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Who doesn’t love a good deal? Inexpensive but reliable, these makes and models are some of the best you can buy for less than five grand. Usually, that is — prices may vary based on the condition of the vehicle, as well as aftermarket modifications.
2004-2008 Acura TSX
Offering great driving dynamics, the first-generation TSX is a comfortable and enjoyable commuter. It has a solid engine and transmission. Think of it as a smaller, more engaging Honda Accord (because that’s what it is in Europe).
1993-1997 Ford Ranger
Trucks just aren’t made this small anymore, so if you’re in the market for a petite pickup buy a 1993-1997 Ford Ranger while you can. Dependable and inexpensive to maintain, Ford Ranger is the quintessential small work truck.
1998-2007 Honda Accord and Civic
The 1998-2007 Honda Accords and Civics are enduring and fun to drive. Easily besting 30 mpg, these are perfect commuter cars — if you don’t mind the old-school stereo and lack of Bluetooth.
1990-2000 Jeep Wrangler
Jeep sells a lot of Wranglers, and these boxy SUVs are a great way to break into the offroad community. With an abundance of parts available as well as excellent resale value, an older Jeep Wrangler is a solid buy.
2005-2009 Subaru Outback
Fun, frugal and Fido-approved? Dog-owning stereotypes aside, it still describes Subaru Outback perfectly. The 2005-2009 models have well-equipped interiors, all-season abilities and all the other must-haves for Utah driving.