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    Introduction

    Hatchbacks are gaining in popularity here in the U.S., but in the past the roomy little three- and five-doors just haven't sold. As a result, there just aren't too many options in the used car market, but since many hatchbacks started their lives as inexpensive cars you can actually find some decent wheels for under $5,000. We found some functional and efficient hatchbacks that will help keep your fuel expenditures low and get you where you need to go.

  • 2004 Volkswagen Golf

    2004 Volkswagen Golf

    Price: $4,888
    Mileage: 73,188
    If You Bought It New: $15,580
    Engine: 2.0-liter four cylinder, 115 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: N/A
    Selling Points: 
    Want an older hatchback for a reasonable price? Volkswagen knows how to do hatchbacks right, and the Golf is an excellent example. Excellent driving characteristics and up-scale interior are but two of the many reasons to consider a VW.
     
  • 2004 Ford Focus

    2004 Ford Focus

    Price: $4,994
    Mileage: 72,097
    If You Bought It New: $12,965
    Engine: 2.0-liter four cylinder, 130 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 3
    Selling Points: Early Ford Focuses were dinged by lots of recalls and suspect reliability, but Ford fixed most of these problems by 2004. To address consumer concerns, it offered a 100,000-mile limited warranty. Extra bonus? The Focus is actually fun to drive.
     
  • 2001 Hyundai Elantra GT

    2001 Hyundai Elantra GT

    Price: $4,889
    Mileage: 75,758
    If You Bought It New: $12,449
    Engine: 2.0-liter four cylinder, 140 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5
    Selling Points: The Elantra isn't exactly the most beautiful vehicle on the planet, but it's reasonably reliable and the GT is actually offers a bit of style.
     
  • 2003 Pontiac Vibe

    2003 Pontiac Vibe

    Price: $3,750
    Mileage: 123,087
    If You Bought It New: $16,485
    Engine: 1.8-liter four cylinder, 130 hp
    JD Power Dependability Rating: 2.5
    Selling Points: The Vibe is one of our favorite low-cost hatchbacks. It's larger than many models, it's fairly attractive, and it nets good fuel economy. And if you're not a Pontiac fan you can take heart in the fact that the Vibe is a twin of the Toyota Matrix.
     
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