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Are you on the lookout for a used car and trying to stick to a budget? We've got good news! There are plenty of vehicles out there to fit your needs. From compact hatchbacks for city driving to midsize sedans for highway cruising, and a variety of crossovers and SUVs too, you have plenty of choices to choose from.
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 data from August 1, 2019, to January 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
- Smart Fortwo
- Mazda Mazda2
- Dodge Caliber
- Scion XD
- Chevrolet HHR
- Chevrolet Cobalt
- Scion IQ
- Chevrolet Aveo
- Mitsubishi Galant
- Saturn Aura
There's a wide selection of cars on our list, especially when it comes to body styles and designs. For example, the Chevrolet HHR is very unique. The Chevrolet HHR is a midsize hatchback styled to resemble the 1949 Chevrolet Suburban van, and its retro styling comes with plenty of room on the inside. The 2011 model will seat you and four passengers and boasts 25.2 cubic feet of cargo volume.
There are also plenty of four-door hatchbacks and sedans to choose from on our list, including unique crossovers like the Scion xD and Dodge Caliber, a pair of compact hatchbacks styled to look like bigger crossover SUVs. If you're after a more all-around vehicle, you might want to consider the Chevrolet Cobalt which comes as a sedan or a coupe.
If you're looking for a great little runabout for daily city driving, there are even more options. There's the quirky Scion iQ, a subcompact small enough to navigate tight parking lots with ease. There's also the funky and futuristic-looking 2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV, powered by an electric motor. And then there's the 2017 Smart ForTwo, a super stylish and versatile subcompact available with either a 0.9L petrol engine or an electric motor. All are ideal for everyday city driving, whether you're picking up groceries or going about your daily commute.
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1Based on prices on carmax.com from March 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019. 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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