Honda has long been known for its reliability and durability. So if you’re in the market for a used car that’s going to last, a Honda makes perfect sense. There are a number of used Hondas to choose from depending on your needs, ranging from subcompact to small crossover. And you can find all of them for less than $15,000. Here’s the rundown …
2009-2012 Honda Accord
Available in both sedan and coupe form, the Honda Accord is arguably the best midsize car ever built. Not only does it enjoy excellent reliability and a bullet proof reputation, the Accord also delivers a well-crafted interior with an intuitive layout and generous passenger room, all for under $15,000. From a driving standpoint, the Accord offers two strong engine choices: A 177-horsepower 2.4-liter 4-cylinder, or an upgraded 190-hp version of the same engine. In addition, the ride is compliant and handling is superior compared to others in the segment. Aside from not offering a rear-folding seat, the Accord has everything a family car could ask for — good looks, great quality and a comprehensive list of safety, technology and convenience features.
2012-2015 Honda Civic
Fitting easily into our $15,000 budget, the Honda Civic takes on a modern appearance with a sleek and aerodynamic shape which Honda refers to as the "one-motion" design. On the inside, there may be no compact car that offers this much head- and legroom in both rows of seating. When you’re sitting in the driver’s seat, it feels more like a midsize sedan interior in terms of both size and quality. On the road, the Civic has a smooth and quiet demeanor, making it comfortable for the everyday commute. And you can expect impressive fuel economy as high as 31 miles per gallon city and 41 mpg highway.
2013-2015 Honda CR-V
Along with the Toyota RAV4, the Honda CR-V has ruled the compact SUV segment for over 20 years now. But that’s not surprising when you look at everything it has to offer. Of all the used Hondas, the CR-V promises the most in the way of safety, practicality and comfort — the three things all families want in their everyday transportation — which means there’s a lot of value here for under $15,000. Passenger space and cargo room are ample for a family of four (families of five or more will need something larger). On the road, the CR-V grants a car-like driving experience that makes it both an excellent commuter vehicle and the ideal weekend roadtrip crossover. Powered by a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine making 185 hp, the CR-V comes in both front- and all-wheel drive.
2012-2015 Honda CR-Z
At first glance, you’ll think it’s a sports car. But it’s quite the opposite. This little 2-door hatchback is actually a hybrid. Honda tried something new when they conceived the CR-Z, combining two different genres — the hybrid and the sports coupe. The result was both polarizing and unique. With two seats and a fairly compact cabin, the Honda CR-Z is by no means a family vehicle. But it’s ideal for someone looking for a stylish alternative to the bland design of other offerings in the green car segment, while still remaining under the $15,000 threshold. And being quick-footed and nimble, it’s actually more fun to drive than most mainstream hybrids. The best part, of course, is the CR-Z’s 34 mpg combined fuel economy rating.
2009-2014 Honda Fit
The subcompact Honda Fit has been one of the most versatile and well-packaged small cars since it arrived on the market in the early 2000s. This well-built hatchback is roomy and comfortable, with lots of space for passengers and cargo. Standard features include keyless entry, cruise control and Bluetooth. Motivated by an efficient 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, the Fit is peppy and fun to drive. It feels solid and stable on roads and is easy to maneuver in tight parking lots due to its miniscule footprint. Another important advantage to this little 5-door is its fuel economy of up to 36 mpg combined. Best of all, a $15,000 budget will allow you to choose from virtually all 2009-2014 Fit models.