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Finding a used car that combines safety, reliability, and a price point of $10,000 is not as difficult as you may think. Here are five that should interest a wide variety of readers.

Honda Civic

Honda Civic under $10,000No discussion of reliable used cars is complete until you have mentioned the Honda Civic. The Civic offers solid fuel efficiency numbers with legendary reliability. There are many Civics still being used as daily drivers with well over 200,000 miles on them. To get one for less than 10K, you will need to buy an ’06 or older model and be willing to accept 100,000 on the odometer.

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper Under $10,000The Mini is a great minimalist car that delivers on a fun driving experience. Fuel efficiency is above average and these are dependable cars so long as they have not been modified. You may have to shop for an ’04 or older to hit the 10K point for a base model or an ’02 to get the supercharged S trim option.

Scion xB

Scion xB under $10,000I am personally a fan of the boxy and weird, hence the Scion xB makes the list. It doesn’t hurt that you can buy an ’08 model with less than 80,000 miles for our price point. Add the low price to a fuel rating of 30 mpg in the city whether you chose an automatic or manual transmission and you can see my argument for these rolling boxes. Oh, yeah, these vehicles do very well in safety testing by the NHTSA and the IIHS as well.

Volvo S60

Volvo S60 under $10KVolvo is legendary for its safety and reliability, not so for its styling. Admittedly, the company offered some ugly monsters for quite a few years. That changed several years ago. Volvo completely restyled all of its offerings and threw in a few more creature comforts as well. The S60 is Volvo’s mid-range sedan and hits nicely on all of the points we are trying to address in this article. You can find a plethora of 2008 and older S60s for under 10K. Most of the 2007 and 2008s for that price point will also have less than 110,000 miles on them.

Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius under $10KIt seems as if you can not discuss fuel efficient cars without getting around to the Toyota Prius. Everyone knows about the safety and reliability of everything made by Toyota, so we will skip a discussion on that point. You can find many Prii for less than 10 grand if you look for an ’08 or older model. All of them will have in excess of 100K miles, though. With a hybrid that should throw up a small red flag…the battery for the electric engine. These batteries have a life span that may expire around the 100-150K mile mark. It will rob you of fuel efficiency and can cost thousands to replace.

There are plenty of other used cars that you can buy for less than $10,000. These are just a few of the best available. If you want to go even cheaper, go here to learn more about the best cars under $5000.

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