A daily driver doesn’t have to break the bank. Though buying a brand new car is exciting, it’s not always the most practical choice. If you want good car that can get from A to B safely and reliably but that isn’t too expensive, you might find yourself looking at used car options. For under $5,000 you can actually get some pretty good cars. According to Kelley Blue Book, these are the 10 best used cars under $5,000.
2007 Pontiac Vibe
This is an awesome hatchback for people with an active lifestyle. The 115-volt outlet and plastic cargo floor are great for hauling heaps of stuff and hanging out with the convenience of power. The 2007 Pontiac Vibe is built on the same chassis as a Toyota Matrix––remember those?
2008 Mazda Mazda3
The Mazda3 is an excellent choice if you are looking for the best used car under $5,000. The typical Mazda style, “road-hugging” agility, and some cool extras for its time. This family sedan offers a standard DVD navigation system. Plus, it also has a standard Bose audio system for the music––or talk radio––lovers out there.
2004 Lexus ES
The 2004 Lexus ES 350 is one of the best used cars for under $5,000 because it provides a lot of luxury for a low price point. It also comes along with the proven dependability of the Lexus brand. We have the Toyota mothership to thank for that.
2008 Scion xB
These boxy little hatches are super roomy. The 2008 Scion xB has a nifty 60/40 rear fold for putting the seats flat. With 21.7 cubic feet of cargo space, it’s a great car for a small family. It’s also awesome if you just have a lot of stuff to tote around. From the 2008 on, the Scion xB offers more power and a larger interior. I’ve known people to pack extremely bulky cargo into these cars, such as instruments and amps for a full band––including the drum set!
2011 Kia Soul
According to Kelley Blue Book, the “Kia Soul is proud of its status as a funky alternative to low-cost economy cars.” Another boxy hatch on our list, the Kia Soul is extra spacious inside for its size. It also boasts excellent fuel economy.
2008 Honda Civic
The 2008 Honda Civic holds true to the Civic’s long history of success. You can find either a coupe or a sedan for under $5,000. It’s one of the best used cars because of its fantastic “fuel economy, unrivaled reliability, and repair history,” and class-leading resale value.
2006 Toyota Corolla
According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2006 Toyota Corolla is one of the best used cars under $5,000. This is largely due to its “exemplary history of quality and reliability.” The Toyota Corolla lasts long into high mileage territory when maintained properly. One of my closest friends drove one through high school, college, and the toddler years of both her children. Additionally, the Corolla touts marvelous fuel efficiency. The 2006 Toyota Corolla is a good used car and it will save you money both at the shop and at the pump.
2006 Honda Accord
The Honda Accord is a long-lasting staple of the Honda lineup. It is a great used car for families with a roomy interior. Plus Kelley Blue Book notes its “bulletproof reputation for reliability.” Some might say that the interior quality of the 2006 Honda Accord rivals the sophistication of some luxury cars in the same model year.
2006 Toyota Camry
Another great used car under $5,000 with a “solid reputation for reliability.” According to Kelley Blue Book, in fact, it’s the second best used car under $5,000. The 2006 Toyota Camry boasts a large interior and plenty of trunk space. The Toyota Camry from this model year also has a lot of important safety features.
2005 Toyota Avalon
It likely comes as no surprise that this list is riddled with Hondas and Toyotas. The best used car under $5,000 is the Toyota Avalon. This full-size sedan is the Kelley Blue Book list-topper.
The 2005 Avalon boasts a “generous interior” that is “lexis-like” in luxury amenities. According to Kelley Blue Book, the 2005 Toyota Avalon has an “impeccable history of excellent service, outstanding quality, and best-in-class resale.” If you choose the Avalon you’ll end up with a dependable daily driver equipped with a powerful V6 that doesn’t guzzle gas. It’s a great used car that’s nice inside both front and rear and even has an easily accessible trunk.