Best 4-Door Cars Under $10,000

Find an efficient car that is affordable.

Find an efficient car that is affordable.

Let’s be honest, everyone wants to have a nice car. Vehicles are a part of life that you really can’t avoid. And while catching a ride with someone can be an easy solution, it is sometimes nice to offer that ride to others as well. However, people can end up putting a great deal of money into a vehicle, sometimes more than intended when considering constant upkeep and maintenance. Sure, the sticker price is good, but then down the road you realize you have spent nearly double what you planned on originally, whether because of gas consumption or repairs. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. And frankly, it shouldn’t. There are many reliable four door cars that will serve you well and don’t have to break your bank to do so. Consider the following recommendations of reliable cars under $10,000.

Gas powered

In this day and age, it isn’t expected that every car is entirely gas-powered anymore. To address this, the list has been separated. And if you are thinking to yourself, “Well, gas-powered cars would be the only kind of car I could afford,” you might be surprised. But you’ll have to keep reading to see for yourself. For now, while gas is cheap, check out these fuel-powered beauties.

Toyota Yaris – KBB: $10,700

2010 Toyota Yaris

2010 Toyota Yaris

Toyota Corolla – KBB: $10,181

2010 Toyota Corolla

2010 Toyota Corolla

According to Testing Autos, the Toyota Yaris is reliable and costs little to maintain. This car gets great gas mileage, averaging 29 miles per gallon in the city and 36 miles per gallon on the highway. But the fuel efficiency and price tag are not the only benefits to this car. It has also consistently passed safety inspections. However, the Yaris isn’t the only Toyota to make the list. In fact, the Yaris and Corolla both earn top marks for gas mileage. The source noted these vehicles are also spacious, which is typically a contradiction when it comes to fuel efficiency. These cars are for people who want to drive an efficient vehicle but don’t care for a compact car. Additionally, they are popular and though they require little maintenance, it won’t be hard to find a place that services them.

Hyundai Sonata – KBB: $8,591

2010 Hyundai Sonata

2010 Hyundai Sonata

Another gas-powered car that will get you around without requiring you to frequent gas stations is the Hyundai Sonata. Consumer Reports recommended this car as an efficient and safe vehicle. The source especially noted its secure handling, making it a reliable and sturdy ride for those behind the wheel.

Ford Escape – KBB: $7,341

2008 Ford Escape.

2008 Ford Escape

Nissan Murano – KBB: $10,799

2009 Nissan Murano

2009 Nissan Murano

If SUVs are your thing then these rides are worth looking into. Big on room, these vehicles will get you where you need to be, as well as everything you need to bring with you. Besides, sometimes it’s fun to ride just a bit higher off the ground. While SUVs tend to be more expensive, you can find models of these two that are around $10,000 and worth it. They have decent fuel economy and allow you to carry more than smaller sedans.


The future of vehicles seems to be getting nearer every day, which means gasoline is starting to be replaced by electricity. This doesn’t mean you are free from using gas (in fact far from it), but you are closer than you have been previously, just by having options.  Additionally, electric or hybrid cars are becoming increasingly affordable. Check out these clean-fuel options for getting from A to B:

Toyota Prius – KBB: $9,276


2009 Toyota Prius

2009 Toyota Prius

Yes, another Toyota for the list. This vehicle has an average 47 miles per gallon, reaching 48 in city driving and closer to 45 on the highway. In fact, this car is so popular that it is credited as the first widely accepted hybrid vehicle on the market. So think about it, by purchasing this car, you can be efficient, modern and revolutionary. But this car also has lots of cargo space, which is not common for a hybrid vehicle.

Honda Civic Hybrid – KBB: $8,711


2010 Honda Civic Hybrid

2010 Honda Civic Hybrid

This vehicle is touted as the most efficient in terms of mileage and cost, as it gets an average of 43 miles per gallon and remains for sale under $10,000. It is a solid and safe ride and essentially the same design as the standard Honda Civic. However, when the car stops, the engine turns off and utilizes its hybrid battery. The engine starts again when you start driving and is praised for its seamlessness in doing so. You won’t believe how smooth it is.

Don’t think you have to choose between budgeting and driving. There are many affordable cars that are safe and efficient. And as more car models make use of hybrid technology, the less you will be paying on fuel in the long run.


  1. 509 Cars   •  

    Those vehicles provide some great value. Finding a used car in decent condition, with solid mileage and performance like these, can provide a solid vehicle for years.

  2. Lanesha   •  

    Im lookin for a car right around 5000 to 8000 with a small down payment and a small car payment

  3. Christophe Carlier   •  

    Thank you for sharing the best 4-door cars under $10,000. I just sold my Mustang GT and am looking for a cheaper car. I still want it to run well and look nice, but I just need it to have better gas mileage. Like you said, “people can end up putting a great deal of money into a vehicle, sometimes more than intended with upkeep and maintenance.” I am trying to save some money up and that is why I need to find a cheaper vehicle. Thanks!

  4. April Wiseman   •  

    I have 500 down will that get me a car

    • DriveTime   •  

      Hi April – Your down payment and payment options will be dependent on your monthly income and a few other things. You can contact your local dealership and they’ll be able to help you out with this!

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