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10 Best Used Subcompact Cars Under $15,000

Subcompact cars make great urban runabouts, typically offering efficiency, maneuverability, and still, in many cases, a fair amount of practicality. Here are 10 gently used subcompact cars and SUVs available for around $15,000.

1. 2018 Chevrolet Sonic

2018 Chevrolet Sonic Rear Right Side in Red

GM’s entry into the subcompact space, the Sonic packs decent value into a small package. It’s sold as both a sedan and hatchback; naturally, we prefer the hatchback for its added practicality. Highlights of the 2018 Sonic include its infotainment system, which came standard with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, allowing you to use your phone’s communication, navigation, and media apps through the car’s center screen. Find a Chevrolet Sonic for sale

2. 2018 Fiat 500

2012-2017 Fiat 500

The smallest car on our list, the Fiat 500 is a tiny two-door hatchback best suited for life in the city. It’s even offered in a fun Abarth trim, which features performance touches like a sport suspension and turbocharged engine.  Either way, if you’re looking for a simple, affordable small car, the 500 is a great value, and just about any one you find will be priced around $15,000 or below.  Find a Fiat 500 for sale

3. 2018 Ford Fiesta

2018 Ford Fiesta Ford Fiesta

The Ford Fiesta probably doesn’t need much introduction. The smaller sibling to the Focus, the Fiesta was sold here from 2011 through 2019, after which it was discontinued as Ford chose to emphasize SUVs. A low starting price when new means it’s possible to pick up a Fiesta for well under $15k. We’re partial to the performance-oriented ST model, which comes with 197 horsepower and a 6-speed manual transmission. Find a Ford Fiesta for sale

4. 2018 Honda Fit

2018 Honda Fit Front Left Side in Orange

The Honda Fit offers a surprisingly nice interior along with unexpectedly good driving dynamics.  Additionally, thanks to efficient packaging, it offers a spacious cabin with plenty of storage room, aided by the fact that the front passenger seat folds completely flat, making the Fit great for hauling long items. Find a Honda Fit for sale

5. 2019 Hyundai Accent

2019 Hyundai Accent Front Left Side in Maroon

The latest generation of the Accent is offered exclusively in sedan form. It’ll get you from point A to point B with little fanfare and good style. On top of that, the Accent offers surprising rear-seat legroom and cargo area. It also offers features like Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, plus a foot-activated trunk. Find a Hyundai Accent for sale

6. 2017 Kia Soul

2017 Kia Soul

Kia’s blocky, box-shaped subcompact entry is the Soul. A high-riding hatchback, we’d stop short of calling the Soul an SUV, given that it’s only available with front-wheel drive. Still, the Soul offers ample cargo-hauling capability and a standout design. Find a Kia Soul for sale

7. 2019 Kia Rio

2019 Kia Rio

Kia’s entry into the subcompact car space is the Rio.  Like many other vehicles on our list, the Rio is available as either a sedan or a hatchback.  Overall, it boasts a dignified exterior design and a reasonably nice interior.  Thanks to a low starting price, it’s possible to pick up a Rio from Find a Kia Rio for sale

8. 2019 Nissan Versa

2019 Nissan Versa

The Versa is a value-oriented subcompact commuter car from Nissan.  It’s available in both sedan and hatchback form.  Despite its bargain-basement pricing, the Versa still offers plenty of interior space, good fuel economy, and even Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Find a Nissan Versa for sale

9. 2017 Toyota Prius C

2018 Toyota Prius C

The Toyota Prius made a name for itself as the first mainstream hybrid when it hit the market over two decades ago. A couple of years back, Toyota attempted to expand the Prius brand beyond just one model, introducing the subcompact Prius C as a smaller, more affordable alternative to the compact Prius. Expect to see 46 mpg combined, according to the EPA. Find a Toyota Prius C for sale

10. 2018 Toyota Yaris iA

2018 Toyota Yaris iA Front Right Side in SilverThe Yaris name has had a presence in Toyota’s lineup for several years now, but the most recent Yaris was actually a re-badged Mazda2. It was offered in both sedan and hatchback form and came with a great interior and good driving dynamics, both of which are Mazda hallmarks. Find a Toyota Yaris for sale

Chris O'Neill
Chris O'Neill is an author specializing in competitive analysis, consumer recommendations, and adventure-driven enthusiast content. A lifelong car enthusiast, he worked in the auto industry for a bit, helping Germans design cars for Americans, and now lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. He runs an Instagram account, @MountainWestCarSpotter, which in his own words is "actually pretty good", and has a... Read More

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