It is not impossible to find a great car for under $5,000. The mileage may be a little higher and the vehicle may be older with not all of today’s bells and whistles, but if the car has been well maintained and you keep it well maintained, it can serve you very well, indeed. Nonetheless, it is always worth having a mechanic perform an inspection of the car prior to purchase whenever possible. Read on to learn about ten fantastic vehicles you can buy for under $5,000.
1999-2004 Nissan Xterra
A rugged truck-like SUV that has proven to be both practical and tough. The 4 wheel drive version sells at a slightly higher price but the 2 wheel version is still very popular and will suit the needs of most people.
2005-2009 Subaru Outback
Great fuel economy, car-like styling with SUV practicality and great gas mileage are hallmarks of the Subaru Outback and of course, it has Subaru’s renowned all-wheel-drive-system. It will probably come with slightly higher mileage than some others on the list but is well suited to anyone who has an active lifestyle.
2006-2010 Honda Civic
Honda is always a great choice in a value used car. Available in a sedan and coupe-style with a hybrid also available, here is also a higher performance Civic Si for those looking for a little more kick.
2004-2010 Toyota Sienna
Known as one of the safest vehicles in North America, it is perfect as a vehicle to carry the family around in. Available with all0wheel-drive and with room for up to eight people, many consider it to be the best pre-owned minivan available today.
2002-2006 Toyota Camry
Popular for over thirty years, the Toyota Camry has fantastic trunk space, four doors, and famous Toyota reliability. There is always plenty available for sale at good prices.
2007-2011 Nissan Versa
The Versa is well known for being a fantastic used-car and because it is available as a hatchback, it is not only versatile but can be had without excessive mileage or age. A compact engine boasting a 30 mpg also means buyers will save at the gas pump.
2001-2007 Ford Escape
The Ford Escape was Fords initial first crossover SUV and was highly popular when new. Sporting a fairly large cargo area as well as the widespread availability of parts means it will be cost-effective for maintenance. Mazda, a company acquired by Ford had its own version called the Tribute that is a very similar vehicle.
2005-2010 Scion TC
A sport coupe available on a budget! Scion was a brand owned by Toyota and shares the famous reliability and quality of Toyota vehicles. There is also a panoramic sunroof and a fantastic Pioneer sound system.
2008-2011 Ford Focus
Always a leader in small cars, the Ford Focus is known for being simple mechanically and as parts are widely available it is inexpensive to maintain. A very popular choice.