Top 10 Used Hatchback Bargains
As far as practicality goes, you really can’t beat the hatchback. With seating for five, rear-storage aplenty, and the security of front-wheel drive, this recipe has made downsizing from an SUV incredibly easy. But what if you’re not looking to spend an arm and a leg on a new fully loaded hatch? Take a look at these 10 used hatchbacks that check all our boxes for reliability, functionality, and most importantly – price. 1. The All-Rounder
2002-2005 Honda Civic Si
What You Might Pay: $4000-$8000
PHOTOS: See more images of the 2003 Honda Civic Si
Just like in its sedan cousin, Honda delivered solid performance and economy with the Civic Si hatch. It sported a 2.0-liter four-cylinder which loves to be revved, and could deliver nearly 30 mpg on the highway. 100,000 miles on the clock is just a warm-up for these cars. Look for private sellers though; dealers like to mark these up extensively.
2. Pint-Sized Outdoorsman
2007-2013 Suzuki SX4
What You Might Pay: $6000-$10,000+
PHOTOS: See more images of the Suzuki SX4
The SX4 should have been one of the most popular hatchbacks around, but since it wasn’t a Toyota, Honda, or Mazda, it didn’t quite catch on. The SX4 offered all-wheel-drive, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and five doors in a tight package. Suzuki has since left the US market, but thankfully these used cars remain. Prices are affordable, but future repairs might be a bit steeper.
3. American Revelation
2000-2007 Ford Focus
What You Might Pay: $2500-$8500
The Focus put Ford back on the map for hatchback buyers. It was remarkably well engineered, offered a load of engine and transmission options, and stood up well to abuse. Ford even offered a two-door SVT model with 170 horsepower, which was a riot to drive. These things aren’t quite as plentiful as the PT Cruiser, but you should have no trouble finding a few lower mileage examples for sale locally.
4. The European Gentleman
2002-2006 Volkswagen Golf
What You Might Pay: $5000-$9500
RELATED: See more images of the Volkswagen Golf 2-Door
The VW Golf kicked off the hatchback craze in the ’80s, and it’s still around today. These older models are the ones to have, with your choice of 2.0-liter gas or 1.9-liter TDI (turbodiesel) variants. The TDI and boy-racer GTI models are the most desirable, and thus will be more expensive. The GL base model is the one you’ll want; the two-door version will be the cheapest.
5. The European Transplant
2008 Saturn Astra
What You Might Pay: $7000-$8500
PHOTOS: See more images of the 2008 Saturn Astra
It may have worn a Saturn badge and it may have been short-lived, but the Astra is still a good option. Based on the European Opel Astra, it has had big appeal on the other side of the pond and has received positive reviews stateside. The stylish and modern Astra comes in two- and four-door variants, with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder powerplant. The biggest appeal by far is the price, which has gone down significantly since Saturn’s dissolution.
6. The Asian Transplant
2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe
What You Might Pay: $4500-$9000
Pontiac wasn’t exactly known for high quality in its later years, but the Vibe hatchback was quite the opposite. Underneath the bodywork, it was identical to the Toyota Matrix, and offered all-wheel-drive to boot. Prices for the Vibe are always lower than comparable used Matrix models. Any Toyota dealership should be able to perform regular maintenance with ease.
7. The Cult Classic
2004-2006 Scion xA
What You Might Pay: Around $5000-$8000
PHOTOS: See more images of the 2004 Scion xA
The Scion xA was slammed by critics, but adored by owners everywhere. It featured the underpinnings of Toyota’s bulletproof Echo sedan, with the addition of four doors and a rear hatch. Efficiency was good, highway mileage was a lofty 37mpg, and reliability was through the roof, but it wasn’t enough to save the hatch. The newer xD replaced it for 2007, which coincidentally is also a great buy (albeit more expensive).
8. The Looker
2004-2006 Mazda 3
What You Might Pay: $5000-$9000
The Mazda 3 is the Swiss Army knife of hatchbacks. It covers all the bases in a well-rounded package. Mazda offered this hatch with either a 2.0-liter or 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine, capable of 35 mpg on the highway with a light foot. These years received positive reliability ratings and the styling continues to look first-rate. Check one out if you’ve got a bigger family, there’s loads of room.
9. Mr. Reliable
2007-2009 Toyota Yaris
Price Estimates: $6500-$10,000+
New versions have been slow sellers as of late, but an older Yaris could be your ideal daily-driver. Nobody wants to part with them due to their bombproof reliability, so they demand quite the premium when they come up for sale. The tiny 1.5-liter four-cylinder delivers little excitement, but owners report up to 40 mpg on the highway. If you can find a low mileage example, buy it. Buy it now.
10. The Blockbuster
2007-2008 Honda Fit
Price Estimates: $8000-$10,000+
PHOTOS: See more images of the 2007 Honda Fit
The Fit combines strong reliability with sporty driving cues, which has given it rave reviews and big sales numbers. It’s doubtful you’ll find many low-mileage examples for under $10k, but these first years are worth the extra dough. Fuel economy is impressive (38 mpg highway) and the car really does corner exceptionally well. Our only complaint is that models with the manual transmission tend to be quite noisy at highway speeds.