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Ranked: Best used cars under $10,000

The Honda Civic was a good buy when it was new and it continues to be one today.

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It's not just new cars that people are after. The used car market is full of good cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that are available at prices far lower than a brand new car.

iSeeCars, a car search engine, analyzed over 6.1 million cars from model years 2011 and newer to determine the used cars that demonstrated long-term reliability and have an average safety rating of at least 4 stars out of 5 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Shoppers with a budget of $10,000 can purchase the following reliable vehicles that are less than 10 years old.

2011 Toyota Prius

2011 Toyota Prius

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc.

Average Used Price: $9,076
The five-passenger Toyota Prius was new for the 2010 model year and mostly unchanged for 2011. In the second-generation Prius buyers could get a moonroof with solar panels, four driving modes, a guidance parking system, and steering wheel controls on their Prius when it was new.

2012 Chevrolet Impala

2012 Chevrolet Impala

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Average Used Price: $9,240
The Chevrolet Impala is spacious and reliable. It isn't as well-appointed as some of its rivals, but it is powered by a strong 300-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine that is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

2011 Honda Accord

2011 Honda Accord

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Average Used Price: $9,363
The Honda Accord was upgraded for 2011 with increased fuel economy, fresh from and rear fascia, a new SE trim level, and two engine options (four-cylinder or V6). Some models were available with paddle shifters and navigaton when the Accord was new.

2012 Honda Civic Coupe

2012 Honda Civic Coupe

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Average Used Price: $9,406
Honda redesigned the Civic for the 2012 model year debuting a more streamlined look, spacious cabin, and enhanced technology. When the model was new, it was available with a USB audio interface, Bluetooth, navigation, and voice recognition technology.

2013 Mazda Mazda6

2013 Mazda Mazda6

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Average Used Price: $9,534
Mazda strived to make the Mazda6 a true sports sedan. It was available with either a four-cylinder or V6 engine and came standard with automatic headlight shutoff, air conditioning with pollen filter, power door locks and windows, driver's side one-touch window control, cruise control, steering wheel-mounted controls, a AM/FM/CD/MP3-compatible six-speaker audio system, and remote keyless entry. The car was well-appointed in top trims with wood grain pattern, satin silver, and polished chrome accents.

2012 Honda Civic Sedan

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Average Used Price: $9,552
The Honda Civic sedan got the same revisions as the coupe model for the 2012 model year. It was a good buy then and it continues to be one today.

2012 Toyota Corolla

2012 Toyota Corolla

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Average Used Price: $9,655
Toyota refreshed the Corolla for the 211 model year. For 2012, the Corolla gained standard with color-keyed power side mirrors, power windows, driver's side auto-down window, power door locks, and remote keyless entry. Higher trim levels have an upgraded head unit with a USB port.

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Nearly every brand has a YouTube channel full of vehicle how-to guides and walkarounds.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

When you get the keys to your new car, it's easy to zone out when it comes to the instruction the dealership is trying to give you about things like how to change the rearview camera view or turn off that annoying beeping sound you think is made by the safety system.

Often. automakers fill their YouTube channel with a selection of videos that share the highlights of the vehicles and give how-to advice for the various tech systems in them. Not all videos are created equal, however. Some automakers do a better job than others.

Most of the links on this list go to a playlist for a certain automobile created by an automaker. However, some manufacturers mix it up, offering model overviews separate from technical tutorials.

If the videos aren't able to help with your particular query, head to your local dealership for a tutorial, something most offer for no charge.

Acura

2020 Acura TLX Photo courtesy of American Honda Motor Co., Inc

Aston Martin

2020 Aston Martin DBX

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Bugatti

Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport

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Dodge

2020 Dodge Charger Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Note: Dodge does not currently have any how-to or walkaround videos on their YouTube channel.

Ferrari

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Fiat

2020 Fiat 500 Trekking

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Kia

2020 Kia Niro FE Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Lexus

2020 Lexus NX

Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A., Inc.

Model Overviews:

Technical Tutorials:

Lincoln

2020 Lincoln Navigator

Photo courtesy of Lincoln Motor Company

Vehicle Overviews:

Technical Tutorials:

Lotus

Note: Lotus does not currently have any how-to or walkaround videos on their YouTube channel.

Maserati

Maserati Ghibli

Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

Model Overviews:

Technology Tutorials:

Mazda

2019 Mazda Mazda6 Photo courtesy of Mazda North American Operations

Vehicle Overviews:

Technology Tutorials:

MINI

2021 MINI John Cooper Works GP Photo courtesy of MINI

Mitsubishi

2019 Mitsubishi Outlander Photo courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors

Pagani

Photo courtesy of Pagani Automobili

Note: Pagani does not currently have any how-to or walkaround videos on their YouTube channel.

Tesla

Tesla Model 3

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Vehicle Overviews:

Technology Tutorials:

Volvo

2020 Volvo XC60

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Vehicle Overviews:

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The Hyundai Palisade is one of the best three-row SUVs you can buy.

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Familes come in all shapes and sizes. Some need more room than others. The best three-row SUVs fit all your family's comfort and convenience needs from seats for everyone to modern connectivity features and excellent fuel economy.

Despite all the rationale you use to choose your next SUV, sometimes you get in one and just like it more than others. Even with all their years of industry knowledge, AutomotiveMap's writers feel the same way. Often it comes down to feelings about one over the rest.

The three-row SUVs on this list are AutomotiveMap writers' favorites.

2020 Toyota Highlander

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Sue Mead: There's no doubt that the 2020 Toyota Highlander is well-rounded. For the 2020 model year it has been thoroughly updated. Sue's favorite features are the bigger, more thoughtful and useful interior; available 12.3-inch touchscreen; and Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety and driver assistance technology. The fact that the hybrid version is available in front- and all-wheel drive is a plus. The gasoline-powered model can tow 5,000 pounds and the hybrid can tow 3,500.

​2020 Ford Expedition

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Harvey Briggs: The answer here is more. More power. More room. More towing capacity. More of just about everything a family could want in an SUV. What pushes the 2020 Ford Expedition over the top for me over 23 other really good options is third-row legroom.

2020 Kia Telluride

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Jesus Garcia: The new SUV on the block offers space, luxury, and unique styling, at a reasonable price. Available with all-wheel Drive, the 2020 Kia Telluride is capable of doing more than just dropping kids off at school.

Nicole Wakelin: The 2020 Telluride is comfortable and stylish with family-friendly features. It's priced better than competitors too.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

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Perry Stern, AutoNXT: The 2020 Hyundai Palisade boasts standout styling, a roomy and comfortable interior, seating for up to 8 passengers and excellent on- and off-road drivability.

Chad Kirchner: The Hyundai has a premium interior with state-of-the-art safety and tech features, while being significantly cheaper than the competition and doing it significantly better.

2020 Land Rover Range Rover Sport

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Eileen Falkenberg-Hull: While the Land Rover Range Rover Sport's seating can best be described as 5+2, the model serves as an ideal three-row SUV because of its off-road prowess, finely appointed interior, and enough infotainment options to keep your family occupied during a road trip. It's also stylish and is available with a number of powerful engine options.

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