These are halcyon days: Gas is cheap, the dollar is strong, and there are plenty of great used cars available for under $10,000. Whether you’re looking for a family do-it-all, a sporty runabout, or a weekend warrior, there are options for everyone that will inspire more than mere appreciation for your mobility appliance—they’ll become part of the family.
These cute, efficient sedans may look compact, but offer a surprising amount of room up front and in the trunk. The back seat is a bit smaller than you’l find in full-sized sedans, but it’s still completely usable for teens, children, and car seats, as well as medium-sized adults. Efficient engines pair with a sporty Mazda chassis to deliver equal parts mature responsibility and youthful joy.
Whichever year of Honda Fit you buy, you’ll have one of the most intelligently designed uses of space available. Clever folding/flip up rear seats and a shockingly spacious cargo area allow the Fit to do some things even full-size SUVs can’t do. Add Honda’s excellent build quality, an efficient engine, and the Fit’s charming but understated style, and you have an instant classic.
The Ford F-series of trucks has long been America’s best-selling vehicle line, and for good reason. Whether you’re looking to use it for work, play, or daily duty, there’s a configuration that will work for you. Two doors, four-doors, 4x4 or not, various bed lengths and towing capacities—there’s almost endless variability.
Reliable, typically inexpensive to maintain and repair, and massively capable, the Ford F-150 is one of the best values on the market.
Whether it’s fun in the sun or a weekend crawling a rocky trail you’re after, the Jeep Wrangler can deliver. While they’re not particularly quick or efficient, Wranglers are known for their easy-going city demeanor and mountain goat back country abilities. Straight from the factory floor, the Wrangler is one of the most impressive off-road vehicles available at any price.
Small, sporty, and cute—a theme at Mazda—the Miata is the world’s best-selling sports car of all time. There are many reasons the Miata owns that title, but its lightweight, lower power, open-top formula have been winning our hearts since 1989. Whether you’re looking at an early 1990s model or one from the late 2010s, those core traits remain in place. For sports car enthusiasts, the question isn’t whether you’re own a Miata—it’s when.
So what are you waiting for? Fire up the Instamotor app and get to searching for great used cars near you! With Instamotor, you’re not buying from a dealer, but from a private party, increasing the value of your dollar and decreasing your hassle. Don’t forget to implement some of our buying advice, too, including how to get an inspection before you buy, how to get a private party auto loan, the key things you should do on your test drive, and be sure you know how much car you can really afford.
automotive freelance journalist