Top Ten Most Reliable Used Cars - Under $10K

If you're buying a used vehicle, you're probably looking for one that's safe, efficient, and reliable. With the proper research and foresight, you can get all three. Buying used is usually a safe bet, especially if you're using a trusted dealer. However, doing your own research is always a good idea. Searching the make and model of your chosen car can bring up consumer reviews, common flaws, and critical reviews, all of which can help you determine if it's worth the money you're going to spend on it.

While it may be tempting to go for a cheaper model, you might be forfeiting reliability for some added savings. This extra money might get thrown into towing fees, repairs, and other expenses. Worst case scenario, the car ends up being a bust, and you'll have to replace it in one to two years instead of three to five. To avoid this, some research may be in order. Every year, more reliable models are evaluated and recommended to used car buyers. This includes everything, from sedans and sports cars to full-size SUVs and trucks. The following list can give you some insight on which cars are worth your looking into.

2008 Acura RL
While it didn't quite succeed as a luxury vehicle, the 2008
Acura RL made up for what it lacked in appearance with good reviews. High safety scores, four-wheel drive, and a sleek design make this car worth looking at, and it has a 5-star ranking when it comes to reliability. The average re-sell price for this model is $8,500, which makes it one of the nicer deals on this list.

2009 Hyundai Genesis
Similar to the 2008 Acura RL, the
Hyundai Genesis was released and marketed as an affordable luxury vehicle. It comes with a V6 or V8 engine, has impeccable safety scores, and many critics comment on its smooth handling. Over the years, they've shown their worth as reliable vehicles, and are a good choice for anyone looking for a full-size luxury sedan. Their price today usually evens out near $8,000, which is quite a steal.

2009 Saturn Outlook
Certainly one of the larger cars on this list, the 2009
Saturn Outlook is the perfect choice for anyone carrying larger loads. The Saturn Outlook has been ranked #1 in several national "Best Mid-Size SUV’s" lists, and it's only becoming more appealing as the years go on. All that, and this SUV has a rather low price-tag, with the average price evening out at about $7,300.

2010 Lexus ES
Like most Lexus vehicles, this car boasts a large interior and smooth handling. Along with a sleek exterior design and impressive consumer reviews, it is a promising addition to this list. Its safety ratings may not be as high as its competitors, but the 2010
Lexus ES comes equipped with all the luxury standards, from a fully-powered sunroof to Bluetooth connectivity.

2010 Ford Fusion
A regular name in many used-car markets, the
Ford Fusion has become a constant when it comes to midsize sedans. The 2010 model has the roomy interior of any Ford Fusion, but with a newer engine, better aesthetic design, and higher-ranked safety scores. Averaging at $7,550, they're a good investment for anyone who needs extra space in a mid-size sedan.

2010 Mazda Miata
If sportscars are more your style, the 2010
Mazda Miata may be the perfect choice. Both versatile and reliable, this model comes with both manual and automatic transmissions. As for luxury features, its hard/soft top options and impressive handling make it perfect for any roadster. They are one of the more expensive vehicles on this list (average price of $9,800), but they were voted as one of the most affordable sports cars on the market.

2009 Toyota Sienna
Finding a reliable, used minivan can be a challenge, but the 2009
Toyota Sienna has you covered. Hailed as one of the best minivans for the money, this model comes with 8 seats and all-wheel drive. While its safety ratings are not the best, this vehicle can pull quite a bit of weight. All that, and its average price is under $10,000.

2009 Audi A3
One of the best hatchbacks to ever hit the lots, the 2009
Audi A3 is still taking used car markets by storm. This car has a record for reliability, and the updated 2009 models come with optional all-wheel drive, leather upholstery, and sleeker exterior styling. The average price is about $7,750, which isn't bad considering its clean track record.

2007 Honda Accord
Despite being over a decade old, the
Accord still holds up - an impressive achievement for a car its age. With affordable pricing, high safety scores, and glowing consumer reviews, the 2007 Honda Accord has aged well, making it one of the most reliable vehicles on this list. Several configurations are available, and the average price is $5,100 or less.

2008 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Mercedes-Benz is an expensive name in many markets, but their older cars are becoming more affordable every year. This 2008
E-Class model is both affordable and reliable, according to many consumer reports. It's certainly not the most attractive car on this list, but its safety ratings and powerful engine make up for any aesthetic differences. They usually sell for around $9,400, a low-end cost for a high-end name.

Your car is supposed to do more than just get you from point A to point B. A reliable car should last for years, and not cost you hundreds of dollars in repair fees along the way. While it can be difficult to get a read on new cars, used vehicles usually have extensive reviews and consumer reports to base your opinion on. Buying used is a good idea, and not just because you're saving money. With proper research and background checks, you can leave the lot with a tested-and-true vehicle.

To save yourself the time, money, and stress of a problematic car, speak to the friendly and knowledgeable sales staff at Highline Automotive to help you find the car or truck that’s right for you. Whether it’s one of the cars listed above, or one of the many other vehicles in our
inventory, every car and truck we sell comes with a warranty and a free Carfax report. And regardless of your credit score, we will find a financing solution that fits your specific financial situation.

Check our inventory online, or stop in to see our vehicles in person, and we’ll find the right one for you, with financing you can afford. We’re conveniently located at 4343 Torresdale Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124.