A Used Car for Less Than $10 Grand


Our college age daughter has decided to sell her 2001 Ford Mustang, and get something more practical. She favors small SUVs with good gas mileage. What would you recommend in the used market, for less than $10,000?
– Karen
Santa Rosa, Ca.


There are great choices for pre-owned vehicles selling for around $10,000. The issue is fuel efficiency, since most of the cars and small SUVs sold now have significantly improved gas mileage over vehicles built just a few years ago. That said, the usual suspects – Toyota RAV-4, Honda CR-V and Kia Sportage – have great reputations for quality. Another fun choice is the Honda Element, which is very useful if she has dogs, since the rubber floor mats are easy to clean.

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