. Audi A6
  4. Lexus NX 200T
  5. Subaru WRX
  6. Genesis G80
  7. Jaguar XF
  8. Volvo S90
  9. Nissan 370Z
  10. Audi A5


  1. Mercedes-Benz E300
  2. Infiniti Q60
  3. BMW 530
  4. Cadillac CT6
  5. Audi A7
  6. Lexus RC 350
  7. Kia Stinger
  8. Mercedes-Benz E400
  9. Audi A8
  10. BMW 650

Over $35,000

  1. Chevrolet Corvette
  2. Mercedes-Benz S550
  3. Genesis G90
  4. Porsche Panamera
  5. Jaguar F-Type
  6. BMW 540
  7. Jaguar XJ
  8. BMW 750
  9. BMW 740
  10. BMW M3

Choices abound on this list for budget-conscious used car shoppers. If you're searching for a car that's ideal for commuting, take a look at the Nissan Sentra, Toyota Corolla, or Honda Civic. These vehicles offer maximum flexibility as daily drivers and are easy on the wallet, too.

If it's high-end luxury you're after, you'll find many options at different price points. If you want sporty good looks and enough room for four people, the Porsche Panamera is a great bet. If you want to roll up to the office in style, consider the Cadillac CT6 or Audi A8. Want a head-turning sedan that's well-priced? Take a look at the Acura TLX or Infiniti Q50.

A sports car can be both practical and stunning. Start your search for a performance machine with the Jaguar F-Type, or consider the BMW M3 for its spacious interior. You'll find both vehicles and more to consider on this list.

You'll also find a range of standard and optional features that make many vehicles worthy of your short list. Look for Apple CarPlay® integration, high-tech sound systems, and driver-assistance features as you shop.

Whether you're in search of a large SUV, a family sedan or a used sports car, there's plenty to choose from on any budget. Looking to learn more? Check out these related articles:

1Based on prices on CarMax from May 1, 2020, through October 31, 2020. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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