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Cars Under 5000

‹ Photo: Mazda North American Operations › ‹ 3 of 12 › Mazda Miata The answer, the saying goes, is always Miata. Inexpensive, reliable fun is what the Miata is all about, and Mazda sold so many of them over the years that finding a decent example of a mid-2000s model for under $5,000 won’t be a problem at all. The Miata is a two-seat roadster and its cute styling is not for everyone, but with rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, and the top down, it is some of the most pure motoring fun you can have without dealing with finnicky old British cars or pricey Germans. Be careful when shopping, however, as the Miata is a popular platform for autocross racing. The lowest-priced Miatas will commonly be worn out project cars. Read the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Full Review See 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photos See Sports Cars Rankings
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Cars Under 5000

Mazda Miata The answer, the saying goes, is always Miata. Inexpensive, reliable fun is what the Miata is all about, and Mazda sold so many of them over the years that finding a decent example of a mid-2000s model for under $5,000 won’t be a problem at all. The Miata is a two-seat roadster and its cute styling is not for everyone, but with rear-wheel drive, a manual transmission, and the top down, it is some of the most pure motoring fun you can have without dealing with finnicky old British cars or pricey Germans. Be careful when shopping, however, as the Miata is a popular platform for autocross racing. The lowest-priced Miatas will commonly be worn out project cars. Read the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Full Review See 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Photos See Sports Cars Rankings
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Cars Under 5000

slide-3397973 Image Credit: Chrysler 2005 Dodge MagnumThe Dodge Magnum was one of the cars that gave enthusiasts hope in the early aughts. We suffered through two decades with few legitimate muscle cars, and then the Magnum rolled onto the scene. Yes it was a wagon, but it had powerful engines, beefy styling and rear-wheel drive. Sounds like legit muscle cred to me. Remember, in 2004 when the Magnum launched (as a 2005 model), rear-wheel drive was going the way of the dinosaurs in mainstream cars. The Magnum, which was followed by the Charger and then the Challenger, helped prop up a feature that’s near and dear to enthusiasts. Besides, if you’re looking to actually use this as regular used car, then the wagon is more practical than the other Dodges. According to online estimates, it’s a little tight to get a Magnum at less than $5,000, but it can be done. You’re probably talking about a 3.5-liter V6-equipped model, but that’s still potent with 250 hp. That was a lot back then, and it’s still respectable. Yes, the interior is dated, but you’re getting a lot of car that offers a lot of fun, and still plenty of practicality. – Greg Migliore (Senior Editor) Research More Find Dodge Magnum Accessories Research the Dodge Magnum OverviewMore Photos New and Used Dodge Magnums Get a Local Quote GO
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Cars Under 5000

The Dodge Magnum was one of the cars that gave enthusiasts hope in the early aughts. We suffered through two decades with few legitimate muscle cars, and then the Magnum rolled onto the scene. Yes it was a wagon, but it had powerful engines, beefy styling and rear-wheel drive. Sounds like legit muscle cred to me. Remember, in 2004 when the Magnum launched (as a 2005 model), rear-wheel drive was going the way of the dinosaurs in mainstream cars. The Magnum, which was followed by the Charger and then the Challenger, helped prop up a feature that’s near and dear to enthusiasts. Besides, if you’re looking to actually use this as regular used car, then the wagon is more practical than the other Dodges.
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Cars Under 5000

slide-3847357 Image Credit: Honda 2009-2013 Honda FitThis list needs a hatchback. The Fit is not only supremely practical and great in the city, but it manages to be a pretty entertaining drive. The second-gen cars barely make it under the five-grand cap, and the ones that do will have a decent amount of miles on them, but these things are pretty reliable and tend to be well taken care of. First-gen cars, sold from 2007 to ’08, have the same Magic seat setup, which allows you to reconfigure the back seat and cargo area in a ton of useful ways. There are few everyday chores a Fit can’t handle. Plus, it’s kind of cute. – David Gluckman (Editorial Program Manager) Research More Find Honda Fit Accessories Research the 2009 Honda Fit OverviewSpecs and PricingMore Photos New and Used Honda Fits Get a Local Quote GO
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Cars Under 5000

