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Can't afford a new car? The 10 best used car buys

Michael Strong, The Detroit Bureau

10 cars for $10,000

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For those unable to afford a new vehicle, the used car market is a great place to find a deal.

While today's cars and trucks have an average price around $32,000, according to Bankrate.com, the price gap between the average new and used vehicle is right around $20,000, according to Cars.com.

"There are a lot of great used cars on the market, and with a significant price difference between new and used cars, we know that many shoppers choose to go the used route," Cars.com Executive Editor Joe Wiesenfelder said.

For those who are priced out of the new car market, Cars.com released its list of top buys for around $10,000. Click through to see which vehicles made the list.

By CNBC Contributor Michael Strong. Follow him at thedetroitbureau.com.
Posted 22 March 2014

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2009 Ford Focus

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Cars.com lauded the vehicle for its handling, and told drivers to choose the sedan.

"The coupe lacks sufficient reliability data," the website said.

2008 Ford Fusion

2008 Ford Fusion
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This sedan "hits a sweet spot between ride quality and handling," Cars.com said.

2008 Ford Taurus

2008 Ford Taurus
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The car's "mammoth" backseat and trunk give the 2008 vehicle an edge over its current model, according to Cars.com.

2007 Honda Civic

2007 Honda Civic.
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"Nimble handling, impressive cabin materials and good fuel efficiency make this Honda an excellent choice for compact-car shoppers," Cars.com said.

2009 Hyundai Sonata

2009 Hyundai Sonata.
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Cars.com said the vehicle's roomy cabin and lengthy list of safety features make it a good choice for first-time drivers and families.

2008 Kia Sportage

2008 Kia Sportage
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The small crossover's value pricing "translates to used-car affordability," Cars.com said.

2008 Mazda6

2008 Mazda6.
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Cars.com called the vehicle a "compelling" choice for shoppers in the market for a family sedan, and who don't mind giving up a little space for sportiness.

2007 Nissan Altima

2007 Nissan Altima.
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The vehicle combines both power and fuel efficiency, Cars.com said.

2008 Scion xB

2008 Scion xB
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The vehicle's safety features, which include six airbags, make it a good choice for first-time drivers, Cars.com said.

2007 Toyota Prius

2007 Toyota Prius.
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Excellent mileage and reliability make this vehicle a standout, Cars.com said.

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