Stylish, smart, and budget-friendly.
There's a wide choice of practical and comfortable models available if you're on a budget. Whether you are running errands in a city car, making a daily commute in a sedan, or carrying camping equipment in your hatchback for a weekend road trip—you can confidently choose a vehicle that matches your lifestyle.
To help you on your search, we've compiled a list of the 10 best used cars under $10,000 for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales and average pricing data from November 1, 2019, to April 30, 2020. Please be aware that certain model years and upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $10,000.1
- Nissan Versa
- Smart Fortwo
- Mazda Mazda2
- Scion XD
- Dodge Caliber
- Chevrolet HHR
- Toyota Yaris
- Chevrolet Cobalt
- Toyota Matrix
- Scion IQ
The Nissan Versa is a great all-rounder, which is why it's at the top of our list. Its sedan shape gives you enough space for your passengers and their things, but you'll appreciate its on-road manners, whether you're using it to commute or for longer adventures.
For city dwellers looking for an easy-to-park runaround, the Smart Fortwo and Scion iQ are both practical fits for an urban lifestyle. The head-turning Smart Fortwo is a superb choice for city drivers, thanks to its size and keen maneuverability. If you're living a more green-conscious lifestyle, there is a fully electric version available too (2013 onward).
For a hatchback with plenty of tech and driver assistance, the Toyota Yaris and Scion XD are outstanding examples of budget-friendly vehicles with impressive standard features to make every drive more enjoyable.
The Scion XD (2008–2014) is an option-led hatch with just one trim level and plenty of available features. These include remote engine start, a navigation system, and exterior spoiler upgrades—so you're bound to find the one that suits your needs.
With such a wide variety of makes and models, it's clear that buying with a budget in mind is no barrier when it comes to choosing car comfort and convenience.
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1Based on prices on carmax.com from November 1, 2019 through April 30, 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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