If you’re looking for bragging rights on a budget, this is the perfect list for you. In this post, I’m evaluating used cars with the most style, under the $10,000 price point. These used models blend visual appeal and power that’ll be sure to help you stand out.
1) 2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1
Two words: Shaker Hood. The air intake on the hood of the Mach 1 Mustang fits in perfectly with its aggressive, muscle car vibe. It’s a great head-turner on a budget and the Shaker Hood sets it apart from other Mustangs.
This is an RWD 2-door vehicle that seats 4. The V8, 32 Valve, 4.6-liter engine delivers a good amount of power and the manual 5-speed transmission makes it a fun ride.
2) C5 Corvette
With a Chevy V8 5.7-liter engine, the C5 Corvette gives out a decent amount of horsepower for its age. It’s a 2 door, 2-passenger vehicle with a removable hard top for cruising around on sunny days (in which case, it’s nearly mandatory to blast Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” at all major intersections).
The smooth lines of the later-generation Corvettes offer a streamlined appearance and the cars make a great investment if you’re willing to hang onto them for a few decades. Being that they’re popular and manufactured in the USA, aftermarket products are easy to come by when you need a tune-up.
Tip: When looking into Corvettes (along with most used cars), make sure to inspect the underbody of the vehicle for damage and cracks. Since they’re a lower ride, they can be prone to damage.
3) 2001 Porsche Boxster Cabriolet
The 2001 Porsche Boxster Cabriolet is a great little car. The convertible aspect is a bonus, but even with the top up, the car offers rounded lines that fit the bubbly expectations of a Porsche’s body style.
The 2 door, Rear-Wheel-Drive vehicle seats two and has a 6-cylinder, 2.7-liter engine under the hood. It’s a German-made manual 5-speed sports car with European flair.
4) 2004 Mazda MX-5 Miata
Like the Porsche Cabriolet, the Mazda MX-5 Miata is a 2-door, two-seater Rear-Wheel-Drive convertible. Under the hood is a 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter engine with a manual, 5-speed transmission.
Also, like the Cabriolet, the Miata has rounded lines. Though, it’s more linear with a narrower side panel. It’s a fantastic used car for sporty drives and it’s sure to turn heads.
5) 2013 Acura ILX
The Acura ILX would make a fantastic commuter car that you can park in the lot with your head held high. The ILX is a 4-door, Front-Wheel-Drive sedan that seats 5.
Under the hood, it has a 4-cylinder VTEC 2.0-liter engine. The modern lines of the exterior blend fluidly from bumper to bumper, and you can find these with just over 60,000 miles in good condition for under $10k. It’s a stylish, modern choice for someone who’s looking to increase their street cred.
6) 2010 Audi A3
The 2010 Audi A3 can be found in excellent condition for under $10k. It’s a stylish choice for wagon lovers, with its even lines that are reminiscent of the BMW M-series vehicles.
It’s an automatic 6-speed (with overdrive) that seats 5. Under the hood, there’s a 4-cylinder turbo 2.0-liter engine that’ll get you where you’re going comfortably.
7) 2007 Lexus RX
The Lexus RX is an attractive All-Wheel-Drive option under $10k for those that need an SUV in their lives. It’s got a V6, 3.5-liter engine with an automatic transmission. The RX seats 5 people and showcases sporty body lines for an SUV.
8) 1979 L-82 Corvette
A 1979 L-82 Corvette would be a great option for those that like classic muscle cars. It’s got a beefy stance with an aggressively beautiful design for the American car industry. In a time when more and more manufacturers were looking to make smaller and more efficient engines, the Corvette stuck with a big block and nails the mindset, “there’s no replacement for displacement”. It’s a 2-door convertible with an exterior that definitely won’t disappoint.
Tips to keep in mind during your style focused used car search: Don’t be fooled by a visually appealing exterior. Even newer looking cars can have under-the-hood issues that aren’t immediately apparent. TRED.com includes a full 150-point mechanical inspection on all used vehicles, ensuring that you’re driving off with something stylish AND reliable. TRED also offers competitive financing on their whole inventory! Click here to shop used cars.
Do you have a stylish car on a budget? I’d love to hear about it! Tell us your story about your budget friendly style machine in the comments!
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