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The aughts and early teens were good years for automakers. More than a decade later, these makes and models are ready for more miles and selling for less than ten grand — though some in excellent condition or with aftermarket mods may run you a little more.
2008-2012 Honda Accord
The eighth generation of Honda’s long-time success story, 2008-2012 Accords are slightly larger than previous versions. These full-size cars are always a practical choice for budget shoppers in the Beehive State … and beyond.
2005-2012 Toyota Avalon
If it’s comfortable cruising you’re after, you can’t go wrong with a Toyota Avalon of any age. Loaded with luxury features and space for five adults, this sedan is Toyota’s best-kept secret.
2003-2009 Toyota Prius
Want a budget buy with maximum mpg? Toyota Prius is your answer. The hipster hybrid was redesigned in 2003, improving its fuel efficiency rating and giving it sleeker styling.
2009-2013 Mazda Mazda3
Remember Mazda’s “Zoom-Zoom” commercials? Though the marketing campaign was launched in 2000, the message still pertains to this Mazda3 generation. The economy car is fun to drive and delivers dynamic performance.
2007-2013 Honda Fit
Often overlooked in the Honda lineup, this five-seater is another great buy. Honda Fit is more spacious and capable than it might appear. Clever “Magic Seats” in the rear offer options for carrying cargo.