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Just because you need to commute doesn’t mean your ride needs to be boring, even if you’re on a budget.
2006 – 2009 Dodge Charger RT
The first generation of the new Dodge Charger shouldn’t run you more than 12k in RT trim. Add in AWD and it’ll get you anywhere you need to go.
2007 – 2009 VW Gold GTI
The original “do anything car” offers the perfect mix of fun and practicality, at around 10k – 12k for a 2009 -2009 model.
2006 Mazdaspeed 6
With a turbo 2.4L and AWD, these were great cars and faster than most anything else in their class. You’re only trouble might be finding one in good condition.
2006 – 2008 Audi A4
You should have no problem plucking up a 2.0T A4 for around 10k – 12k. They look great, are cheaper to run and service than their competitors and perform great in all conditions with AWD.
2008 Mitsubishi Evolution MR
The market is still strong on the coveted GSR model, but the standard MR Evolutions have come down to under 20k. If you shop around, you can fulfill your rally fantasies every day on the way to work.
2008 Cadillac CTS
While admittedly expensive to service, few cars offer more for less than a modern Cadillac. You can have status, comfort and style all for under 15k if you do your shopping.
Whether in coupe or sedan form, these things are an absolute steal right now. You will not believe how far 10k goes with one of these cars.