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7 Great Used Cars for Under $15,000 for 2019

Buyers with $15,000 to spend on a vehicle have a lot of great options. Thanks to the current popularity of SUVs, sedans and hatchbacks are experiencing fast depreciation, meaning that buyers can pick up a well-equipped, gently-used one at a great price. Here we’ll outline seven of our favorite used cars available for around $15,000.

2017-2018 Mazda3

2017-2018 Mazda3

The Mazda3 is a cut above the competition with regard to refinement and driving characteristics. The third-generation model, which went on sale in 2014 and was refreshed for 2017, is a great all-around vehicle, and early examples are readily available for $15,000, with over 400 listed on Autotrader to choose from. Of these, only around 70 are of the hatchback body style, but we feel that the added practicality of the hatchback is worth the slight price premium. Find a Mazda3 for sale

2014-2018 Kia Soul

2014-2018 Kia Soul

Not only does the Kia Soul stand out in a crowd of boring egg-shaped compact cars, but it offers immense practicality as well, thanks to its boxy proportions. A brand-new 2019 Soul comes with a starting price of just over $16,000, meaning that it’s easy to find a nicely-equipped used model for around $15k, and there are well over 1,000 good options listed on Autotrader that fit the bill. The Soul was sold with three different engines over these model years, the most potent of which was a 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbo introduced for 2017, but these are tough to find at this price point. Nonetheless, the Soul’s low starting price means that it offers great value on the used market. Find a Kia Soul for sale

2013-2017 Honda Accord

2013-2017 Honda Accord

The Honda Accord is one of the leading midsize sedans on the market and has been for years, thanks to it offering consistent reliability, good driving dynamics, and an overall compelling design. The ninth-generation Accord was offered from the 2013 to 2017 model years. Two traditional powertrains were offered: a 4-cylinder making 185 hp and a V6 making 278 hp. The 4-cylinder returns 30 miles per gallon in combined driving, while with the V6, that figure drops to around 25. There’s also a hybrid available, although these are tough to find for $15k. Right now on Autotrader, there are well over 1,000 2013-2017 Accords listed on Autotrader for around $15,000, around 250 of which have the V6 engine. Find a Honda Accord for sale

2011-2016 Subaru Impreza

2011-2016 Subaru Impreza

If you’re looking at a Subaru, chances are you were drawn in by one thing: standard all-wheel drive. Couple this with the Impreza’s available hatchback body style, and it makes for an immensely practical vehicle. For anyone wanting a more rugged aesthetic, there’s the Crosstrek, which takes a basic Impreza hatchback and adds an increased ride height, roof rails and plastic body cladding. There are currently over 600 Imprezas listed on Autotrader for around $15,000. While the majority of these are from the 2011-2016 model years, there are around 70 2017-or-newer Imprezas, which boast an all-new design, listed for around $15,000 as well. Find a Subaru Impreza for sale

2011-2016 Subaru Impreza

2011-2016 Toyota Sienna

You can’t argue with the fact that minivans are top dog when it comes to practicality. No matter how popular SUVs get, minivans will always offer superior functionality with regard to ingress and egress, fuel economy and space, and the Toyota Sienna is no exception. Since the current model has been on sale since 2011, a used example from any of the last eight model years will look very similar to a new one. Regardless of model year, any 2011-or newer Sienna offers room for eight people or seven if you opt for second row captain’s chairs. The Sienna’s third-row folds directly into the floor and out of the way, allowing for a ton of cargo room. If you’re looking for a used third-generation Sienna, note that in addition to a V6, a 4-cylinder model was offered in 2011 and 2012. That said, we recommend the more potent V6, which became standard in 2013. Additionally, the Sienna is available with AWD, which makes it a little more approachable for someone still wanting SUV. Right now on Autotrader, there is a wide range of 2011-2016 Siennas to choose from, around 90 of which come with AWD. Find a Toyota Sienna for sale

2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf

2015-2018 Volkswagen Golf

While Volkswagen has managed to destroy its reputation over the past few years thanks to a widespread and highly-publicized emissions cheating scandal, it still builds one of our favorite used cars in the Golf, which offers a great overall package thanks to good driving dynamics and an excellent interior. The seventh-generation Golf came out for the 2015 model year and was available in both 2- and 4-door body styles for 2015 and 2016, and only as a 4-door from 2017 and on. Additionally, a wagon version is offered, known as the Golf Sportwagen. Regardless of which one you choose, a Golf from these years will come with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 170 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, which makes it more potent than a lot of other compact sedans, but underachieving with regard to fuel economy. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 500 2015-2018 Golfs listed for around $15,000. Find a Volkswagen Golf for sale

2016-2018 Nissan Altima

2016-2018 Nissan Altima

Nissan’s midsize sedan, the Altima, has been on sale since the early 1990s. While an all-new Altima was introduced for 2019, the outgoing model, which was introduced in 2013 and updated for 2016, is readily available for around $15,000, or less. Buyers can choose between a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine putting out 182 hp and returning 31 mpg combined or a 3.5-liter V6 making 270 hp. Among the available trim levels is a sporty SR model, which adds a sport suspension, 18-in wheels, a rear spoiler and paddle shifters. On Autotrader, buyers looking for a used Altima for under $15,000 have over 1,000 options to choose from, 50 of which even come with the V6 engine. Find a Nissan Altima for sale

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