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Used Small Cars $10K to $12K

View the best used small cars priced between $10,000 and $12,000. Then read our used car reviews, compare specs and features, and find used small cars for sale in your area. Learn more about our rankings»

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2010 Honda Fit

With good fuel economy, innovative storage options, great safety ratings and a high reliability score, the 2010 ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:9.3
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.5
Interior:9.1
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 5_0
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2009 Honda Fit

When it was new, reviewers recommended the 2009 Honda Fit for its fun driving dynamics, good fuel ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.9
Critics' Rating:9.8
Performance:8.3
Interior:9.1
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2010 Kia Soul

When the Kia Soul hit the market for the 2010 model year, it stood out with its love-it-or-hate-it styling, roomy interior and good safety scores, but others ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.2
Interior:8.5
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Mazda MAZDA3

The 2010 Mazda3 has a winning combination of sporty performance and a practical, well-made interior. Its reliability score could be better, however. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.8
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.7
Interior:8.5
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2011 Ford Fiesta

The 2011 Ford Fiesta surpasses much of the competition with good interior quality, excellent fuel economy ratings, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.6
Performance:8.8
Interior:8.8
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Kia Forte

The 2010 Kia Forte is a worthy contender for 2010 small cars when it comes to fuel economy, available features and safety scores. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.0
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 4_0
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2010 Scion xB

The 2010 Scion xB is a boxy small car that has good safety and reliability ratings and one of the most spacious cabins in the class. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.6
Critics' Rating:8.6
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 5_0
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2009 Honda Civic

The 2009 Honda Civic is one of the safest and best-performing used 2009 small cars. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.4
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.3
Interior:8.2
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2012 Mazda Mazda2

Sharp handling sets the 2012 Mazda2 apart, reviewers said, but some rival subcompacts offer more cargo space and better fuel economy. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.8
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2011 Kia Forte

The 2011 Kia Forte sedan, hatchback and coupe have good cargo space, class-competitive tech features and good safety scores, but some competitors have better performance and higher ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:8.8
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 3_5
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2010 Nissan Sentra

The 2010 Nissan Sentra’s comfortable cabin and impressive list of interior features make it a good daily driver, but lackluster performance means you shouldn’t expect much more. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.3
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.2
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Scion tC

The sporty-looking 2010 Scion tC has pleasant performance, a lot of standard features and good cargo space, but when it comes to fuel economy and safety ratings, ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.2
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.2
Reliability: 4_0
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2012 Ford Fiesta

Reviewers said the 2012 Ford Fiesta’s athletic handling and upscale interior put it a notch above many ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.5
Performance:8.6
Interior:8.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_0
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2012 Hyundai Accent

Test drivers said the 2012 Hyundai Accent is a practical commuter car that offers a good-looking cabin and a comfortable ride. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.9
Interior:8.1
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.7
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Honda Civic Hybrid

Much like the gas-only Honda Civic, the 2009 Honda Civic Hybrid ranks well for its outstanding safety ratings and quality interior. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.7
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 3_0
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2009 Subaru Impreza

The 2009 Subaru Impreza’s class-leading safety scores, standard all-wheel drive and good performance should appeal to shoppers who want a safe small car that’s a little fun ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 4_0
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2009 Toyota Corolla

The 2009 Toyota Corolla ranks near the top of its class as a reliable small car with a solidly-built cabin and good performance for commuting. However, some ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:8.1
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:7.7
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:8.9
Reliability: 4_0
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2012 Toyota Yaris

While the 2012 Toyota Yaris has a good reliability rating, reviewers said that some competing small cars are more fun to drive. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:6.6
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 5_0
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#18
2011 Mazda Mazda2

The 2011 Mazda2 has good safety scores, comfortable seats and nimble handling. However, shoppers who want a lot of cargo space or more standard features may want ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:8.9
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.3
Reliability: 2_0
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2011 Scion xD

The 2011 Scion xD’s hip exterior, long list of standard features and good handling make it a smart choice for shoppers who need a used small car. ... Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:7.2
Interior:7.4
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.0
Reliability: 4_0
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Safety scores should only be compared between vehicles of similar size and weight. Larger, heavier vehicles generally provide more protection than smaller, lighter ones.