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Stylish cars to suit your budget.

Best Ranked Cars Under 10K | CarMax

Are you car shopping with a budget in mind? There are plenty of practical vehicles that can suit your needs, with fun features and design touches that can elevate your driving experience.

Compact city cars prioritize driving agility and parking prowess, sedans are ideal for school drop-offs and highway commutes, and midsize hatchbacks are a great option for pack-up-and-go weekend road trips.

To help you on your search, we've compiled an updated list of the 7 best-used cars under $10,000 for 2020 shoppers, based on CarMax sales and average pricing data from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 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

  1. Smart Fortwo
    Best Used Cars Under $10K: Smart Fortwo | CarMax
  2. Mazda Mazda2
    Best Used Cars Under $10K: Mazda Mazda 2 | CarMax
  3. Scion XD
    Best Used Cars Under $10K: Scion xD | CarMax
  4. Chevrolet Cobalt
    Best Used Cars Under $10K: Chevrolet Cobalt | CarMax
  5. Dodge Caliber
    10 Best Used Cars under $10K for 2020: Ranked: Dodge Caliber | CarMax
  6. Scion IQ
    Best Used Cars Under $10K: Scion iQ | CarMax
  7. Chevrolet Aveo
    Best Used Cars Under $10K: Chevrolet Aveo | CarMax

Taking the top spot is the Smart Fortwo, the parking superstar that's supremely confident on city streets. A two-seater with quirky good looks, the 2017 Smart Fortwo (the final year offering a gasoline model) has a turning radius of just 22.8 feet. Consider also its turbocharged 0.9L three-cylinder engine and comfortable cabin footage; this one is a test-drive must if you're an urban commuter.

If you're after a slightly larger city car, the Chevrolet Cobalt is a great choice. Available up until the 2010 model year, you've even got the option of a sport version (the Cobalt SS, available from 2004–2010) if you need a bit of excitement in your city commute.

The Scion iQ (2012–2015) and Scion xD (2008–2014) are versatile vehicles with an impressive selection of driver-assistance features and entertainment tech. The four-door 2014 Scion xD hatchback has one trim level, with standard features including cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, a 6.1-inch touchscreen display, and USB interface.

With the variety of models featured here, you can confidently choose a vehicle that not only suits your lifestyle but also offers tech and cabin comforts that make driving a pleasure.

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1Based on prices on carmax.com from February 1, 2020 through July 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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