#used cars under 5000
1999 Honda Civic Si
Honda’s always a good go-to option for affordable cars; the Civic has been synonymous with “cheap car” for decades now, but that’s not an insult. Year after year, the Civic has become a reliable standard by which to compare all other budget cars, being intensely reliable with just enough style to fool you into thinking you’ve got a fancy automobile. The Civic is a fantastic compact with a long life span, so you don’t have to worry about that 100,000-mile model you’re picking up breaking down on you anytime soon (with the proper maintenance, of course).
The 1999 Honda Civic Si coupe, in particular, is a shining example of the longevity of this particular model. Its 16-vale, 160 horsepower VTEC engine is surprisingly powerful inside such a small car, and the low weight helps make it a fantastically smooth drive (in addition to its powerful and stable handling). The car can get up to 8,000 rpm, and its manual five-speed gearbox is to die for; you’ll absolutely love driving the Civic. That is, of course, if you can get your hands on one – the Si in particular is remarkably hard to find, but if you can find it, it’s probably one of the best cars under $5000 you can possibly get.