Top 10 best used cars under $8,000 in 2019


If you’ve been pricing new cars, you know that they are more expensive than ever.

However, there are plenty of good used-car alternatives out there. While $8,000 isn’t going to get you the newest technology, if you do your homework you can find good, reliable transportation. Based on the research and recommendations of Kelley Blue Book, here are the 10 Best Used Cars under $8,000.

10. 2010 Kia Soul

2010 Kia Soul

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.5 / 5

28 MPG Combined
26 City / 31 Highway

One of the most uniquely styled vehicles out there, the cool Kia Soul isn’t your typical-looking car, but has the practicality hatchback buyers crave. It’s roomier than you think, and will carry a lot of cargo or haul passengers in surprising comfort. If you’re looking for an alternative to a small SUV and don’t need all-wheel drive, the Soul will fill the bill.

9. 2009 Mazda3

2009 Mazda3

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.7 / 5

24 MPG Combined
22 City / 28 Highway

A perennial member of our 10 Coolest New Cars Under $18,000, the Mazda3 will not only provide you reliable, fuel-efficient personal transport, but is also filled with fun-to-drive character. It’s available as a sedan or a hatchback, each practical in its own way.

8. 2008 Subaru Impreza

2008 Subaru Impreza

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.5 / 5

22 MPG Combined
20 City / 27 Highway

The Subaru Impreza, offered as a sedan or wagon, offers inexpensive, reliable transportation with the added benefit of all-wheel drive. That can be a huge advantage in bad weather where it can mean the difference between getting to your destination or getting stuck.

7. 2008 Nissan Maxima

2008 Nissan Maxima

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.2 / 5

21 MPG Combined
19 City / 25 Highway

A class up from midsize sedans like the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry and Nissan Altima, the 2008 Nissan Maxima is a sporty and comfortable sedan with a good track record. It offers a roomy interior, a higher level of equipment and luxury, and pleasant ride characteristics.

6. 2007 Subaru Outback

2007 Subaru Outback

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.4 / 5

22 MPG Combined
20 City / 26 Highway

Known for its poise in all weather conditions, the all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback was available as a sedan and a wagon in the 2007 model year, with trim levels ranging from low-key to downright luxurious. While you might prefer the styling of the sedan, the wagon will give you the advantage of more cargo space.

5. 2010 Ford Crown Victoria

2010 Ford Crown Victoria

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.7 / 5

19 MPG Combined
16 City / 24 Highway

Long the favorite of limo drivers, taxi drivers, and police forces, the Crown Victoria has proven reliable over the long run — even when driven hard. Plus, you will be thoroughly impressed by the rear seat space and how deep the Crown Vic’s trunk is.

4. 2009 Toyota Corolla

2009 Toyota Corolla

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.5 / 5

30 MPG Combined
27 City / 35 Highway

Compared to other cars in its segment, the Corolla seems to be “overbullt” like most Toyotas. That translates to solid reliability with few problems. For 2009, there’s a choice of a fuel-efficient base engine or a larger 4-cylinder engine that offers more performance.

3. 2009 Honda Civic

2009 Honda Civic

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.5 / 5

29 MPG Combined
25 City / 36 Highway

Generation after generation, the Honda Civic has been the benchmark for compact cars. It isn’t just incredibly reliable; it is also refined and a lot of fun to drive. Available in both coupe and four-door models, the coupe has a more attractive style, but we’d suggest the four-door for its utility.

2. 2007 Honda Accord

2007 Honda Accord

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.7 / 5

25 MPG Combined
21 City / 31 Highway

While you have to go back to 2007 to find a Honda Accord for under $8,000, that strong resale value is an indication of how much quality, reliability and value the Accord offers. The 2007 Accord was a comfortable, economical and surprisingly fun-to-drive car new, and well-maintained examples remain so to this day.

1. 2007 Toyota Avalon

2007 Toyota Avalon

🌕🌕🌕🌕🌗  4.7 / 5

23 MPG Combined
20 City / 28 Highway

The Toyota Avalon is a contemporary sedan that’s big, quiet and comfortable, tailor-made for miles of effortless travel. Not only is the Toyota Avalon made in America, it was also designed and developed in America to suit American tastes. As is the case with Toyotas, the Avalon is also remarkably reliable.