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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 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:7.9
Critics' Rating:8.9
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:8.2
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2009 Volkswagen Jetta

The 2009 Volkswagen Jetta has good power, plenty of standard features and a well-made, spacious cabin. Other than a poor reliability score, reviewers said there’s little to ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.9
Critics' Rating:9.0
Performance:8.4
Interior:8.7
Operating Cost:8.0
Safety:9.0
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2011 Ford Focus

The 2011 Ford Focus sedan has strong safety scores, high-tech entertainment features and good cargo space, though reviewers weren’t as enamored with its interior quality and performance. Read full review »

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Overall:7.7
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:9.1
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2013 Chevrolet Spark

Reviewers said the 2013 Chevrolet Spark offers a spacious cabin with a fun design, but cautioned that it doesn't feel particularly stable at highway speeds. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:6.5
Interior:7.3
Operating Cost:8.4
Safety:9.5
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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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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:6.6
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.3
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2011 Toyota Yaris

With excellent fuel economy ratings, lots of standard safety features and a good reliability score, the 2011 Toyota Yaris is a smart choice for shoppers who want ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.2
Performance:7.3
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:9.0
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2010 Honda Insight

The 2010 Honda Insight has decent performance and fuel economy for a hybrid, as well as above-average safety and reliability scores. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:7.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.7
Safety:9.1
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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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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:7.7
Performance:6.9
Interior:7.9
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:9.2
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2009 Mazda MAZDA3

The 2009 Mazda3 has class-leading performance, but a poor reliability score puts it in the middle of the class as a used car. Read full review »

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Overall:7.6
Critics' Rating:9.1
Performance:8.4
Interior:7.8
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:N/A
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2010 Pontiac Vibe

With lots of cargo space and good safety and reliability scores, car reviewers said that the 2010 Pontiac Vibe is a practical choice for small car shoppers. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.1
Interior:7.5
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:9.2
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2010 Toyota Corolla

The 2010 Toyota Corolla isn’t as fancy or stylish as some of its competitors, but its good fuel economy ratings and high reliability and safety scores make ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.5
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.5
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:8.3
Safety:8.9
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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:7.5
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:8.0
Interior:7.7
Operating Cost:7.6
Safety:9.3
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2012 Scion iQ

The 2012 Scion iQ’s small size makes it a great urban runabout, according to reviewers, but most rivals offer a more enjoyable driving experience and a more ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.8
Performance:6.3
Interior:6.8
Operating Cost:8.6
Safety:7.5
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2009 Toyota Matrix

The 2009 Toyota Matrix is a practical choice if you’re looking for a no-hassle car that can haul a lot of stuff and tackle winter weather. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.4
Critics' Rating:7.3
Performance:6.8
Interior:7.6
Operating Cost:8.1
Safety:9.2
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2012 Nissan Versa

Reviewers said the 2012 Nissan Versa sedan is an adequate performer and has a spacious cabin, but many rival small cars are just as roomy and have ... Read full review »

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Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:8.2
Performance:6.7
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:8.5
Safety:8.6
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2010 Mitsubishi Lancer

The 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer has a sporty exterior, but its interior quality, reliability and standard interior features are lacking. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.3
Critics' Rating:7.9
Performance:7.6
Interior:7.1
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:9.1
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2012 Suzuki SX4

Although it’s one of the few small cars available with all-wheel drive and offers generous cargo space, the 2012 Suzuki SX4 falls short with lackluster fuel economy ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.1
Critics' Rating:7.4
Performance:7.3
Interior:7.2
Operating Cost:7.9
Safety:7.8
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2009 Volkswagen New Beetle

The 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle coupe and convertible have playful styling, but below-average safety scores, low fuel economy and a less-than-practical interior push it toward the bottom ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:7.0
Critics' Rating:6.9
Performance:7.4
Interior:6.5
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:7.7
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2010 Volkswagen New Beetle

The 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle is perfect for shoppers who want retro styling more than they want interior space or good fuel economy. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.9
Critics' Rating:7.1
Performance:7.4
Interior:6.6
Operating Cost:7.8
Safety:7.7
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2011 Dodge Caliber

Reviewers said the 2011 Dodge Caliber drives like a truck, is underpowered, gets poor fuel economy and can’t match the cargo space of competing hatchbacks. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall:6.7
Critics' Rating:6.2
Performance:6.2
Interior:6.9
Operating Cost:8.2
Safety:7.8
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