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Best Used Cars Under $15K | CarMax

If you're budget-savvy and on the hunt for your next vehicle, chances are, you're looking for a used car at a nice price point. Whether you choose a sedan or coupe, their varying sizes and configurations make them a great choice if you need a solid commuter, want something sporty, or you're looking for the ultimate hyper-miler.

Check out this list of 10 best used cars with average prices less than $15,000 at CarMax (from March 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019).1 Be aware that some trim levels on the below cars may increase the price of the vehicle to more than $15,000.

  1. Nissan Versa
  2. Ford Fusion
  3. Chevrolet Cruze
  4. Honda Civic
  5. Hyundai Sonata
  6. Toyota Corolla
  7. Ford Focus
  8. Nissan Altima
  9. Hyundai Elantra
  10. Nissan Sentra


Ford Fiesta

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The head-turning styling of the Ford Fiesta makes it an intriguing choice. You can acquire a used Ford Fiesta for sale equipped with a capable and efficient engine (an estimated** 29 city/37 hwy mpg for the 2013 Ford Fiesta Titanium, for example), smart PowerShift auto transmission, and iconic styling cues. You’ve got engine choices here that include the 1.6L, four-cylinder that you’ll find in the 2017 Fiesta S. A wide variety of body styles ensures you can configure this vehicle to your needs without sacrificing performance. The Fiesta’s eager stance and bright exterior paint colors make this vehicle look perpetually ready for adventures.


Toyota Yaris

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For nearly 20 years, the Toyota Yaris has offered customers a budget-friendly blend of comfort and features. You can drive a used Toyota Yaris for sale equipped with the latest entertainment goodies, including Toyota’s Entune® infotainment setup, which transforms this car into a multimedia powerhouse. Although the 2015 Yaris LE’s 1.5L engine won’t pin your ears back in the horsepower department, its output supports the tiny build of this five-door hatchback. Customers love the great gas mileage, too (like an estimated** 32 city/40 hwy for the2017 Toyota Yaris iA). If you’re in the market for a Yaris, check out the SE model—its two-tone exterior styling cues will put a smile on your face.


Fiat 500

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The ultra-cute Fiat 500 is dressed to impress with athletic engine options and other high-end performance features. The 101-horsepower, four-cylinder engine you’ll find in models like the 2012 Fiat 500 makes enough power to push this vehicle through the corners with ease. The standard five-speed manual transmission lets you downshift on demand to wring more power from the engine as needed. And, if you look carefully, you can find a used Fiat 500 Abarth for sale with a snarling little turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The Easy Collection 2 trim package found on some models adds a plethora of entertainment and comfort features, including a Beats® audio system equipped with SiriusXM® satellite radio.


Dodge Avenger

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The Dodge Avenger took a page from the Charger’s playbook to create a powerful combination of style and performance. This mid-sized sedan comes in nearly a dozen different trim levels to give you a chance to customize your ride to your liking. At the upper trim levels, a used Dodge Avenger for sale like the 2014 Avenger SXT features a powerful, 283-horsepower 3.6L Pentastar V6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Other trim levels come equipped with one of six four-cylinder or V6 engine configurations that produce up to 200 horsepower. The MyGig® entertainment system and speakers at every corner will expertly blast your tunes or podcasts.


Mitsubishi Mirage

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With an impressive estimated** 36 city/42 hwy mpg (2015 Mitsubishi Mirage), the Mirage is always ready for a fun road trip. Since its 1.2L engine only produces just under 80 horsepower at full power, you should elect for the five-speed manual for the peppiest drive experience. The 2017 Mitsubishi Mirage sedan offers excellent leg and head room to keep passengers comfortable on long treks or bumping around town. And the 2015 Mirage ES hatchback offers great versatility thanks to its fold-down rear seats and ample cargo room. The newest generations of the used Mitsubishi Mirage for sale have sporty styling that makes the vehicle appear quick just sitting in your driveway. And, we gotta say it, this car is just plain cute.

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Nissan Versa

Best Used Cars Under $15K: Nissan Versa | CarMax

Average CarMax price: Under $11,5001

Starting off our list of best-selling used cars under $15,000 is the Nissan Versa. The Versa received a complete overhaul, making the 2017 and newer models of the Versa a great choice for your next used car. Powered by a 1.6L four-cylinder engine that is paired with a five-speed manual in the base S trim or an XTRONIC CVT (continuously variable transmission) in the S Plus and SV trims, the 2017–2019 Versa can achieve up to an EPA-estimated 39 mpg highway and 31 mpg city.2 The Nissan Versa is especially popular among families with first-time drivers. For 2019, the SV comes with these standard features:

  • Nissan Intelligent Key with push-button ignition
  • 60/40-split fold-down rear seats
  • Power windows with driver-side one-touch auto-down feature
  • Power door locks with auto-locking feature
  • Upgraded cloth seat trim


Ford Fusion

Best Used Cars Under $15K: Ford Fusion Energi | CarMax

Average CarMax price: Under $13,5001

The Ford Fusion has only been around since 2006. Current-generation Ford Fusions began production in 2013 and received significant updates in both 2017 and 2019. Available trim options include the S, SE, SEL, Titanium, V6 Sport, Hybrid, and Energi. There are a whopping five different available engines for the 2019 Fusion that range from a naturally-aspirated 2.5L four-cylinder engine that is found in the S, several turbocharged engines in both four-cylinder and V6 configurations, a hybrid, and a plug-in hybrid. The 2019 SEL trim comes well equipped with the following:

  • Ten-way driver power seat with two memory settings
  • Premium audio system with 11 speakers
  • 1.5L Ecoboost engine
  • Five-bar-grille design with chrome finish


