Best Used Cars Under $6,000

What kind of best used cars under $6,000 can you reasonably find today? Don’t fret. There are actually quite a few bargains available. Of course, they’ll be older models, and most likely won’t have all the bells and whistles. Some will be discontinued cars and may even be hard to find. Do all the right things such as get a professional inspection and obtain a vehicle history report – before you make an offer.

For this list of Best Used Cars Under $6,000, we checked Consumer Reports “Best Used Vehicles for Under $20,000” in the $4,000-$6,000 price range. We then checked pricing using Edmunds True Market Value (TMV). Here’s our selection of Best Used Cars Under $6,000:

2001 Acura CLThis now-discontinued (2003 was its last year) luxury coupe model was all-new from the ground up in 2001 with upgraded 3.2-liter V6 engines, new 5-speed transmission, and lots of standard equipment. Edmunds commenting on the 2001 Acura TL says: “Subdued yet elegant styling, powerful V6 engines, lavish standard features list, comfortable cabin, impressive handling.” For a little extra zoom, buy Type-S. Edmunds TMV for the 2001 Acura CL ranges from $5,911 (3.2) to $6,744 (3.2 Type-S with navigation).

2003 Buick RegalWith its spacious interior, clean styling, and powerful supercharged V6 in the GS model, the 2003 Buick Regal may just be the ticket for an affordable midsize car with a little zip. Although the Regal then was ready for a makeover, the price today is right – with Edmunds TMV ranging from $5,745 (LS) to $7,260 (GS). Consumer Guide remarks: “Regal is less refined than Honda Accord or Toyota Camry, though it is competitively priced and – except for GM’s cost cutting regarding ABS and the side airbag – is well equipped.”

2004 Mercury Sable SedanSharing a platform with corporate sibling, Ford Taurus, the 2004 Mercury Sable never quite got out from under the Taurus shadow – but it’s still a good deal for a midsize sedan in the under $6,000 price range. Edmunds TMV for the 2004 Mercury Sable sedan ranges from $5,251 (GS) to $6,378 (LS Premium). Edmunds comments: “Standard equipment was generous on the lower levels, with the LS models providing upscale items like power-adjustable pedals, a power driver seat, automatic climate control and leather upholstery.”

2000 Infiniti I30At the time, Consumer Guide gave the 2000 Infiniti I30 premium midsize sedan a Recommended nod, saying: “We’re disappointed that heated seats and traction control aren’t standard, but the I30 counts among its many assets fine performance, comfort, solidity, and reasonable prices. Add in Infiniti’s sterling reputation for customer satisfaction and this new sedan is a sound, near-luxury buy.” Edmunds TMV pricing for the 2000 Infiniti I30 ranges from $4,869 (Base) to $5,143 (Touring).

    Want still more choices for Best Used Cars Under $6,000? Searching through the Consumer Reports list, you’ll find other potential bargains in the 2000 Acura TL, 2001 Acura Integra, 2004 Buick Century;, 2003-2005 Hyundai Sonata, 2000-2002 Mercury Grand Marquis, 2000 Infiniti G20, 2001-2001 Lincoln Continental, 2002-2003 Mitsubishi Lancer, and 2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI.

    It’s worth noting that what is a bargain to one person may not be to you. Be sure whichever make/model/year you choose meets your needs as well as your wallet.

    See a list of all currently available for sale used cars under $6,000.

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    About Suzanne Kane

    Suzanne Kane, an automotive writer with over 30 years of experience, covers the latest consumer, product and other auto-related information for iSeeCars. Originally from Michigan, with automotive roots going back through the family for decades with the original Big Three – GM, Ford, and Chrysler – Suzanne has always loved cars. You name it, and she’s either owned or driven it.

    Comments

    1. exacuraowner at September 24, 2010

      2001 acura cl? are you serious? this whole line had transmission problems… I personally was going up a hill and the tranny went out!! Good Luck !

       
    2. iSeeCars Team at September 26, 2010

      Thanks for your comment thoughts / comments. We included the car because Consumer Reports listed the 2001 Acura CL in its “Best Used Vehicles for Under $20,000” in the $4,000-$6,000 price range. Checking Consumer Guide for reliability on 2001-2003 Acura CL models, the publication noted two different items on transmissions – both of which prompted Honda/Acura to extend the warranty coverage to 7 years/100,000 miles. Other consumer reviews posted in Edmunds of the 2001 Acura CL say they’ve loved the car, even some who had to have the transmission replaced. Sorry you had problems, but hopefully the automaker took care of the issue and you are otherwise happy with your 2001 Acura CL.

       

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