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5 Best Used Nissans Under $15,000

Nissan offers a variety of safe, sensible and reliable family vehicles, typically at a pretty good value. Whether it’s a small sedan or a large family SUV with room for seven, there’s a used Nissan out there for just about anyone. Here we’ve highlighted five of our favorite used Nissans under $15,000 for 2020.

2016 Nissan Sentra

2016 Nissan Sentra

The Sentra is Nissan’s compact sedan offering, and it counts vehicles like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla as its main competitors. Buyers looking to pick one up for around $15,000 should look to an example from the 2013 through 2019 model years, and there are currently thousands listed for sale on Autotrader that would fit the bill. When it was new, we loved this generation Sentra for its spacious interior, respectable fuel economy, good ride quality and overall value. Power came from a humble 130-horsepower 4-cylinder engine, and the EPA rated fuel economy at a respectable 29 miles per gallon in the city and 38 mpg on the highway. The Sentra was offered in a variety of trims, the sportiest of which was the SR model, which packed more aggressive styling, a spoiler, rear disc brakes and more. Find a Nissan Sentra for sale

2016 Nissan Altima

2016 Nissan Altima

Nissan’s midsize family sedan offering, the Altima competes with vehicles like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and a litany of others. If you’re looking to pick up an Altima for around $15,000, look to the previous-generation model, sold from 2013 through 2018. While any model year will do, we recommend targeting an updated 2016-2018 model, which gained updated styling front and rear, an updated transmission, a more upscale interior and more. Power came from either a 4- or 6-cylinder engine. The 6-cylinder is rather potent, putting out 270 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Right now on Autotrader, there are thousands of 2016-or-newer Altimas readily available for around $15,000. Find a Nissan Altima for sale

2016 Nissan Rogue

2016 Nissan Rogue

The compact Rogue has for the past several years been one of the top-selling vehicles in America, counting other compact SUVs like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Ford Escape as its top rivals. The 2nd-generation Rogue was introduced for the 2014 model year and is still on sale today. It offers a sculpted, mature exterior paired with a functional interior. While its powertrain leaves something to be desired — a 170 hp 4-cylinder paired with a continuously variable automatic is about as boring as you can get — it does offer most of what buyers want in a compact SUV: space, value and good safety ratings. There was even a small 3rd-row seat available from the 2014 through 2017 model years. Right now on Autotrader, there are loads of used 2nd-generation Rogues to choose from for right around $15,000 or less. As far as used Nissans go, the Rogue is an excellent option. Find a Nissan Rogue for sale

2016 Nissan Pathfinder

2016 Nissan Pathfinder

In previous generations, the Pathfinder was a rugged, body-on-frame SUV, but with its redesign for the 2013 model year, Nissan took things in a different direction, morphing the Pathfinder into a car-like crossover SUV in the same vein as the Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot. What is lost in off-road capability it made up for in comfort, packaging efficiency and overall approachability. Any 2013-or-newer Pathfinder you find will offer room for up to seven passengers and a number of other family-friendly features, making it a great minivan alternative. Power comes from a basic 3.5-liter V6 engine paired with a CVT, admittedly not our favorite transmission. A hybrid model was offered briefly for 2013 and 2014, returning 26 mpg in combined driving when fitted with all-wheel drive. Check listings on Autotrader and you’ll find over 1,000 used 2013-or-newer Pathfinders listed for around $15,000. Find a Nissan Pathfinder for sale

2016 Nissan Leaf

2016 Nissan Leaf

Nissan’s all-electric compact hatchback, the Leaf makes for an excellent second vehicle. Provided you have the means to charge it, the Leaf offers decent range, and while it won’t be acceptable for a road trip, it will enable you to most likely commute to and from work and run a few errands without ever having to worry about running out of range. It’s also practical, thanks to its hatchback body style. If you’re hoping to pick one up for around $15,000, look to a 2016-or-newer model, as an update for 2016 saw the Leaf increase its range from about 73 miles to 107. Right now on Autotrader, there are over 400 used Leafs that would fit the bill. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

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