IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Shoppers in the market for an affordable used car should check out the list of 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000 compiled by the expert editors of Kelley Blue Book www.kbb.com, the leading provider of new and used car information.
With Americans looking to stretch their hard-earned dollars as far as they can go, many people find themselves checking out the used-car market instead of shopping new. Car shoppers in the market for a used vehicle in 2013 are in luck: New cars have never been so reliable, which means used-car buyers have never had it so good.
"To come up with this handy list of top used cars, first we compiled all the used cars from 2003 and newer with a Kelley Blue Book® Suggested Retail Value of less than $8,000 as of January 2013," said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com. "Then we went through the list and handpicked the 10 standouts with the most appealing mixes of reliability and desirability. The vehicles on our short list offer incredible value for today's budget-conscious car shopper."
Sample Selection of KBB.com's 2013 List of the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000
2003 Acura TL
Well-equipped and priced lower than the competition, today's Acura TL is one of our favorite premium-brand bargains. The TL has also developed an outstanding reputation for reliability, and that's how it earned its way onto this year's list of the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000.
Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value as of January 29, 2013: $6,768
2004 Honda Odyssey
Here's one of the true bargains on this list. The 2004 Honda Odyssey minivan doesn't play sexy, but it does offer tons of room for stuff and people -- including a fold-flat third-row seat -- as well as first-tier safety ratings and a standard V6 engine with buckets of power.
Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value as of January 29, 2013: $6,816
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that at some point every driver in possession of modest means must be in want of a truck. If your truck time has come at last, we recommend the hardworking delights of a rear-drive 2007 Chevy Silverado, boasting a new-for-2007 platform and a torquey V6.
Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value as of January 29, 2013: $7,997
2005 Volvo S60
Substantial size combined with better-than-expected fuel economy make the 2005 Volvo S60 a good choice for those looking for a long-legged midsize sedan. For the price of many non-luxury sedans of similar vintage, the S60 offers all their practicality, including an enormous trunk, plus a dose of European luxury and driving fun.
Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value as of January 29, 2013: $7,390
2011 Hyundai Accent
The newest vehicle on our used-car list by a big margin, the Hyundai Accent is a well-built, value-filled subcompact that has fared very well in our KBB.com consumer reviews. And unless the previous owner spent more time driving than sleeping, a used 2011 Accent will have plenty of coverage remaining with Hyundai's 5-year/60,000-mile warranty.
Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value as of January 29, 2013: $7,717
To see KBB.com's full list of the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000 for 2013, please visit http://www.kbb.com/car-reviews-and-news/top-10/best-used-cars-under-8000-2013/.
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