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The Best Deals on Used Small Cars

August 4, 2011


With economic uncertainty and gas prices through the roof, it's wise to consider a small used car.

The cars featured here are recommended by Consumer Reports and are priced in the low teens - and even some below $10,000.

They made sure these cars have safety features like side air bags and stability control.

One bonus of buying used is that the original owner takes the initial depreciation hit.

It's smart to choose cars that scored well in Consumer Reports' tests, show good reliability, and do well in industry crash tests.

As always, before buying any used car, make sure you have a trusted mechanic give the vehicle a thorough inspection.

Here are the recommended small cars from the 2006-2008 model years.

Make & model

Mileage

Original Price

Current Price

Depreciation

2006 Subaru Impreza 2.5

75,000

$19,095

$11,300

41%

2006 Scion xB Release Series 3.0 FWD

75,000

17,140

10,675

38%

2006 Honda Civic DX

75,000

15,560

9,750

37%

2006 Toyota Corolla CE

75,000

14,905

9,425

37%

2007 Suzuki SX4

47,000

16,099

10,275

36%

2006 Mazda3 s

75,000

17,370

11,300

35%

2007 Honda Civic Hybrid

47,000

22,600

15,050

33%

2006 Toyota Prius

75,000

21,725

14,750

32%

2008 Suzuki SX4

36,000

16,370

11,450

30%

2007 Subaru Impreza 2.5

47,000

18,795

13,600

28%

2007 Toyota Corolla LE

47,000

16,315

11,800

28%

2007 Mazda3 s hatchback

47,000

18,630

13,825

26%

2008 Honda Civic EX coupe

36,000

20,710

16,325

21%

2007 Toyota Corolla LE

36,000

16,415

13,175

20%


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- Gregg Fidan

Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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