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Best Used Cars Under $10,000
Cash-strapped consumers looking to purchase a vehicle don’t have to sacrifice style, performance and capacity for price.

Toyota Auto Dealership, Reuters

In the market for a used car but don’t want to spend more than $10,000? Not a problem, online vehicle research portal Web2Carz.com put together a list of the best used cars under $10,000 that takes into account fuel economy, performance, hauling capacity and luxury. There’s even an option for sports-car enthusiasts. Keep in mind that these cars aren’t that new; most were rolled out between 2004 and 2007.

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2004 Toyota Prius, Reuters

2004 Toyota Prius

Conserving gas has become a necessity with gas prices hovering around $4.00 a gallon. According to Web2Carz, the 2004 Toyota Prius will average 48 city and 45 highway miles per gallon and costs under $10,000. While the 2004 Toyota Prius isn’t going to have the latest in hybrid technology, it will still save drivers a lot at the pump. According to Edmunds.com, the used total market value for the 2004 Prius is $10,223.

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2003 Lexus ES300, PF Slideshow

2003 Lexus ES300

The Lexus brand has always screamed luxury but it’s typically out of most consumers’ price range. Web2Carz says luxury cars retain their value better than their compact-car brethren, car shoppers willing to buy used and don’t mind an older model will get all the luxury they are looking for in the 2003 Lexus ES300. “The ES300 gives you grandeur interior comfort, a relaxed and smooth ride, superb safety technologies, and an acclaimed reliability rating,” says Web2Carz. According to Edmunds.com, the used total market value for the 2003 Lexus ES300 is $10,505.

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2004 Mazda Miata Mx 5, PF Slideshow

2004 Mazda Miata Mx-5

Buying a sports car for most consumers is all about raw horse power, but buyer beware: previous owners probably had the same need for speed and the car may have taken a beating. Web2Carz suggests buyers in the market for a used sports car look for one with a low mileage. While the Mazda Miata my not look like a huge beast of a sports car, it gets the job done. “Nimble, tight and responsive, the 1.8-liter 4-cyliner Miata Mx-5 is a joy to drive around town or down the small stretch,” says Web2Carz. “Boasting a fuel-economy of 20-city/26-hwy, the Miata MX-5 is that sports car for high gas prices, and the budget buyer.” According to Edmunds.com, the used total market value for the 2004 Mazda Miata Mx-5 is $8,957.

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2004 Honda CRV, PF Slideshow

2004 Honda CRV

Want a SUV but don’t want to drop $100 buck every time you fill up the tank? The 2004 Honda CRV may make the grade. According Web2Carz, the 2004 Honda CR-V is a reliable, easy to drive and is ideal for those looking for a SUV with fuel efficiency. It also boasts seating for five and is considered roomy for a compact SUV. “For 72 cubic feet of available cargo space, the 2004 Honda CR-V averages an exceptional 23 mpg city, and up to 28mpg on the highway,” says Web2Carz. According to Edmund.com, the used total market value for the 2004 Honda CRV is $9,030.

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2005 Toyota Tacoma, PF Slideshow

2005 Toyota Tacoma

Known for its long life, the Toyota Tacoma is attractive to car buyers that need a compact truck, but want some variety. Sure the truck has a minimal interior and limited features on the base model, but the Tacoma comes in a variety of trims, cab sizes and V4 or V6 engine sizes to please even the most fickle. “Throw words around like reliability, durability and you just begin to explain why a Toyota Tacoma resonates with used truck buyers,” says Web2Carz. “Used Toyota trucks have been a hit in the compact class because they simply last forever. “ According Edmunds.com, the used total market value for the 2005 Toyota Tacoma is $10,750.

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Best Used Cars Under $10,000

Cash-strapped consumers looking to purchase a vehicle don’t have to sacrifice style, performance and capacity for price.

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