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Best Used Cars Under $15K | CarMax

When you're in the market for a vehicle on a budget, shopping for a used sedan is a smart option for many. Not only do sedans tend to be among the most affordable classes of vehicles, but buying used can save you even more. Plus, due to their smaller size, sedans and hatchbacks also tend to attract those looking to save at the gas pump.

See also: Best Used Cars, Best Small Cars and Best SUVs of 2018.

Check out this list of best-selling car models with average prices less than $15,000 at CarMax from 1/1/2017 to 12/31/2017.1 Be aware that upper trim configurations may bring the prices of some of these vehicles over $15,000.

  1. 2013 Honda Civic
  2. 2014 Hyundai Elantra
  3. 2014 Toyota Corolla
  4. 2015 Nissan Sentra
  5. 2013 Hyundai Elantra
  6. 2014 Nissan Sentra
  7. 2014 Hyundai Sonata
  8. 2014 Honda Civic
  9. 2014 Chevrolet Cruze
  10. 2014 Nissan Altima


2013 Honda Civic

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2013 Honda Civic | CarMax

The 2013 Honda Civic saw a major refresh with this model year that included an expanded amount of features and standard equipment, as well as a more refined interior design and more comfortable ride. This vehicle also offers the versatility of being available in both coupe and sedan body options to suit your unique needs and lifestyle. Trim options for both the sedan and coupe include the base LX, EX, and EX-L. Standard equipment in the base LX includes 15-inch steel wheels, as well as full power accessories and a 5-inch display with built-in rearview camera. Some upgraded features in the EX-L trim include a sunroof, upgraded sound system, and cozy heated front seats with leather interior upholstery.


2014 Hyundai Elantra

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2014 Hyundai Elantra | CarMax

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra also saw some significant upgrades and improvements over previous years, including the option for a more powerful 145-horsepower engine and a quieter ride overall. The 2014 Elantra is a great choice for those who want something a little more sporty but still within their budget. Available in three trim levels (the base SE, Limited, and Sport), standard features on the 2014 Elantra include 15-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker sound system and power accessories throughout. Drivers and passengers alike will also enjoy the surprisingly upscale interior and spacious rear seats.


2014 Toyota Corolla

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2014 Toyota Corolla | CarMax

Like many other selections on this list, the 2014 Toyota Corolla also saw a major overhaul that included a longer and wider body, as well as a sleek and stylish exterior. The 2014 Corolla is available in four trim levels: the base L, LE, LE Eco, and S, with standard features on all trims including 15-inch steel wheels, Bluetooth® connectivity, and power windows/mirrors. Drivers enjoy the user-friendliness of the dash and cabin controls, and passengers will enjoy the ample amount of both head and foot space available in this mid-size sedan. Overall, this is a great vehicle for those in the market for a comfortable ride and above-average performance.


2015 Nissan Sentra

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2015 Nissan Sentra | CarMax

Known for its sporty and compact design, 2015 Nissan Sentra comes in a whopping five trim options: the base S, FE+S, SV, SR, and SL. Drivers will enjoy standard remote keyless entry (which includes remote trunk release) for added convenience. If you don't mind a smaller sedan, this is certainly one of the better options out there!


2013 Hyundai Elantra

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2013 Hyundai Elantra | CarMax

The 2013 Hyundai Elantra is a great choice for those who crave variety, as this particular model year is available not just in a sedan body style, but coupe and hatchback as well. You’ll have your choice between the base GLS and Limited trim. Even the base trim comes with some decent features, including large 16-inch wheels, full power accessories, and heated mirrors. A six-speaker sound system is also standard and provides quality sound throughout the cabin. And for a compact car, the interior of the Elantra is surprisingly spacious, even for those on the taller side.

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2014 Nissan Sentra

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2014 Nissan Sentra | CarMax

The 2014 Nissan Sentra offers an enjoyable driving experience and shockingly beautiful interior cabin. It comes in six trim levels: the base S, FE+S, SV, FE+SV, SR and SL. All trim levels include remote keyless entry, full power accessories, and16-inch wheels and are outfitted with a decent 1.8 liter engine at 130 horsepower. CVT automatic transmission is standard in the upper trim levels and is available in some of the base trim levels, which provides a smooth and surprisingly quiet ride for a vehicle of its size.


2014 Hyundai Sonata

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2014 Hyundai Sonata | CarMax

If an affordable, family-friendly sedan is what you're after, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata may fit the bill quite well. This model year saw a number of upgrades from previous years, including enhanced stability control, a much quieter cabin, and a fresh new exterior style. This sophisticated sedan comes in three trim levels: the base GLS, the SE, and the Limited. Even with the base GLS trim, you'll enjoy full power accessories and 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as a unique telematics system and satellite radio. Even the standard engine on this vehicle is impressively powerful at 2.4 liters and 190 horsepower, making it fun to drive.


2014 Honda Civic

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2014 Honda Civic | CarMax

When it comes to compact cars with sleek and sporty styling, you can't go wrong with the 2014 Honda Civic. This sedan sees an available upgraded CVT transmission in its 2014 model year, as well as some more upscale standard features to keep up with its competitors, such as keyless entry and ignition, smartphone integration, and a practical touchscreen display. Available in both sedan and coupe styles, the 2014 Civic comes in four basic trim levels: the base LX, EX, EX-L, and EX-L Navi. Drivers will enjoy that even the base trim of this vehicle comes with a rearview camera and a 5-inch touchscreen, as well as other basics like power accessories and fold-down rear seats for added cargo space.


2014 Chevrolet Cruze

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2014 Chevrolet Cruze | CarMax

If you want a sedan with a little more space and power behind the wheel, the 2014 Chevrolet Cruze is sure to please. This particular model year features a unique trim, the Cruze Diesel, which includes a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine at 151 horsepower. Other trim options available include the LS, LT, LTZ, and Eco, with standard features across all trims such as keyless entry, power accessories throughout, and Bluetooth connectivity for added convenience. This vehicle is also known for its classy and comfortable interior that seats four passengers (plus the driver) with plenty of head and foot room.


2014 Nissan Altima

Best Used Cars Under $15K: 2014 Nissan Altima | CarMax

Topping our list of best-sellers is the 2014 Nissan Altima, which provides the ideal balance of affordability, functionality, and style. You'll enjoy that this vehicle comes in your choice of seven trim options, making it one of the most customizable vehicles on the market. In the base trim, drivers and passengers enjoy many standard features, such as keyless ignition and entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and large 16-inch wheels for a smoother ride. However, where this vehicle really shines is in its power under the hood. The base engine for this vehicle packs a surprising punch with its 2.5 liter, 182 horsepower engine; upgraded trims are even outfitted with an impressive 3.5 liter V6, making this model an exciting and budget-friendly sedans. It also ranked as one of our top family cars.

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1Based on average prices on carmax.com from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. Actual prices may vary based on your selected features and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, tags, titles, and any applicable fees.
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