We would also recommend the Honda Accord, Odyssey, and CR-V; however, the cars under $5000 normally have more than the 150,000 mile limit we set. That doesn’t mean they aren’t solid cars, and in fact, you’ll probably be able to coax out another 150k, but they don’t necessarily meet the criteria for our list today.
As many owners found out the hard way, though, not keeping a steady eye on maintenance and oil changes proved costly, as engine sludge build up sent a number of these Japanese engines to an early grave. If engine sludge didn’t affect the engine, another killer proved to be head gasket failures with cracks in the aluminum heads that caused overheating issues.
The second generation Honda Pilot is offered in four trim levels. The EX level offers a solid mix of affordability, safety, and comfort. For example, a 2015 Honda Pilot EX can be equipped with keyless entry, 18 inch wheels, tri-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, sliding and reclining second row seating, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a large display screen, and a sound system that includes a CD player, auxiliary jack, and iPod/USB interface.
There are few minivans under $5000 that are as reliable as the Kia Sedona. Unfortunately, the Sedona is often overshadowed by its competitors from Honda and Toyota. If you take a hard look at the Sedona, you will find a well-equipped, practical, and extremely affordable minivan. As an added bonus, to find the cars under $5000, you do not have to go back as nearly as many models years as you will with a Honda Odyssey or Toyota Sienna.