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Four quality vehicles to fit a $10,000 budget

The economy may be rebounding, but the quest for an affordable ride lives on. To help those consumers looking for a quality vehicle that is easy on their wallet, Cars.com editors put together a list of the best cars that $10,000 can buy. PRNewswire

m 2009-2010 Nissan Versa: The sedan is the only new car in this list, but it's here for more than just its low price. It's roomy for its class, has a comfortable ride and is powered by a choice of efficient four-cylinder drivetrains that will help you save money at the gas pump. Expect to pay more if you want the hatchback.

m 2006 Ford Freestar: Having children is definitely a reason to re-evaluate your choice of car, and if you have kids, you know they don't care if you drive new or used. Their messes are the same regardless. For those who need a minivan, the Freestar offers the bare necessities, but it can take on soccer equipment and crumbs just as well as a brand-new van.

m 2005 Hyundai Tucson: Introduced in 2005, Hyundai's pint-sized crossover was soon leapfrogged by its peers in terms of overall refinement, but its safety features remain competitive to this day. The optional V-6 is thirsty on gas, but it hustles along when pushed. The Kia Sportage is a related sibling, but it's slightly pricier — and less reliable. If you need a cheap crossover SUV, the Tucson is a solid bet.

, 2005-2006 Toyota Corolla: There's a reason the Toyota Corolla is so common on American roads: It's reliable and fuel-efficient — two things that are especially important when shopping for a car with a limited budget. There's no question there are snazzier cars available for $10,000, but it's hard to think of one that's more sensible.

Four quality vehicles to fit a $10,000 budget 08/10/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 9, 2010 4:12pm]

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