The automotive industry had a lot of surprises in 2012, not the least of which was a recent yearly record for used car sales. More than 40 million used cars sold last year, the highest total since 2007, according to a report on Cars.com.

The used car totals by CNW Market Research detailed that for every new sold in 2012 , nearly three used cars sold. The numbers prompted Cars.com to rekindle its former annual list of the top-10 used cars available for around $10,000.

The list includes cars seven years old or newer and selected with some safety and reliability criteria.

2006 Honda Civic
2006 Honda Civic

The top-10 list includes some expected vehicles, like the always-reliable Honda Civic, and there are surprises like the Scion TC. The list includes four Fords and two Hyundai as well as single choices for Kia and Nissan.

Here’s what Cars.com said about the 2006 Honda Civic:

“When Honda unveiled a redesigned 2012 Civic, people praised the prior car, which Honda built from 2006 to 2011. (Honda’s emergency refresh of the 2012 thankfully made some amends.) This is the beloved eighth-generation Civic, whose interior quality, fuel efficiency and overall drivability impressed so much that they still hold up today. Coupes and sedans come in a range of trims, and all versions have standard antilock brakes and six airbags.”

Here’s the entire Cars.com top-10 list for used cars dating to 2006

2006 Ford Escape, 2008 Ford Focus, 2007 Ford Freestyle, 2007 Ford Fusion, 2006 Honda Civic, 2006 Hyundai Azera, 2007 Hyundai Sonata, 2008 Kia Optima, 2008 Nissan Versa, 2007 Scion tC.

To read the entire article, visit: Car.com’s Best Used Cars

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