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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 Toyota Corolla

The 2010 Toyota Corolla isn’t as fancy or stylish as some of its competitors, but its good fuel economy ratings and comfortable front seats make it a ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.2
Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 8.9
Reliability: 4_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.1
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 6.5
Interior: 7.3
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 9.5
Reliability: 3_5
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2012 Chevrolet Sonic

Reviewers praised the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic for its nimble handling and smooth ride quality, saying it drives like a more expensive car. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.0
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 2_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 enamored with its interior quality and performance. Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.5
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 9.1
Reliability: 3_5
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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: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 8.9
Performance: 8.9
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 9.3
Reliability: 2_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 8.0
Critics' Rating: 9.0
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.7
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 2_0
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2010 Ford Focus

The 2010 Ford Focus impressed reviewers with its nimble handling and good fuel economy, and its good safety score helps make it a strong choice among small ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.7
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 8.6
Reliability: 3_0
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2010 Scion xD

The 2010 Scion xD comes with a lot of standard features and has an above-average reliability rating, but if you need a lot of interior space, take ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 8.5
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 8.5
Reliability: 3_0
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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: 7.9
Critics' Rating: 6.9
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.5
Cost to Own: N/A
Safety: 7.7
Reliability: 5_0
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2010 Pontiac Vibe

With lots of cargo space and a good safety score, 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: 7.8
Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.1
Interior: 7.5
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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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: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 7.8
Performance: 6.3
Interior: 6.8
Cost to Own: 9.7
Safety: 7.5
Reliability: 3_5
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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: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 6.2
Performance: 6.2
Interior: 6.9
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: 7.8
Reliability: 4_5
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2011 Nissan Cube

The 2011 Nissan Cube is a good choice for shoppers who want standout styling and a unique interior. Its boxy style also means that the Cube offers ... Read full review »

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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.2
Interior: 7.9
Cost to Own: 9.6
Safety: 9.7
Reliability: 2_0
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 9.1
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 7.8
Cost to Own: 9.4
Safety: N/A
Reliability: 2_0
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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: 7.7
Critics' Rating: 7.3
Performance: 6.8
Interior: 7.6
Cost to Own: 9.5
Safety: 9.2
Reliability: 3_0
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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. Read full review »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.6
Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 6.7
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.7
Safety: 8.6
Reliability: 2_5
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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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Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.5
Critics' Rating: 7.2
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 6.9
Cost to Own: 9.7
Safety: 9.0
Reliability: 2_5
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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: 7.4
Critics' Rating: 7.9
Performance: 7.6
Interior: 7.1
Cost to Own: 9.2
Safety: 9.1
Reliability: 2_0
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.3
Critics' Rating: 7.4
Performance: 7.3
Interior: 7.2
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 7.8
Reliability: 2_5
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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 »

Used Listings For Sale:
Used Car Scores
Overall: 7.2
Critics' Rating: 7.1
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 6.6
Cost to Own: 9.3
Safety: 7.7
Reliability: 2_5
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