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Top 5 Used Cars You Can Buy with $7,000 Budget

If you have been shopping for an used car lately, you probably know that $7,000 could really becomes a limiting factor for buying a decent car.  The choice must be made between several years old economy box car type vs. pretty decent model that are almost 10 years old.

Check out our Top 5 Used Cars under $7,000 below to see if any one of these cars meet your needs!

No 5.  2010 Hyundai Accent

The base Accent comes with few standard features, so look for GS trim which includes most popular interior features such as AC, stereo, anti-lock brakes and electronic brake-force distribution system.  The car is fairly small and you will benefit from its excellent fuel efficiency with city / hwy gas mileage at 27 / 36 mpg.

For 2010, Hyundai introduces its new "Blue" Edition engine to the Accent lineup. The new engine is up to nine-percent more fuel efficient than last year's powerplant, providing mileage as high as 36 mpg on the highway. Other new features include iPod/USB ports on all radios; standard steering wheel audio controls, sunroof and cruise control on SE.

No 4.  2004 Honda Element

This is another great vehicle produced by Honda Motors with reliability and utility in the same package.  It is available in 2WD and 4WD so make sure to find the one that fits your need.  The price difference between the two drivetrain should be almost non existence in most areas.

Honda Element features pilarless side-door design, allow super easy loading of large items.  Reliability, crash-test rating and the engine quality are top notch for the vehicle in this class.

No 3.  2003 Acura TL

Acura TL is undeniably a luxury sports sedan for its exterior styling, interior features and quality materials used throughout the car.  The performance of 2003 Acura TL surpasses every other car on our top 5 list by a large margin.

As most luxury cars do, having so many electronic and safety features mean higher cost of upkeep as the years pass by.  It's not that TL is unreliable car but it surely will cost more to maintain than other cars on our top 5 list.

2003 Acura TL comes standard with VTEC V6, 3.2 Liter engine, producing 225 hp.  It also features shiftable 5-speed automatic transmission which was evolutionary at the time.

The fuel efficiency is not bad at city 17 mpg and highway 27 mpg.

No 2.  2004 Mazda 3

Mazda 3 is not a luxury sporty car, but it should not feel anything like a economy car, especially with its strong engine and excellent handling.  It is considered as one of the most fun to drive car in its class with a good hatchback utility as a bonus.

The suspension setting might feel too harsh for older drivers, and the legroom in the back seats are not that great.  It's not recommended as a family car, but it's super cool if you typically drive yourself of with one passenger.

2003 Mazda 3 comes in three engine choices so inspect carefully.  Just as most non-luxury used cars at this price range, different engines should not affect the price too much.  Listed as No 2 on our list, 2003 Mazda 3 has the lowest price at under $6,000.

No 1.  2004 Toyota Camry

Toyota Camry wouldn't be as fun to drive as our No. 2 and No. 3 selections for most folks, but the reliability and cost of repair should be considered seriously when purchasing an used car that is almost 10 years old.  2004 Toyota Camry is rated at a pretty good gas mileage of 20 mpg city and 29 mpg highway with highest long term rating of any car that was ever produced during that era.

It can sit 5 people comfortably, and the power from the 4-Cyl 2.4 Liter engine is adequate for most driving conditions.  It will not drive anything like 2003 Acura TL we listed above, but there is always trade off when the budget is fixed. 

You should be able to find a well-kept one right around or below $7,000 mark.

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