Best Used Cars Under $5000

 
If you are on a budget, and you're looking to buy a used vehicle, you may want to start out by finding the best used cars for under 5000 dollars. This is a good starting point when searching for a pre-owned vehicle. You won't be able to get a late model car or truck for this price, but you can still find a reliable piece of transportation that should last. One of the nice things about buying a vehicle for under $5k is most of the depreciation is gone. This means you could sell the vehicle in a few years, and not lose that much, as long as you maintain it, and keep it in decent shape.

Shown below are our picks for the top 5 vehicles in this price range. The selections are based on a combination of dependability, fuel economy, and value. Prices for the vehicles are based on Kelley Blue Book data.
 
2003 Ford Focus
2003 Ford Focus The 2003 Ford Focus was chosen as one of the top cars for less than $5000 because it has a 4.5 out of 5 star rating from the readers of Edmunds.com and is known for getting over 30 mpg on the highway. Although it might not have all of the newest features as the latest version of the Focus, it is reliable and will get you where you need to go for cheap.
2002 Hyundai Elantra
2002 Hyundai Elantra Although in the past Hyundai's were known as a poor man's Toyota, by the start of this century, the quality had improved and these cars are one of the most recommended used cars on the market. Today, Hyundai's are some of the highest rated vehicles for quality, and it all started with this model of the Elantra. You can expect to get a combined 30 miles per gallon with this used car.
2003 Saturn Ion
2003 Saturn Ion Although the Saturn name plate is no longer being manufactured, there are still a large number of consumers that love their Saturns. The '03 Ion was the first year for this model, and reviews are excellent. You should average around 30 mpg with this ride, and the reliability ranks near the top of spectrum for the small car segment.
2003 Subaru Impreza Outback
2003 Subaru Impreza Outback This fun to drive vehicle is also reliable and has above average crash test ratings. The 2.0L engine when mated with the turbo charger will allow you to feel like you're in a race car. Just remember the harder you drive this beast, the worse gas mileage you are going to get. The Impreza has been called a poor man's sports car, and once you drive one, you'll understand why.
1997 Mazda Miata MX-5
1997 Mazda Miata MX-5 Speaking of sports cars, what fun would a list of the best cheap cars be without a true sports car? The Mazda Miata convertible is a sheer joy to drive, and can be found for under $5000 in good condition. Although the gas mileage is not as good as today's four cylinder vehicles, there aren't many inexpensive cars today that can match the styling of the Miata.


Using the search box below, you can search for any of these vehicles in your area, along with other makes and models not listed. Another option is to use the money you have as a partial down payment for a nicer vehicle with less miles on it. Many financed vehicles will come with a warranty, so you won't need to worry about the high cost of repairs that often come with lower priced vehicles. You could also get approved for zero down financing, and you can save your cash for other expenses.
 
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Make Results Zip Code Radius Max. Price
 

Vehicles Less Than $5k

 
2006 Ford Ranger
2006 Ford Ranger
Price:
$4,900

Miles:
134,845
Mt Pleasant, MI
Offered by:
University Motor Mall MP
Location:
Mt Pleasant
,
MI
48858
2000 Honda CR-V
2000 Honda CR-V
Price:
$3,995

Miles:
242,632
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Offered by:
Page Honda of Bloomfield
Location:
Bloomfield Hills
,
MI
48302
2008 Ford Focus
2008 Ford Focus
Price:
$4,995

Miles:
133,122
Wayne, MI
Offered by:
Discount Auto Sales
Location:
Wayne
,
MI
48184
2003 Chevrolet Malibu
2003 Chevrolet Malibu
Price:
$3,599

Miles:
114,791
Highland, MI
Offered by:
Jay Chevrolet
Location:
Highland
,
MI
48357
2004 Chevrolet Malibu
2004 Chevrolet Malibu
Price:
$4,495

Miles:
119,000
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
B.J.'s Auto Sales
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48910
1998 Pontiac Trans Sport
1998 Pontiac Trans Sport
Price:
$3,998

Miles:
115,481
Grand Rapids, MI
Offered by:
Fox Ford
Location:
Grand Rapids
,
MI
49512
2006 Chevrolet Impala
2006 Chevrolet Impala
Price:
$4,495

Miles:
154,328
Roseville, MI
Offered by:
Gregory J Auto Sales, Inc.
Location:
Roseville
,
MI
48066
1997 Pontiac Firebird
1997 Pontiac Firebird
Price:
$4,995

Miles:
111,486
Sterling Heights, MI
Offered by:
Sterling Heights Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM
Location:
Sterling Heights
,
MI
48313
2004 Buick Regal
2004 Buick Regal
Price:
$3,900

Miles:
198,217
Grand Ledge, MI
Offered by:
Sundance Chevrolet
Location:
Grand Ledge
,
MI
48837
1997 Buick Century
1997 Buick Century
Price:
$1,495

Miles:
135,121
Lansing, MI
Offered by:
North Lansing Auto Connection
Location:
Lansing
,
MI
48906
1992 Honda Accord
1992 Honda Accord
Price:
$1,900

Miles:
273,746
Toledo, OH
Offered by:
Brown Mazda
Location:
Toledo
,
OH
43615
2003 Hyundai Tiburon
2003 Hyundai Tiburon
Price:
$4,100

Miles:
96,508
Fraser, MI
Offered by:
Motor City Auto Auction
Location:
Fraser
,
MI
48026
 
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