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Whether it be recently released or previously owned, finding a new car can be a tedious process, especially when you have a budget to stick to. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or for someone else, finding a reliable and affordable car is important to make sure you get a vehicle that keeps you safe but doesn’t break the bank. Luckily, websites like Autotrader and Kelley Blue Book have an extensive list of cars that fit those exact criteria. 

 

Subaru Outback 

 

The Outback is perfect for people who like to go out and do things. The car is versatile with its all-wheel drive, large cargo area, and hidden cross bars to go with roof rails. Outback models from 2010 to 2014 are available for $10k or less and come with either a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine or a 3.6-liter V6 engine. 

 

Honda Pilot 

 

If minivans aren’t your cup of tea, the Honda Pilot is a great alternative. Second-generation models (from 2009 to 2015) can seat up to eight people and have a large cargo area for storage. They also have great highway mileage, being able to get up to 25 miles a gallon on fuel. Taking into consideration that its 3.5-liter V6 engine can reach 250 HP, the second-generation Pilot strikes a good deal.

 

Toyota Prius 

 

The 2010 Toyota Prius is perfect if you want a long-lasting car with excellent fuel economy. It has a Hybrid Synergy Drive that delivers the same high fuel economy for both city and highway driving, making this vehicle worth every buck. The Prius also has a reputation for being a long-lived car, ensuring that you’ll have your car plenty of time with your under-budget car.

 

Mazda3 Hatchback 

 

When people think luxury, their minds go to expensive cars that they don’t believe they’ll ever be able to afford. However, luxury doesn’t always equate to pricy, and the Mazda3 proves just that. Mazda is known for having style, and the 2014-2018 third-generation is no exception. The Hatchback comes with an added practicality, though you’ll get a pleasant experience with both that and the sedan body style. Older, affordable cars don’t necessarily mean beat-up, and these stylish cars prove just that.