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What’s the Best Toyota Camry You Can Get for $15,000?

For the past decade, the Toyota Camry has been one of the best-selling vehicles in America. As a result, there are a lot to choose from on the used market. In fact, there are so many that the process of finding the right used example for you might seem overwhelming. Below, we’ll identify attributes to look for in a used Camry for around $15,000


While the Camry is all-new for 2018, the previous-generation model was built from the 2012 to 2017 model years, receiving an update for the 2015 model year. We recommend looking for a Camry from one of these model years, as it will still feel like a fairly modern vehicle, but most will have depreciated significantly since new, making them a good value. As the Camry was updated for 2015, we recommend starting your search with 2015-2017 models, as the update brought about a number of improvements.

A quick Autotrader search for 2015-2017 Toyota Camrys priced around $15,000 yields just under 3,000 results.


From the 2012 to 2017 model years, the Camry’s engine lineup consisted of a 178 horsepower 4-cylinder, a 268 hp V6 and a Hybrid model making 202 combined hp and earning a respectable 40 miles per gallon overall.

Which engine is best depends on your individual needs. If you’re looking for a newer, comfortably optioned model with low miles, and you don’t care about performance, opt for the 4-cylinder. If you’re looking for a more engaging driving experience, the V6 model might be a good choice, but note that you’ll experience less desirable fuel economy.

The hybrid model is great for anyone doing a lot of driving and wanting to minimize their fuel consumption. Thanks to their unquestionable benefits, though, Camry Hybrid models carry a price premium over their regular 4- and 6-cylinder counterparts.

At the $15,000 price point, the majority of models you’ll find are of the 4-cylinder variety, with around 2,900 of the aforementioned 2015-2017 Camrys listed on Autotrader coming with this engine. V6 and Hybrid models are much harder to come by at this price point, but if you’re patient, you’ll likely be able to find one.

Trim Level/Mileage

While the Camry was only available in a standard 4-door sedan bodystyle over these model years, there were a number of trim levels offered.

Base models don’t offer much in the way of amenities. The LE adds such things as a sunroof and nicer wheels. Step up to the SLE for amenities like leather and heated seats.

Throughout the 2012-2017 model years, the Camry also offered sporty-feeling SE and XSE models which came with either the 4- or the 6-cylinder engine, larger 17-inch or 18-in wheels, a body kit and a sport-tuned suspension.

Buyers love the Camry for its simplicity and reliability, so opting for a higher mileage Camry isn’t a bad choice if it means getting the trim level or powertrain you want. While a higher mileage example will mean that basic maintenance items will need to be addressed sooner, we think buyers will find value in a Camry with around 50,000 miles.


Overall, a buyer looking for a Toyota Camry at the $15,000 price point will have no shortage of options to choose from. That said, we recommend looking for a 2015-2017 model and expanding your search to the 2012-2017 model years if you can’t find what you’re looking for. For $15,000, the 4-cylinder Camry SE offers a good balance of efficiency, amenities and value. SE, and even XSE models, look to have been popular over the 2015 to 2017 model years, with over 1,000 with fewer than 45,000 miles on the odometer listed for sale on Autotrader.

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Chris O'Neill
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 about Chris O'Neill

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