The 6 Most Reliable Vehicles For Under $10,000

David Long, creator of an online auto repair and review show Car Wizard, has revealed the top six used vehicles that he thinks make the best used cars and trucks for under $10,000. The mechanic and car enthusiast said that these particular vehicles are considered “no-brainers” because they are cars you can buy with confidence. Here are the vehicles and why Long believes they’re the top choices for used vehicles. Just remember, make sure the vehicle has been taken care of before you commit to buying a used one.


2000-2005 Buick Lesabre: The car's perks include a 3.8 V6 in automatic transmission, with a respectable 30mph on the highway. This car is less likely to break, and if it did, parts can be bought inexpensively and are easily accessible. The car lasts an average of 300,000 to 400,000 miles in its lifetimes, with costs ranging from $2,000 to $5,000.

1999-2006 Chevy Silverado: This truck is the 4.8 V8 budget half-ton that comes in manual or automatic with a 4X4 or 2-wheel drive. The truck can also tow a small camper or trailer and it’s price ranges from $5,000 to $10,000.

2004-2009 Lexus RX 350: This mid-size SUV comes in 3.3 V6 and can easily do 30mph per gallon on the highway. Models prior to 2009 go for $5,000 to $10,000.

1998-2012 Ford Crown Victoria: This cop’s car of choice stopped being produced in 2012. The car has a 4.6 V8 but aren’t very fuel efficient. It can go up to 25mph per gallon on the highway, but has a lifetime mileage of 300,000 to 400,000 miles. Ford hit the bull’s eye when they built a car that was reliable, comfortable, and easy to maintain. They go for anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000.

1996-2000 Lexus LS400: These are getting old, but for a 2000 they’re reliable. The car has a 4-liter V8 and an automatic transmission, but parts may be a little more expensive. Mileage runs 25-27mph per gallon on the highway. The car's price ranges from $5,000 to $10,000, and most are on the higher end.

2001-2007 Toyota Highlander: Somewhere between a small and medium-sized SUV, the Highlander features a 2.44 cylinder, 3-liter V6 that goes between 25 and 30mph per gallon on the highway. The car is very fuel efficient, offers third-row seating, and has a lifetime mileage of 300,000 miles. The price ranges between $5,000 and $10,000.