CARS.COM — At Cars.com, we focus on new cars, but when it comes to overall car sales, used cars own the field. CNW Marketing Research reports shoppers bought more than 40 million of them in 2012, the highest total since 2007. For every new car sold, nearly three used cars changed hands.
Shoppers are still taking the used route despite near-record used-car prices, which soared so high that we suspended our $10,000 used-car recommendations — once a regular Cars.com feature — for two years. Blame the recession, which slashed new-car sales and the resulting supply of late-model used cars that are typically traded in for them. Used-car prices are coming back to earth, according to Manheim’s Used Vehicle Value Index, but that’s not to say used-car prices are low again. They have ebbed enough to give $10K cars another go.
We looked at any cars from 2006 or later — more model years than we usually consider. Restricting the pool by another model year or two would have left us with very few candidates that meet our reliability and safety standards.
Here are 10 late-model pre-owned vehicles we recommend that you should be able to find for around $10,000. They’re listed alphabetically by manufacturer: