With the average new car purchase price hovering near $34,000, many consumers in the market for a car aren’t exactly rushing out to plunk down that much money or take out loans with large monthly payments. That fact alone makes used cars more attractive, especially when you can find reliable, solid transportation that will last several years.
With this in mind, Kelley Blue Book, the respected vehicle evaluation and information source, put together its 2016 list of the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000. Here we take a brief look at each of KBB’s top 10 picks.
Note that the range of prices are for the year, make and model of vehicles for sale on iSeeCars.com.
#1 – 2006 Toyota Avalon – Looking for a nearly full-size used family sedan that won’t break the budget? The fact that the 2006 Toyota Avalon was also considered “superbly refined” at the time doesn’t diminish over time – especially if it’s been well cared for. The roomy interior has quality that approaches that of upscale Lexus, Toyota’s premium brand. As for pricing, look for 2006 Toyota Avalon to range from $5,998-$7,995 for Avalon Touring; $5,999-$7,994 for Avalon Limited; $6,750-$7,995 for Avalon XLS, and Avalon XL from $6,488-$7,998.
#2 – 2007 Honda Accord – As family sedans go, you can’t go wrong with a Honda Accord. The 2007 Accord sedan is roomy, comfortable, good on gas, attractive looking and practical enough for everyday use. You also get the legendary Honda reliability, a factor that’s high on many used-car shopper’s list. Pricing ranges from $5,990 for and Accord LX to $8,000 for the Accord LX-P. Also in the under $8,000 mix are Accord EX, EX-L, LX-P, and LX-S.
#3 – 2010 Honda Civic – One of only two 2010 model year vehicles on the list, the 2010 Honda Civic is an excellent choice for a second or third or fourth car in the family. Whether commuting to work or school, the fuel economy’s good, reliability always impressive, and you know you’ve got a solid car. Pricing ranges from $6,250 for a Civic EX-S to $8,000 for Civic EX. There are also many Civic LX models available in the $6,995-$7,900 range.
#4 – 2008 Toyota Corolla – Roomy interior, excellent fuel economy, good cabin quality and stellar reliability mark the 2008 Toyota Corolla small car. It’s an economical car, although it lacks personality. Still, the Corolla can be a great addition to the family, especially at prices ranging from $2,950-$7,888 for Corolla LE, $3,999-$7,995 for Corolla S, and $6,995-$7,588 for Corolla CE.
#5 – 2008 Ford Crown Victoria – It may look and feel like a police car to some, but the 2008 Ford Crown Victoria LX was also a popular, reliable family sedan back in the day. It’s big, roomy and comfortable, with a huge trunk. That makes well-maintained Crown Victoria sedans available today a good used car deal. Check out prices ranging from $3,000-$7,995 for the Crown Victoria Police Interceptor and for the Crown Victoria LX sedan from $4,595 to $7,995.
#6 – 2006 Subaru Outback – For an all-weather, go-anywhere terrain used family vehicle at a reasonable price, definitely take a look at the 2006 Subaru Outback. Strong power, luxurious feel to the interior, nimble on- and off-road, lots of standard equipment, including standard all-wheel drive are no-brainer selling points. As for pricing, it ranges from $5,500-$8,000 for Outback 2.5i Limited, to $4,995-$8,000 for Outback 2.5i. The Outback 3.0 R L.L. Bean is in the $7,795 range.
#7 – 2007 Nissan Maxima – Powerful V6 engine, roomy cabin, upscale features and a smooth, comfortable ride are highlights of the 2007 Nissan Maxima sedan. Styling was a little refreshed for the 2007 model year as well. Pricing ranges from $4,500-$7,995 for Maxima 3.5 SE to $5,990-$7,995 for Maxima 3.5 SL.
#8 – 2007 Subaru Impreza – Standard all-wheel drive is a hallmark for all Subaru vehicles, and the 2007 Impreza, available in coupe, sedan and wagon models, doesn’t disappoint for versatility or performance, either. Interior has been called a bit “Spartan,” and rear-seat room is somewhat cramped. Pricing ranges from $5,499-$7,900 for Impreza 2.5i.
#9 – 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Hands down, it doesn’t get any better for convertible thrills than the 2006 Mazda MX-5 Miata – for used cars, that is. Legendary “zoom-zoom” excitement in a tidy, great-looking car that’s frugal to operate are plusses. Pricing ranges from $4,790-$7,920 for the MX-5 Miata Sport, $6,785-$7,900 for Touring, and $7,989-$8,000 for Base.
#10 – 2010 Kia Soul –The only other 2010 vehicle on the KBB list of used cars under $8,000 is the 2010 Kia Soul. This funky runabout makes a statement for drivers of all lifestyles. Kids love them, as do seniors, family members looking for an additional car, anyone, really, with a can-do attitude and a bit of quirkiness. Look for prices ranging from $5,250 for Soul+ to $7,991 for Soul Base and Soul!, with Soul Sport available from $6,999-$7,995.
Keep in mind that pricing varies according to model, condition, location, optional equipment and a few other factors. Always do a test drive, get a vehicle report so you know the car’s history, and it’s also a good idea to have a mechanic thoroughly inspect the vehicle so you know it’s in good working order before you decide to buy. It’s only a great deal if you check off all the boxes and are satisfied.
As we see it, these 10 used cars are some excellent choices for whatever your transportation needs.