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Used subcompact cars are gaining popularity thanks to high gas prices. Because these vehicles are tiny, they’re easy to maneuver through traffic and a breeze to park in tight spaces. That means small used cars are an excellent option for first-time car buyers. Plus, they’re affordable. It’s no surprise you can find good deals on these efficient vehicles. Here are five of the best used subcompact cars under $10,000, according to Autotrader.

1. 2015 Chevrolet Spark

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Despite its diminutive size, the 2015 Chevy Spark boasts a surprisingly spacious interior. Its 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine is sluggish but contributes to excellent fuel economy of 30 mpg in the city and 39 mpg on the highway. This hatchback also comes in a wide selection of fun exterior colors, so it will turn heads no matter where you go. 

2. 2015 Ford Fiesta

A practical choice for daily driving, the 2015 Ford Fiesta features a comfortable interior. Look for a model with a 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder for impressive gas mileage of 43 mpg on the highway. 

3. 2012 Honda Fit 

Honda discontinued the Fit in America after the 2020 model year, but its legacy endures. The 2012 model provides 57.3 cubic feet of cargo space — great for loading up gear. Standard features include 15-inch wheels, cruise control, and remote keyless entry.

4. 2014 Hyundai Accent

Another well-equipped used subcompact car is the 2014 Hyundai Accent. It sports a six-speaker, 172-watt audio system, heated side mirrors, and 14-inch wheels with covers. If you want to add another high-end touch to your ride, look for an SE trim with a power sunroof.

5. 2014 Kia Rio

Unsurprisingly, the 2014 Kia Rio is similar to its corporate cousin the Hyundai Accent. Available features include Bluetooth, leather seating, power door locks and windows, and a navigation system. You might have to search harder for a model under $10,000, but it will be worth the investment.

Which used subcompact car is right for you?

You can’t go wrong with any model on Autotrader’s list of the best used subcompact cars. If you’re searching for a tiny vehicle, the Chevy Spark might be the perfect option. And if you want more features, the Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio will check many boxes. For impressive performance, find a Ford Fiesta with a turbocharged engine. And if cargo space is vital in your vehicle search, don’t skip the Honda Fit.

But if you can’t find any of the models listed above or want something different, consider the 2014 Mazda2, 2012 Mini Cooper, 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage, 2016 Nissan Versa Note, or 2014 Toyota Yaris. Of course, the best way to find out which used subcompact car is best for you is to schedule a test drive.


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