The Toyota Camry and legendary reliability are synonymous. Toyota has always equipped its mid-size family offering with tough, durable engines that have been known to last well past 300,000 miles. Add to that the highest safety ratings possible and you have one of the best cars under $5000 imaginable. To find a Camry under $5000, you do not have to stretch to the 300,000 mile mark, either. You should be able to find Camry that is less than 12 model years old and has fewer than 130,000 miles on it for the $5000 mark we have set.
The buzz initially started with the JDM dual cam VTEC engine which was accompanied by the hope that it would make its way across the pond to the US market. Sadly, it never made it with the dual camshaft formula.
The Toyota Corolla AE86 had a great Japanese professional driver in the 1980s and subsequently started a legion of new fans of the 4A-GE and Corolla when the anime series Initial D started in the early 2000s. Fans flocked to pick up the chassis and build capable drift cars as seen in Initial D, but most were disappointed in the 4A-GE engine once they realized how wimpy it was in real life.
The Civic is probably the car most synonymous with Honda. Most people picture a Civic in their mind’s eye when someone mentions Honda used cars. In fact, we’d bet you probably did when you read the title of this article.