The Safest Used Cars Under $10,000

2011 Kia Sportage

These Are the Safest Used Cars You Can Buy for Less Than $10,000

New cars are generally safer than used cars because they often include the latest safety technology and innovative materials designed to make them more damage resistant in the event of a collision. The cars on this list aren’t new, but they are the safest ones you can buy for less than $10,000.

Volvo, a company that has consistently reaffirmed its commitment to safety over the years, has the most vehicles on this list, followed closely by Audi. Some traditionally budget-friendly companies like Kia and Hyundai have made this list too.

Many of the cars in this slideshow earned the Top Safety Pick designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) when they were new, indicating they got the top score, “Good,” in all tests. However, not all were tested by the organization. Most of the cars on this list were not rated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which awards five stars to the safest vehicles in their testing.

Most vehicles that are tested by the IIHS and the NHTSA are equipped with the most safety technology offered in the car. Not all vehicles on the market will come similarly equipped, so be sure to pay attention to the listed safety features in the car you’re looking to purchase.

Read on to learn more about the safest models available for an average price below $10,000.