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With both new and used car prices at an all-time high and supply just now starting to catch up with demand, more car buyers find themselves searching for an older used vehicle that still has a lot of life left. iSeeCars recently performed a study that analyzed the average potential lifespan of used cars that are 10 years old. The top-performing 10-year-old vehicles were then cross-referenced against their average current market value, as well as how many miles these vehicles typically have left in their average potential lifespans.

By analyzing the average potential lifespan, average market value, and amount of miles left to that average potential lifespan, iSeeCars was able to find out which vehicles for sale on the used marketplace today have the best value for the money. Of course, the list of the top 20 cars with the best value for the money was flooded with Honda and Toyota models, but the top-performing vehicle came from Chevrolet. Here is everything you need to know about the car with the best value on the used marketplace.

Chevrolet takes top honors with its full-size sedan

A 2018 Chevy Impala full-size sedan model parked outside of a garage on a asphalt driveway
2018 Chevy Impala | Chevrolet

Yes, the discontinued Chevrolet Impala beat out every other vehicle on this list as the best used vehicle you can buy for the money. The Impala beat out fan favorites such as the Honda Civic, Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, and even the Toyota Camry. The Impala took top honors due to its solid average lifespan and affordable price. A 10-year-old Impala has an average price of only $9,706 and an average potential lifespan of 230,343 miles, according to iSeeCars. Oddly enough, this average potential lifespan is longer than the Honda Civic, Honda Fit, and Honda Accord.

iSeeCars also reports that the Chevy Impala models you’ll find on the used market today typically have around 111,996 miles to go before they reach their average potential lifespan of 230,343. This means that if you buy an Impala for the $9,706 average price, you are only paying around $87 for every 1,000 miles left until you hit that average potential lifespan mileage.

Other alternatives to the Chevy Impala

If you aren’t set on buying a used Chevrolet Impala, there are many other vehicles for great value. Some of these options include the Toyota Prius, which has a great average potential lifespan of 250,601 miles and an average price of around $13,898. The Honda Civic coupe takes third place in this study, with an average potential lifespan of approximately 226,120 miles and an average price of $12,673. If you are looking for a pickup truck, the Honda Ridgeline is the top choice in this study, with an average used price of $18,725 and an average potential lifespan of around 248,669 miles. If you’re looking for the cheapest used vehicle on this list, that would be the Mazda6, which carries a price of about $9,559 but also has the shortest average lifespan of 203,154.

While there are a ton of vehicles on this list to choose from, there isn’t another vehicle on this list that provides the same amount of value as the Chevrolet Impala. The Prius may offer a longer potential lifespan, but you are paying a premium for the Prius name. With vehicles like the Ridgeline, you are getting a good amount of value when it comes to potential mileage, but with a sky-high price, it is hardly a value. We can’t recommend the Chevy Impala enough as a great used vehicle under $10,000.

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