If you have $10,000 available to spend on a car, cars.com has suggestions for you with a recent top ten list. Here’s their methodology:
[W]e crunched retail values for late-model used cars and factored in reliability ratings, safety equipment and crash-test scores. Using those criteria, what began as a list of 215 contenders from 2002 onward shrank to 40 finalists. To pare things down further, we solicited our experts for opinions on each car — things like gas mileage, cabin comfort and driving refinement. Finally, we took a hard look at how many of these used cars had key safety features like side-impact airbags and antilock brakes installed.
It seems to me that the list was designed to include the latest model available around $10,000 for each of the brands. Otherwise, we might have seen two different years of the Honda Accord (or, for that matter, of the Ford Focus). Here is the list.
- 2005 Ford Focus
- 2005 Ford Taurus
- 2003 Mazda Protegé
- 2003 Mercury Sable
- 2002 Buick LeSabre
- 2002 Chevrolet Impala
- 2002 Ford Windstar
- 2002 Honda Accord
- 2002 Honda Civic
- 2002 Oldsmobile Aurora
Before you go and buy a car based on this list, check Consumer Reports which may provide more information on the quality of these vehicles.
Updated September 2, 2009 and originally published August 7, 2007. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.