10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000

According to Kelley Blue Book, these are the top 10 best used cars for reliable transportation under $8,000. They won’t provide you with the latest tech or the best looking paint job, but if a monthly car payment is still intimidating for you, check out these cars first.

1. 2010 Kia Soul
Surprising, right? This used car is a great alternative if you can’t afford a full on SUV. It does come with some issues though, such as a failing blower motor and purge control valve. However, these repairs won’t break the bank.

2. 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata
If you can make do with a 2 seater, you will love this car. It has go-kart like handling and is incredibly fun and easy to navigate through traffic with. This used car comes with some overheating issues, so just check your coolant system and hoses fairly often.

3. 2007 Subaru Impreza
Subaru has continued to impress in recent years. It’s reliable transportation with the added bonus of all-wheel drive. Potential issues include a worn out catalytic converter and AC evaporator.

4. 2007 Nissan Maxima
This mid-size sedan offers a certain amount of luxury and a nice ride quality. With poor maintenance however, you could be looking at a failed transmission after 100,000 miles.

5. 2006 Subaru Outback
The Outback has similar issues as the Impreza, but it is one of our top choices for a safe and reliable family car with excellent cargo space.

6. 2008 Ford Crown Victoria
This vehicle has proved year after year that it is built for extended mileage. Potential repairs include the windshield wiper motor burning out and problems with the throttle actuator causing poor acceleration.

7. 2008 Toyota Corolla
There’s a reason there are so many of these on the road. With routine maintenance, this sedan has the least amount of repair issues out of any vehicle in its class.

8. 2010 Honda Civic
The most common issue with this Civic is a air compressor relay that stays on with the car is shut off causing a dead battery when parked. It’s an easy fix and inexpensive. Plus, the tire pressure monitoring system sometimes gives false readings.

9. 2007 Honda Accord
Well-cared for, this sedan will give you another 100,000 miles even used. Some issues include oil consumption problems and needing to replace the catalytic converter.

10. 2006 Toyota Avalon
This sedan gets our winning slot on the top 10 list. It’s quiet, comfortable and reliable. It comes with minimal repair issues. KBB’s master mechanic sites only a minor rear suspension noise and the flat doors can easily attract door dings. Clearly, the best choice for a used car under $8,000.

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