10 Best Used Cars Under $15,000

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When it comes time to find the best used cars under $15,000, you might be at a loss on where to begin your search. At the Phil Long Family of Dealerships throughout Colorado and North-Eastern New Mexico, we have every used car model you could imagine, and something to surely suit your needs. While there are plenty of options in the used car market, some used cars for sale under $15,000 are clearly better options than others. That's why we've put together this list of our top choices as the 10 best used cars under 15k. If you're operating on a slightly smaller budget, check out our list of the best used cars under $10,000. Use the scroll feature below to move left to right and view our top choices of used cars under 15k.

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Top 10 Used Cars Priced Under $15,000

10. 2014 Chevy Cruze

Starting us off on our list of the best used cars under $15,000 is the Chevy Cruze. It might be a basic vehicle, but plenty is going on. Grab standard features such as power accessories, key-less entry, and Bluetooth plus an upscale interior. There is even a fuel-efficient Eco model plus an available diesel engine option that was a new addition in 2014. Ranked #3 in U.S. News & World Report of 2014 Affordable Small Cars.

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9. 2013 Hyundai Elantra

If you desire a variety of body styles in the best used cars to buy under $15,000, consider this option. You can choose this car as a sedan, coupe or hatchback. Even the base trim comes with large 16-inch wheels, heated mirrors, and full power accessories. This used Elantra has good cargo space, a roomy cabin, and high fuel economy ratings from 26 city/38 hwy mpg. In 2013, air conditioning and cruise control became standard Elantra features.

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8. 2012 Nissan Frontier

Maybe the best used car for 15k that suits your needs best is actually a truck. You can go ahead and get this pickup dirty without worrying about how much you spent. It’s ideal for work and play, plus it looks a lot like the newest lineup without the high price tag. This used Nissan truck has strong acceleration, agile handling, and an available V6 engine option. Ranked #3 in 2012 Compact Pickup Trucks by U.S News & World Report.

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7. 2011 BMW 3-Series 328i

If you wish to drive a luxury-minded vehicle that's under the price tag of $15,000, then this BMW is a great option. It’s sporty, affordable and allows you to have it all without going into debt. Grab it in a four-door sedan or opt for the wagon model, if you prefer. This used 3-Series has a potent, powerful engine reaching a maximum of 335HP with fantastic handling, comfortable front seats, and strong safety ratings.

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6. 2014 Subaru Forester

One of the most reliable used cars under $15,000 is this Subaru model. It comes standard with AWD and is rugged SUV. If you want to go off-road for some adventures without spending a lot of money, this is the way to go. Good fuel economy for an older SUV achieving up to 32 MPG on the highway. Spacious back seats for passengers and a large cargo area for road trips and family vacations.

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5. 2014 Toyota Corolla

Like some of the other best cars under $15,000, the Corolla saw a refresh during this model year. It came with a broader and longer body, plus an updated interior. You'll love the user-friendly, quiet cabin and spacious seats, especially if you do a lot of commuting. The 2014 Corolla is a comfortable ride with a high reliability rating.

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4. 2010 Nissan 370Z

Another one of the best used cars under $15,000 to consider if you want to have fun is the Nissan 370Z. It's clearly one of the best performance cars you can find on the market, and it is legendary. It’s also perfect for anyone that enjoys the thrill of driving. Ranked #1 in Used Convertibles $10k to $15k and #3 in 2010 Affordable Convertibles by U.S. News & World Report.

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3. 2015 Mazda MX-5 Miata

Who says you can't have fun while looking at the best used cars under 15k? With the ’15 Miata, you get to keep money in your bank account and enjoy the open road. The reliability is higher than most cars, but it's not for everyone. This model year for the Miata introduced a new 25th anniversary trim. Stemming from reviews, this Miata is known to have great handling, a lively engine, and pleasant manual gear transmissions. Ranked #1 in the list of 2015 Affordable Convertibles. If you don't need to carry more than two people, then go for it!

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2. 2014 Kia Soul

This car often gets overlooked in any list of the best used cars, but it deserves a moment of your attention. This compact crossover isn't just affordable, but it offers plenty of bang for your buck plus it ranked #1 in all of the 2014 hatchbacks by U.S. News & World Report. The 2014 Kia Soul received a five-star rating from the NHTSA and was also a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS. 2014 saw a full redesigned Kia Soul with a plethora of standard features, cargo room and cabin space.

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1. 2013 Honda Civic

Finally at the top of our list is the Civic. In 2013, the Honda Civic had a refresh on the sedan making it a top choice for our list of the top 10 best used cars under 15k. As known with all Hondas, the 2013 Civic has great fuel economy with a max of 41 MPG hwy. It's a highly safe and reliable used car pick in the used cars under $15,000 category. During this year, the Civic gained a rearview camera, air conditioning, USB port, and Bluetooth as standard equipment as we saw the DX base model discontinued. With lots of standard equipment, a comfortable-composed ride, an improvement in interior quality and both coupe/sedan body styles to choose from, it’s hard to beat this used car for the title of best used car under $15,000.

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The #1 Best Used Car Under 15K to Buy

While we are fond of all the best-used cars under $15,000, we do have a favorite. The Honda Civic continues to prove it's a reliable option that retains resale value. While you operate on a budget, you can still afford to drive a car that won't let you down. Stop by Phil Long Dealerships in Colorado Springs for a test drive today. You will be surprised at the exceptional vehicles we offer for less than $15k.

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