Used Cars Under $10K for First-Time Car Buyers on a Budget

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Buying your first car is a pretty big deal. While there’s a lot of excitement that comes with shopping for your first ride, it’s also a major investment that requires a lot of responsibility. During your car search, it’s important to know what you can afford.

If you’re a first-time car buyer looking for a car that’s reliable and budget-friendly, here are some top used cars under $10K from U.S. News & World Report.

  • 2009 Hyundai Genesis
    Average Listing Price: $5,969

    Before Genesis became its own brand, it was a flagship luxury model of the Hyundai brand. This sedan comes with a quality audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, and heated front-row leather seats. This model also supports Bluetooth connectivity and satellite radio, two features that were not as popular in 2009 vehicles.

  • 2010 Ford Fusion
    Average Listing Price: $6,255

    With its spacious and stylish interior, the 2010 Fusion is a sporty sedan holding a top ranking on USN’s 2010 affordable midsize cars. The Fusion features a trunk that’s larger than most class rivals and the first-generation version of the SYNC infotainment system. Some models even include a blind spot monitoring system, a rare feature of many mainstream vehicles during this time.

  • 2009 Mercedes Benz E-Class
    Average Listing Price: $7,552

    The 2009 Mercedes-Benz E-Class is an affordable luxury model that features a comfortable, well-equipped interior, as well as a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, power front seats, and a Harmon Kardon audio system. Its trunk can hold almost 16 cubic feet of cargo, giving it one of the larger cargo capacities in its class.

  • 2012 Honda Fit
    Average Listing Price: $7,995

    A top-ranked subcompact car with a high reliability score, the 2012 Honda Fit comes with a flexible interior, high EPA ratings, and in some models, a USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. All 2012 models come with air conditioning, cruise control, power windows and power door locks.

  • 2010 Toyota Avalon
    Average Listing Price: $8,063

    With a spacious interior that has been compared to the company’s Lexus luxury brand, the 2010 Toyota Avalon has a roomy cabin with reclining rear seats, a perfect predicted reliability rating, high safety scores, and holds the top ranking on USN’s 2010 affordable large cars.

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