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Practical and affordable, the Honda CR-V consistently tops used car lists. The CR-V earns praise for its spacious interior and fuel efficiency. While this compact SUV’s affordability is a driving factor, its quality and reliability keep consumers coming back. For shoppers on a budget, here are the most reliable Honda CR-V model years under $10,000.

(Note: Regardless of a vehicle’s reliability score, consumers should obtain a vehicle history report and perform a mechanical inspection before purchasing any used car.) 

2008 Honda CR-V

Despite its age, the 2008 Honda CR-V remains a decent used car on a budget. With an average consumer rating of 84/100 from J.D. Power, the 2008 model scores an excellent 90/100 in quality and reliability. That high rating means owners have reported fewer unexpected repairs and breakdowns.

J.D. Power also gives the 2008 Honda CR-V a 77/100 in driving experience and an average resale value. Some models have upgraded features like leather-trimmed seats and traction-enhancing real-time four-wheel drive.

U.S. News reports that most used 2008 CR-V models sell for $8,160 to $9,479.

2009 Honda CR-V

The 2009 Honda CR-V ranks only slightly lower in reliability despite being a year younger than the 2008 model. It has an 83/100 consumer rating, a “great” 85/100 quality and reliability score, and 80/100 for the driving experience from J.D. Power. The resale value is also above average at 80/100.

Notable features in some trims are a satellite-linked navigation system and a McPherson strut front suspension.

The 2009 Honda CR-V is highly affordable. According to U.S. News, the average price paid for this model year is between $8,182 and $9,026. 

2010 Honda CR-V

The newest model on this list, the 2010 Honda CR-V is an excellent used car for under $10,000. According to J.D. Power, it has an 83/100 consumer rating and an impressive 87/100 in quality and reliability. This SUV’s driving experience scored a solid 77/100. As for resale value, the 2010 CR-V falls in line with the other two older models, scoring 80/100.

Owners note they like the excellent outward visibility and dependable A/C.

Shoppers should be able to find a 2010 CR-V for under $10,000. U.S. News reports the average used price paid is $9,163 to $10,786.

Do your research before committing to any used vehicle. But if you’re looking for a cheap, reliable car, consider a 2008 to 2010 Honda CR-V.


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