Buying a car always takes its toll on your wallet. You just have to squander a stack of your hard-earned money just to have convenience, velocity, and time efficiency by your side. However, are there only two polarities? It is either the car of your dreams that will put even your grandchildren in debt or a four-wheel bucket that will spare you money. As it turns out, not quite like this. Here are five great cars under $10,000 that will leave you dumbfounded at the fact that a used vehicle can both be decent and a good bargain.
Chevrolet Malibu (2009-2012)
Average price for a used vehicle: starting at $8,125.
Mpg: 22/30 city/ hwy.
Horsepower: 169 at 6,400 RPM.
Torque: 160 at 4,500 RPM
This is your typical good enough mid-size sedan that stands firmly in line with its counterparts, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and Ford Fusion. To some, this car just screams ‘car rental’, and honestly, they can’t be far from the truth. The vehicle was just made to appeal to wider audiences. And from its first-rate interior that is better than you expect for the price to light smooth handling, it still delivers on every promise.
Hyundai Sonata (2012)
Average price for a used vehicle: $7,404 – $10,366.
Mpg: 23/ 34 city/ hwy.
Horsepower: 198 at 6300 RPM.
Torque: 184 at 4,250 RPM.
For the year 2012, Hyundai improved the fuel economy of its Sonata model. Add a stylish interior, a trunk large for its class, and smooth power delivery to the equation, and you get a car that is a buy that you won’t regret. It fits perfectly with other affordable mid-size sedans. The only downside pointed out by consumers in their reviews is unpleasant noise the car gives out while accelerating.
Kia Soul (2010-2011)
Average price for a used vehicle: starting at $8,650.
Mpg: 25/30 city/ hwy.
Horsepower: 130 at 6300 RPM.
Two years after its first emergence on the market and a few changes later, in 2011, Kia Soul stayed as strong as it ever was with lovers of drifty sporty rides. Its boxy look comes off either as quirky to some or clumsy to others. Well, tastes in cars are not quite up for a grand debate. What captivates most, however, is its specs, solid mileage, and easy maintenance. It makes the car family-friendly and a great first buy for someone who just got their driver’s license.
Ford Focus (2009-2011)
Average price for a used vehicle: starting at $6,050.
Mpg: 24/ 35 city/ hwy.
Horsepower: 140 at 6,000 RPM.
Torque: 136 at 4,250 RPM.
Another car that qualifies for a popular choice. And it totally lives up to its popularity. Not very outstanding, but otherwise tastefully stylish looks appease everyone and paired with great specs and easy handling it boosts sales year after year. Most customers point out gas economy which, given the fact that you are buying a used vehicle, will make up for a true bargain.
Volkswagen Jetta (2009-2010)
Average price for a used vehicle: $2,919 – $6,180.
Mpg: 20/ 29 city/ hwy.
Horsepower: 140 at 4,000 RPM.
Torque: 236 at 1750 RPM.
2009 Volkswagen Jetta, small/ compact sedan, sports a ‘cute’ look and boasts design solutions that are unusual for a car in this price range. Interestingly enough, somewhat upscale interiors are not the only unconventional thing about this model. Customers report that despite its size, the car has a rocking powertrain that, however, comes with only one downside – poor fuel economy when compared to its competitors.