Chevrolet Cruze

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

Average CarMax price: Under $13,5001

Chevrolet's Cruze is a sub-compact sedan with handsome styling and an upscale approach. In 2017, the Cruze gained a hatchback option and in 2019 received a redesign. When equipped with the diesel engine, the 2017 and 2018 Cruze can get an EPA-estimated 52 mpg on the highway.2 The 2019 Cruze comes standard with:

  • 1.4L turbo four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-inch color touch-screen
  • Rearview camera
  • Four-wheel antilock disc brakes


Honda Civic

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

Average CarMax price: Under $13,5001

Honda Civics are wonderfully versatile and have one of the slickest shifting manual transmissions available. If shifting your own gears is a favorite past time, the buttery-smooth manual transmission found in the Honda Civic is certainly worth a look. Manual transmissions are standard on the LX, Sport, and SI models. New for 2017 and later models of the Honda Civic is an available 1.5L turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 174 horsepower and 162 lb.-ft. of torque. The 1.5L engine is standard on the EX, EX-L, and Touring models (2017 onward). If you're in the market for a Civic, the 2017 and up EX comes nicely equipped with:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless access
  • Push-button start
  • Seven-inch touch screen display
  • Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™


Hyundai Sonata

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

Average CarMax price: Under $13,5001

The Hyundai Sonata is just wrapping up its seventh generation which began production in 2014 and received a refresh in 2017. 2017 and newer models come standard with a seven-inch touchscreen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a back-up camera. Trim packages include the base SE, a mid-level SEL (added in 2018), Sport, and Limited trims. Engine choices include a 2.4L direct-injected four-cylinder engine, a 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder that is found in the Limited 2.0T, and there is also a hybrid and a plug-in hybrid. 2017 and newer Sonatas come with standard wireless device charging—great if you're the type that prefers charging your device without pesky wires. 2017 and newer Sonatas come standard with:

  • Remote keyless entry
  • Satellite radio
  • Bluetooth® phone connectivity
  • 2.4L four-cylinder engine
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror

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Toyota Corolla

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

Average CarMax price: Under $14,0001

Corollas have been a staple of Toyota's lineup for over 50 years. If you're looking to buy a Corolla, you'll be happy to find that it comes in a wide variety of trims, giving you plenty of options. 2017 and newer models can be found in L, LE, LE Eco, XLE, SE, and XSE trims. The SE and XSE take a more sporty approach while you might find the XLE is geared toward you if you're someone who is after luxury and comfort. If you're looking for less stops at the pump, you should check out the LE Eco trims. The LE Eco comes with special under-body panels and a rear spoiler to aid aerodynamics. With its 1.8L four-cylinder engine, the LE Eco (2017–2019 models) has an EPA-estimated 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.2 Standard features on the LE starting in 2017 include:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth phone connectivity
  • Satellite radio
  • Voice activated radio
  • Power remote folding door mirrors


Ford Focus

Best Used Cars Under $15K: Ford Focus | CarMax

Average CarMax price: Under $12,5001

If you’re looking for a practical and versatile sedan, don’t overlook the Ford Focus. At number four on this list, the Ford Focus is a popular four-door sedan that can be found in standard sedan configuration or as a hatchback. Trim levels include the S, SE, SEL, and Titanium. The SEL from 2018 is stylish and well equipped with:

  • Eight-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Heated steering wheel (with cold weather package)
  • Keyless entry
  • Back-up camera


Nissan Altima

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

Average CarMax price: Under $14,0001

Fifth-generation Nissan Altimas run from 2013 to 2018 with a significant update having occurred in 2016. The Altima is bigger than Nissan's Versa and Sentra sedans but a bit smaller than the Maxima and is a nice size if you're looking for plenty of cargo space and room for five passengers. Available with two engine options: a 2.5L four-cylinder and a 3.5L V6, the Altima has plenty of power to get up to speed in any configuration. Both engines are equipped with a CVT transmission that provides a smooth, consistent delivery of power. Inside you'll find a nice seven-inch touchscreen that serves as the back-up camera's display while also featuring the Altima's climate and audio controls as well. SV trimmed 2018 Altimas come well equipped with:

  • Daytime running lights
  • Security system
  • Chrome door handles
  • Proximity key
  • Automatic climate control


Hyundai Elantra

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

Average CarMax price: Under $13,5001

The Hyundai Elantra is a popular sub-compact sedan. The Elantra received an attractive styling update in 2015 that runs through the 2019 model year. The update includes a large cascading grille in the front, and flowing body lines that trace from the front fender to the rear quarter panel. In typical Hyundai fashion, the 2015-present Elantra comes heavily equipped with standard features such as:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen display
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Automatic headlights
  • Back-up camera


Nissan Sentra

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

Average CarMax price: Under $13,5001

Topping our list is the Nissan Sentra. A significant redesign in 2016 gave the Sentra an updated exterior look and 2017 brought some new models to the Sentra's available trim packages. There is a Nissan Sentra for just about any lifestyle. For those who prefer a more athletic approach to their commute, the Nissan Sentra SR Turbo and Sentra Nismo trim packages were added in 2017. Those two packages are motivated by a 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine and can be had with either a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT transmission. Available Sentra trims include the base S, SV, SR, SR Turbo, Nismo, and the luxurious SL. Thrill seekers will like the 2017 SR Turbo and Nismo packages that come standard with:

  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • 1.6L turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission

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1Average prices based on total make and model inventory, including all trims available for each model, listed for sale on CarMax lots from March 1, 2019 through August 31, 2019. Actual prices vary based on model year, selected features, and trim packages. Prices do not include taxes, title, tag, or any applicable fees.
2Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov.
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