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8 Great Used Fords Under $15,000 for 2020

Ford is a historic American brand with a long reputation for building sturdy, reliable cars, trucks and SUVs. Ford also has a rich history of performance cars that dominate both the track and the street. If you have a used car budget of $15,000, you have a wide variety of Ford models available that can be the perfect fit for your budget and your lifestyle.

Here are eight great used Fords you can find on Autotrader under $15,000 for 2020.

2013-2017 Ford C-Max Energi

2013-2017 Ford C-Max Energi

Ford might not be the most famous hybrid brand in the car industry, but the Ford C-Max Energi is a respectable plug-in hybrid compact hatchback. With a fully charged battery, the C-Max Energi has an all-electric range of 20 miles and returns a combined fuel economy rating of 39 miles per gallon with a dead hybrid battery. That makes the C-Max Energi a great hatchback for urban commuting drivers trying to reduce their carbon footprint or just trying to save a few bucks on gas. Find a Ford C-MAX for sale

2013-2019 Ford Escape

2013-2019 Ford Escape

The Ford Escape is all-new for 2020, and its previous generation that was introduced in 2013 and refreshed in 2017 is an excellent value in used compact crossover SUVs. The Escape is just-right-sized with roomy seating space, and it has one of the bigger cargo holds in its class while still being small enough to drive like a compact car. The Escape offers a lot of variety under the hood with a base 4-cylinder engine that’s upgradable to two different turbocharged engines: one that’s tuned for better fuel economy and a bigger one that’s more performance-oriented. Find a Ford Escape for sale

2007-2014 Ford Expedition

2007-2014 Ford Expedition

Drivers looking for a plus-size SUV with real truck-like capabilities and a family-friendly interior without breaking the bank should look no further than a used Ford Expedition. Yes, the current Expedition that came out in 2018 is outstanding, but there’s no way you’ll find one in one piece for less than $15,000 in 2020. The 3rd-generation model has plenty to offer with a standard V8 engine through the 2014 model year with some serious muscle. For one do-it-all SUV that can haul the whole family while towing a boat to the lake without breaking a sweat, the Expedition is hard to beat. Find a Ford Expedition for sale

2011-2015 Ford Explorer

2011-2015 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a trusted name in midsize family SUVs for good reasons. The Explorer combines rugged capabilities with on-road refinement in a way that few competitors can match. The Explorer made the big switch from body-on-frame to a unibody construction starting in 2011, and the result is an excellent, modern three-row crossover. The Explorer earns great safety scores, comes with high-tech interior features and retains great off-road performance when equipped with 4-wheel drive. Find a Ford Explorer for sale

2009-2014 Ford F-150

2009-2014 Ford F-150

There’s arguably no truck on the planet more iconic than the Ford F-150. Ford trucks have a long history of sturdy durability and rock-solid reliability. The one to get with a $15,000 budget is the 12th-generation model, which is new enough to be modern but depreciated enough to be affordable. The F-150 got a nice update in 2011 with two new V8 engine options and a new base V6. The powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 also became available, which has quickly become a fan favorite for its outstanding blend of performance, capability and fuel economy. This isn’t just a great value in used Fords — it’s one of the best trucks you can get for under $15,000. Find a Ford F-150 for sale

2015-2018 Ford Focus

2015-2018 Ford Focus

The Ford Focus was a great compact car that was gone from the U.S. market too soon when it was discontinued after the 2018 model year. Available as a sedan or a hatchback, the 3rd-generation Focus was introduced in 2012. It got a nice update for 2015 that added a standard backup camera, a refreshed look and more available features, including a heated steering wheel, blind spot monitoring and lane-departure warning. For drivers who need a practical hatchback but have an appetite for a performance car, we strongly recommend the Focus ST hot hatch, which has become a screaming deal on the used market. Find a Ford Focus for sale

2013-2019 Ford Fusion

2013-2019 Ford Fusion

When the second and final generation of the Ford Fusion came out in 2013, it was Ford taking a serious shot at the tough Japanese competitors in midsize sedans. Refreshed in 2017, the Fusion got a slightly revised look, the SYNC 3 infotainment system and two new trims: the luxurious Platinum trim and the performance-oriented Sport model. The Fusion has a roomy, upscale cabin, a strong range of engine options and available all-wheel drive, which was uncommon in this segment up until the last year or two. Find a Ford Fusion for sale

2015-2017 Ford Mustang

The Ford Mustang is an American icon that needs no introduction. Right now is a great time to be shopping for a used Mustang because the current S550 generation of the sports car is creeping below the $15,000 mark on the used market. Don’t expect to find any V8-powered GT models in this price range, but if you can find an EcoBoost Mustang coupe or convertible for less than $15,000, you’ve got yourself an outstanding bargain on a modern performance car. Don’t be fooled by the four cylinders under the hood. The turbocharged Mustang makes 300 horsepower while returning 32 mpg on the highway. Find a Ford Mustang for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More about Eric Brandt

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