Buying a used hatchback doesn’t need to break the bank. Shoppers have plenty of options for economical daily drivers or inexpensive project cars. Each of these picks under $10,000 all received high reliability and safety ratings.
A rare all wheel drive find
The 2013 Toyota Matrix set itself apart from other hatchbacks in its class because it offers all-wheel-drive options. The Toyota Matrix has a reputation for being incredibly fun to drive. Kelley Blue Book compared it to a go-cart, SUV, and compact car hybrid. Interior tech is light in the 2013 Matrix, lacking the infotainment and audio equipment associated with some Japanese hatchbacks.
The hatchback is not completely lacking in technology. It does include a 6.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth compatibility, and USB connectivity. The 2013 model also gains cruise control, a new feature added from its predecessors.
2014 Honda Insight
The Honda Insight wins rave reviews year after year. The 2014 model year is no exception. This is a fantastic budget option as it is the least expensive hybrid of his class on the market. Reviewers love its smooth ride, great handling, and stable road holding. Rear seat comfort was cited as a pain point. There’s not a lot of legroom for passengers in the back. The cargo bay was also cited as being particularly shallow. Higher trim packages come with a bit more price hike than is typical. This is less of an issue in the used car market.
2016 Nissan Versa Note
The 2016 Nissan Versa Note is an inexpensive option that gets great gas mileage. This roomy hatchback can easily accommodate four adults making it a great choice for road trips with friends. The Note is not necessarily fun to drive. The base model includes outdated crank windows, which may turn off many buyers. There are some pros to the interior features. The Versa Note includes a rearview camera with a 5-inch color display, mobile app connectivity, Bluetooth streaming, and satellite radio.
The 2015 Mazda 3 might be the most fun to drive hatchback on this list. It also features a refreshing design which makes it look more expensive. This hatchback with paint retains its value impressively for a used model. Resale value is often overlooked when purchasing a project car. Interior space was cited as being on the short side. Buyers looking for a roomier interior might want to choose a different option.
2014 Toyota Prius C
The 2014 Toyota Prius C is an affordable hybrid hatchback option. It impresses with 17.1 ft.³ of cargo space behind the rear seats. This extra space is available because of the Prius’ efficiently used space. This is the smallest, and lowest-priced Prius offered. It’s a great introductory model for new hybrid owners, even if it has a dubious reputation. It’s a green subcompact car on the market from this model year. The 2014 Toyota Prius C is the only subcompact of that year that could be driven solely on electric power.
The 2014 Fiat 500L is the second major model that Fiat offered to the US market. It has 42% more interior space when compared to the Fiat 500. The 500L is a great choice for Fiat fans who need a little extra space. It has all the looks and charm of the 500 with added elbow room. This is not a great option for those looking for punchy acceleration. The Fiat 500L is a comfortable and heavy car, which is evident in its sluggish acceleration. The trade-off is that the 500L delivers a smooth and comfortable ride at highway speed. That’s not something many small cars can boast.