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Ford Tops List of Best $10K Cars

/ Source: The Detroit Bureau
Image: Four 2009 Ford Focus vehicles sit with a 'Sale' sign under their hoods.
Four 2009 Ford Focus vehicles sit with a 'Sale' sign under their hoods at a Ford dealership in Royal Oak, Mich., in this 2009 file photo. Cars.com ranks the 2009 Focus as one of the top 10 used cars.Rebecca Cook / Reuters

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Not everyone can afford a new car or truck, but fortunately there are some great deals in the used car market. Cars.com released its list of top buys for around $10,000, and though it is dominated by Asian makers, Ford actually has the most cars on the list with three.

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Image: Four 2009 Ford Focus vehicles sit with a 'Sale' sign under their hoods.
Four 2009 Ford Focus vehicles sit with a 'Sale' sign under their hoods at a Ford dealership in Royal Oak, Mich., in this 2009 file photo. Cars.com ranks the 2009 Focus as one of the top 10 used cars.Rebecca Cook / Reuters

The 2009 Ford Focus, 2008 Ford Fusion and 2008 Ford Taurus all got approvals from the website. The Focus and Fusion were lauded for their handling while the Taurus received kudos for its large trunk and back seat as well as its ride and handling.

Today’s cars and trucks are more expensive than ever, averaging just more than $32,000, which prices many buyers out of the new vehicle market.

“The price gap between the average new and used car is right around $20,000,” according to Joe Wiesenfelder, executive editor, Cars.com. “There are a lot of great used cars on the market, and with a significant price difference between new and used cars, we know that many shoppers choose to go the used route.

“We sifted through a lot of data, crunched a lot of numbers, and from a pool of more than 60 candidates, we chose the 10 best used cars that shoppers can find for around $10,000.”

Here’s the rest of the list in alphabetical order. Full comments on the vehicles can be found here.

  • 2007 Honda Civic
  • 2009 Hyundai Sonata
  • 2008 Kia Sportage
  • 2008 Mazda6
  • 2007 Nissan Altima
  • 2008 Scion xB
  • 2007 Toyota Prius

“The used car market is constantly changing, and prices may vary from one city to another,” said Wiesenfelder. “We think these are all great, diverse options that pack a lot of value for every type of car shopper.”

-Michael Strong, The Detroit Bureau

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