This list needs a hatchback. The Fit is not only supremely practical and great in the city, but it manages to be a pretty entertaining drive. The second-gen cars barely make it under the five-grand cap, and the ones that do will have a decent amount of miles on them, but these things are pretty reliable and tend to be well taken care of. First-gen cars, sold from 2007 to ’08, have the same Magic seat setup, which allows you to reconfigure the back seat and cargo area in a ton of useful ways. There are few everyday chores a Fit can’t handle. Plus, it’s kind of cute. – David Gluckman (Editorial Program Manager)
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Cars Under 5000

Photo: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. › 1 of 12 › Best Cars For a Budget Maybe money’s a little tight, maybe you’re sick of having a car payment, or maybe your teenager just got their driver’s license. Whatever your situation, you’re looking for a good, cheap used car. The good news is that you have many great options. The bad news is, picking the right inexpensive used car requires more knowledge and savvy than new-car-lot shopping. Where to start? Here are the best used cars for less than $5,000. Read the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Full Review See 2016 Toyota 4Runner Photos See Midsize SUVs Rankings
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Cars Under 5000

Best Cars For a Budget Maybe money’s a little tight, maybe you’re sick of having a car payment, or maybe your teenager just got their driver’s license. Whatever your situation, you’re looking for a good, cheap used car. The good news is that you have many great options. The bad news is, picking the right inexpensive used car requires more knowledge and savvy than new-car-lot shopping. Where to start? Here are the best used cars for less than $5,000. Read the 2016 Toyota 4Runner Full Review See 2016 Toyota 4Runner Photos See Midsize SUVs Rankings
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‹ Photo: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. › ‹ 2 of 12 › Lexus LS400 The LS400 introduced Lexus to the world in 1990. Engineered to compete with the best full-size German luxury cars of its day, the LS400 boasted a strong V8 engine, rear-wheel drive, and every bit as much luxury as anything coming out of Germany, but at a lower price. Its large and quiet cabin, smooth power, and durability make the LS400 a pleasure to drive even by modern standards. You still see a lot of LS400s on the road today. Built by Toyota, a reasonably well maintained LS400 will last hundreds of thousands of miles, and there is at least one out there approaching 1,000,000 miles. You may have to get one from the 90s, but you’ll get a reliable and luxurious vehicle. Read the 2016 Lexus LS Full Review See 2016 Lexus LS Photos See Super Luxury Cars Rankings
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Lexus LS400 The LS400 introduced Lexus to the world in 1990. Engineered to compete with the best full-size German luxury cars of its day, the LS400 boasted a strong V8 engine, rear-wheel drive, and every bit as much luxury as anything coming out of Germany, but at a lower price. Its large and quiet cabin, smooth power, and durability make the LS400 a pleasure to drive even by modern standards. You still see a lot of LS400s on the road today. Built by Toyota, a reasonably well maintained LS400 will last hundreds of thousands of miles, and there is at least one out there approaching 1,000,000 miles. You may have to get one from the 90s, but you’ll get a reliable and luxurious vehicle. Read the 2016 Lexus LS Full Review See 2016 Lexus LS Photos See Super Luxury Cars Rankings
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‹ Photo: Ford Motor Company › ‹ 6 of 12 › Ford Mustang Fourth- and fifth-generation Mustangs are cheap and plentiful. As always, Ford sold a lot of them when they were new. The Mustang is the iconic American pony car, and if you’ve never owned one yourself, odds are you know at least a couple people who did. Nobody should go into Mustang ownership expecting first-rate build quality or interior materials. That was never the point of a Mustang. But outside of classic muscle cars and pickup trucks, there simply aren’t many other places you can find V8 power, manual transmissions, and rear-wheel drive for less than $5,000. Read the 2017 Ford Mustang Full Review See 2017 Ford Mustang Photos See Sports Cars Rankings
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Ford Mustang Fourth- and fifth-generation Mustangs are cheap and plentiful. As always, Ford sold a lot of them when they were new. The Mustang is the iconic American pony car, and if you’ve never owned one yourself, odds are you know at least a couple people who did. Nobody should go into Mustang ownership expecting first-rate build quality or interior materials. That was never the point of a Mustang. But outside of classic muscle cars and pickup trucks, there simply aren’t many other places you can find V8 power, manual transmissions, and rear-wheel drive for less than $5,000. Read the 2017 Ford Mustang Full Review See 2017 Ford Mustang Photos See Sports Cars Rankings

Published on Apr 9, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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