Top 10 V6 sedans for under $10,000: Updated for 2020
Updated: January 09, 2020.
Looking for a used family car that has decent power? Here is the top 10 list for you. We have researched the U.S. used car market and looked at many different cars. We have selected these V6 sedans that we think deserve your consideration.
2010-2015 Ford Taurus V6
2015 Ford Taurus.
The 2010+ Taurus is a full-size upscale sedan. It offers an amazing driving experience and a quiet cabin. Overall, this vehicle feels solid and substantial. The 3.5L Cyclone V6 engine provides good acceleration. The Taurus is available with front- or all-wheel drive. We even found a few SHO models for under 10K. The SHO has all-wheel drive and comes with the 365-hp twin-turbo 3.5L Ecoboost V6. The 2013 front-wheel drive V6 Taurus is rated at 19/28 mpg
. Consider buying an extended warranty for the powertrain, as some repairs could be expensive at higher mileage.
2007-2014 Nissan Maxima
2009 Nissan Maxima.
The Maxima is a large premium sporty family sedan with front-wheel drive. The 3.5L V6 engine propels the 2013 Maxima from 0 to 60 mph in around 6.3 seconds.
Nissan Maxima delivers 19 mpg
in city driving and 26 mpg
on the highway. Considering that there are some questions to the CVT transmission in some model years, it's not a bad idea to get a good extended warranty for the powertrain. Redesign years: 2004, 2009, 2016.
2006-2012 Lexus ES 330/350
2011 Lexus ES 350.
The Lexus ES is a luxury version of the Toyota Camry; it rides on the same front-wheel drive platform and only comes with an automatic transmission and 3.3L, or from 2007, 3.5L V6. The Lexus ES is very comfortable and has a soft and quiet ride. The sound system is excellent. Parts are expensive but Lexus is the most reliable brand. Another big plus is that it's very likely to be well maintained by its original owner. The 2011 Lexus ES 350 is rated at 19/27 mpg
. Redesign years: 2002, 2007, 2013.
2007-2013 Honda Accord V6
2009 Honda Accord.
The V6 Accord is a safe bet for a fast family sedan. Compared to its archrival Camry, the Accord offers firmer ride and sportier handling. The Accord's V6 is smooth and has plenty of power. Good crash test ratings are a big plus. The interior is roomy and stylish. The Accord is dependable and holds its value well. Maintenance costs are low despite the fact that the V6 engine has a timing belt. The 2012 Honda Accord V6 is rated at 20/30 mpg
city/highway. Redesign years: 2003, 2008, 2013.
Infiniti G35/G37 2006-2013
2009 Infiniti G37.
Infiniti is a luxury brand owned by Nissan. The G35/37 is the most sporty car in this list; it's even available with a manual transmission. The G comes with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive (G35X/G37X). It handles beautifully and has a strong VQ V6 engine. The interior is roomy and nicely finished. Reliability is well above average, although parts are expensive. The 2012 rear-wheel-drive G37 sedan is rated at 19/26 mpg
. Redesign years: 2003, 2007. For the 2014 redesign, the G37 was renamed Q50.
2007-2013 Toyota Camry V6
2011 Toyota Camry.
The best-selling Camry is known for its reliability and comfort, but the V6-powered Camry is fast. The 0 to 60 mph time for the 2012 3.5L V6 Camry is under 6 seconds. The Camry has front-wheel drive and offers a roomy interior and a smooth driving experience. The Camry is the most fuel-efficient V6-powered family sedan on this list. The 2012 Camry V6 is rated at 21/30 mpg
city/highway. Redesign years: 2007, 2012.
Dodge Charger V6 2009-2014
2010 Dodge Charger.
The Charger stands out from the crowd with its sporty and aggressive look. It's one of the best highway cruisers and the exhaust sounds amazing. The Charger has a rear-wheel drive, but it's also available with all-wheel drive. Redesigned for 2011, the Charger received a more powerful V6 and a much nicer interior. The 2011 rear-wheel drive Charger with a 292-hp 3.6L Pentastar V6 gets an EPA-estimated 18/27 mpg
city/highway. Although not without some electrical and other minor issues, it's a damn good car.
2005-2012 Acura TL
2009 Acura TL.
The Acura TL is a premium front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive V6 sport sedan. The TL is well equipped and has plenty of power; the 2009 Acura TL SH AWD will get you from 0 to 60 mph in 6.5 seconds. A manual transmission is available, but rare. Overall, the Acura TL is reliable, but lack of maintenance will cause problems. When checking a used Acura TL, stay away if the car has a noisy engine. The EPA rates the 2012 FWD Acura TL auto at 20/29 mpg
on premium gasoline. Redesign years: 2004, 2009.
Toyota Avalon 2007-2013
2012 Toyota Avalon.
The Avalon is a reliable front-wheel drive full-size sedan. It offers a very spacious interior and a smooth ride. Redesign years: 2005, 2013. The 2013 Avalon looks sharp, but is a bit more expensive than 10K. The power comes from Toyota's 3.5L 2GR-FE V6, which is one of the best V6 engines on the market. The 2012 Toyota Avalon gets 19 mpg
in city driving and 28 mpg
on the highway. It should not be too difficult to find a used Toyota Avalon in good condition.
BMW 5-series 2007-2012
2012 BMW 5-series.
Even though the Bimmer technically has an Inline-6 and not a V6 engine, we decided to include it. The 5-series combines performance and luxury in one package and is widely available for under $10K. The 5-series comes with rear- or all-wheel drive. The non-turbo 528i is a sensible choice, as the turbocharged 535i could be expensive to maintain in the long run. You can even get the 5-series with a manual transmission. Of course, it requires premium gasoline and parts aren't cheap. The rear-wheel drive 2011 BMW 528i is rated at 21/31 mpg
on premium gasoline. Redesign years: 2004, 2011.