The Best Used Cars to Buy on a Budget

For most used car buyers, budget is a factor, and whether you’re working on a shoestring or have a bit of a higher budget, Greg Coats Cars & Trucks will have options to suit your needs. Our experience in the industry gives us insight into which used cars are a good buy, so we’ve put together a guide of some of our top picks at various price points. 

Best Used Cars Under $10,000

2007 BMW 3 Series
$9,450

Slide behind the wheel of a luxury car for less than $10k! The 2007 BMW boasts unbeatable handling with the power of a sports car in a comfortable sedan that seats up to 5. It gets extremely good ratings from critics and drivers, and it earned a Top Safety Pick (or Top Safety Pick+ depending on the model) from IIHS. The car was updated for 2007, and changes include the addition of a twin-turbocharged engine and slightly large interior. 

2014 Toyota Yaris
$8,900

The subcompact Yaris has an excellent reliability rating and fuel economy that make it an excellent choice for drivers on a tight budget. You won’t have to visit the gas station very often, because the Yaris gives you 30 MPG in the city and 37 MPG on the highway. The car is comfortable for its category and earned a 4-star safety rating from the NHTSA.

2016 Chevy Spark
$9,885

One reason this is a great used car option is because there haven’t been any significant changes, so the features on the 2016 are pretty much the same as on the brand new 2021 models. It was redesigned for 2016 and got some impressive upgrades, including a standard 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and available onboard Wi-Fi. 

2014 Nissan Leaf
$9,800

You won’t worry when you watch the gas prices go up if you have a Nissan Leaf in your garage. The car seats five comfortably, and it comes well-equipped with a rearview camera, USB port, and satellite radio. If you purchase a used Leaf in an upper trim level, you’ll also enjoy onboard navigation and a Bose audio system.  

Best Used Cars Under $20,000

2017 Kia Rio
$11,950

The surprisingly well-appointed interior helps the 2017 Kia Rio to stand out from other subcompact cars. Enjoy exceptional gas mileage with 27 MPG in the city and 36 MPG on the highway along with a 4 out of 5 reliability rating from J.D. Power. The Rio also got good safety ratings from the NHTSA.

2014 Ford Edge
$18,950

You don’t have to spend a lot to get a top-rated mid-size SUV, and the 2014 Ford Edge is proof of that. The vehicle earned a place on U.S. News & World Reports’ list of Most Affordable SUVs, and the premium features give you the feeling of driving a luxury car—without the luxury price. If you find an SE model, you’ll enjoy updates such as leather seats, USB ports, and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. All are equipped with the MyKey system, which allows you to set a speed limit for young drivers. 

2015 Hyundai Sonata
$13,950

This used car is hard to beat in the mid-size sedan category. From the excellent gas mileage (28 MPG city and 38 MPG highway) to the standard 7-inch touchscreen and from the four-star reliability rating from J.D. Power to the 5-star safety rating from the NTSHA, it’s easy to see why the Sonata should be on your radar when you’re in the market for a used car. 

2012 Toyota Rav4
$15,950

This compact SUV doesn’t feel compact thanks to the roomy first and second-row seats. It also delivers more power than you might expect from a vehicle in this category courtesy of the V6 engine that pushes up to 269 HP. Another surprise in the 2012 Rav4 is the cargo space of 36.4 cubic feet, which expands to 73 if you include the seat area. 

Best Used Cars $25,000+

2016 Dodge Challenger
$44,950

If you want a fast used car that turns head, the 2016 Dodge Challenger is a stylish choice. Several engine options were available, including a 6.4 litre V8 that delivers up to 707 HP. Even with all the power, you’ll enjoy a comfortable ride. The Challenger also features an easy-to-use infotainment system. The car earned a 5-star rating from the NHTSA for overall and side impact. While that rating dropped to 4 stars for front and rollover safety, that’s still a very good score. 

2010 Jeep Wrangler
$21,950

There are reasons Jeep lovers are fiercely loyal, and a 2010 Jeep Wrangler is an affordable option that lets you see what all the fuss is about. Keep in the mind that Wrangler is designed for off-road use, so the ride may not be as smooth as with some other compact SUVs. But if you want a car for the daily commute that can head straight to the campsite on the weekend, this is it. The 3.8 liter V6 gives you 202 HP and 237 lb-ft of torque. That, plus features like fog lights, tow hooks, and a digital compass ensure you’re ready for off-road adventures. 

2020 Chevy Suburban
$55,950

Need a roomy ride with enough space for a large family? The 2020 Chevy Suburban has seating for up to nine, and even when at capacity still feels spacious. This is a big vehicle, and it’s powered by a big engine that delivers up to 420 HP. The Suburban makes many drivers feel safe just because of its size, but the Suburban also comes with impressive safety features, including anti-lock brakes, stability controls, and front, side, and overhead airbags. 

Greg Coats Cars & Trucks maintains a large inventory of quality pre-owned cars and trucks, and our team will help you find what you need. Safety is important and we want our customers to feel comfortable, so we have Covid-19 protocols in place, so you can get the car you need and feel safe while doing so.