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Best Used Cars Under $5,000

U.S. News & World Report - Cars Logo By Kristen Hall-Geisler of U.S. News & World Report - Cars | Slide 1 of 17: When you’re looking for inexpensive, reliable wheels, it can be hard to know where to start. This is especially true when your budget is limited to $5,000. The miles on the odometer are likely to be high, and the safety tech is probably outdated.But there are decent, cheap cars out there that can get you to where you need to be on time. Every used car has its own story, but there are a few benchmarks to use when you begin your search.We’ve collected the 15 best used cars under $5,000, which gives you quite a range of choices. They are all under 10 years old (though not by much), and they have high overall scores from U.S. News. We paid special attention to reliability, safety, and cost of ownership scores in this slideshow, as those are probably high on any must-haves list for a used car shopper.These cars do have some drawbacks, like a lack of up-to-the-minute infotainment and driver assistance technology. But they often have more than you might expect, from USB and Bluetooth connections to stability control and rearview cameras. Some of these features were available as options, so look for higher trim levels to find more modern technologies.As new information comes in, even about older used cars, we update our scores. Any scores mentioned here might not exactly match what you find on our rankings pages.Read on to see the best used cars under $5,000.

Great Cars for Buyers on a Budget

When you’re looking for inexpensive, reliable wheels, it can be hard to know where to start. This is especially true when your budget is limited to $5,000. The miles on the odometer are likely to be high, and the safety tech is probably outdated.

But there are decent, cheap cars out there that can get you to where you need to be on time. Every used car has its own story, but there are a few benchmarks to use when you begin your search.

We’ve collected the 15 best used cars under $5,000, which gives you quite a range of choices. They are all under 10 years old (though not by much), and they have high overall scores from U.S. News. We paid special attention to reliability, safety, and cost of ownership scores in this slideshow, as those are probably high on any must-haves list for a used car shopper.

These cars do have some drawbacks, like a lack of up-to-the-minute infotainment and driver assistance technology. But they often have more than you might expect, from USB and Bluetooth connections to stability control and rearview cameras. Some of these features were available as options, so look for higher trim levels to find more modern technologies.

As new information comes in, even about older used cars, we update our scores. Any scores mentioned here might not exactly match what you find on our rankings pages.

Read on to see the best used cars under $5,000.

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