Not everyone can afford to buy a 2020 Toyota RAV4 or a 2019 Volvo S60. Both cars are worth over CA $30,000 for a new one. But not being able to afford these new-generation cars doesn’t mean you can’t own a decent car that wouldn’t cause a dent in your pocket.
The cars listed here are some of the best cars under $15k and were at the top in their various classes when they were first released. The selection is based on performance, safety, style, reliability, and of course, price. But keep in mind that the condition of the car you buy largely determines all of this (except for the new ones). So be extra careful before signing the cheque. Without further ado, let’s begin.
What are the best cars under $15K?
2018 Hyundai Accent
We start off with a new car you can get for under $15,000. For the Accent though, you may have to stick to the base SE trim level to snag it for that price. The Accent offers a quiet and comfortable ride, is fuel-efficient, and has enough interior room for passengers. For this model year, Hyundai increased the length and width of the car.
2016 Toyota Camry
This affordable midsize car is a great pick if you’re looking for a reliable car. Camry has a reputation for safety and reliability and this 2016 model duly delivers on both fronts. It also has useful features that are easy-to-use and its 5-passenger capacity is roomy. Due to the efficiency and reliability of the Camry, you can expect cheap running costs compared to most other cars.
2012 Toyota Prius
If you are a car enthusiast that loves cars with an abundance of standard features, you’d love the 2012 Toyota Prius. It’s feature-rich, sporting a proximity key, automatic climate control, a USB port, an infotainment system, Bluetooth, and more. There are also attractive available features like adaptive cruise control and forward-collision warning. The Prius is a great choice on this list of best cars under $15k.
2013 Ford Focus
This model year Ford Focus is one of the best cars under $15k and certainly one of the best in its class. It has beautiful styling in and out and its performance on the road is admirable. It also has impressive fuel economy scores to reduce running costs. Ford Focus is available in sedan or hatchback and there are 4 trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and the Focus Electric.
2018 Ford Fiesta
Looking for a practical car that won’t cost more than $15k? The Ford Fiesta fits the bill. You can get one of these new at that price. The Fiesta comes with Ford’s Sync system which features a Bluetooth and voice control for your phone. It is offered in 2 body styles, a sedan and a hatchback. There 3 available trims, S, SE, and Titanium. Although there is a higher-performing ST model that is available on the hatchback.
2015 Hyundai Sonata
Fully redesigned for 2015, the Sonata is even more impressive than the preceding releases. If you like your rides cool, noiseless, and interior built with first-rate materials you’d appreciate this car. It got a top safety pick award from the IIHS, so there you go, safety guaranteed! All models (six of them) comes with satellite radio, a USB port, keyless entry, and Bluetooth.
2015 Nissan Leaf
A compact, all-electric car with a knack for good handling and an impressive electric range. If only its charging time were impressive too. Unlike other electric cars in its class, the 2015 Leaf takes several hours to reach full charge. This car is available in three trims: S, SV, and SL.
2018 Nissan Versa
This is one of the new cars you can get for under CA $15k. You don’t have to worry about the condition of the car or the miles it has racked up. It’s new and very affordable. Another benefit is the spacious trunk which can swallow whatever you dump in it. It’s also got ample rear space tall passengers would find useful. The base trim doesn’t pack enough features but keep in mind that opting for the higher SV trim might tip the price higher than the $15k benchmark.
2012 Honda Accord
The 2012 Honda Accord is an affordable midsize car with excellent safety and reliability ratings. You can get a used one for under $15k. It doesn’t have a roomy trunk but makes up for this with a spacious cabin. This model year is available in sedan and coupe body styles you’d find these in three trims: LX, EX, and EX V-6. For more standard features, the EX trim would prove a better choice.
2018 Mitsubishi Mirage
This is an ideal car for people who want a new car but are on a tight budget. It’s got the perks of an impressive modern car and lengthy warranty coverage. The base trim comes with Bluetooth, a rearview camera, a touchscreen interface, power windows, keyless entry. As a hatchback, a spacious cargo is a standard feature.
2013 Kia Rio
The 2013 Kia Rio is unarguably one of the best cars under $15k. Its features include an auxiliary input jack, a rearview camera, height-adjustable driver seat, a UVO touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, map lights, and wheel-mounted audio controls. The 2013 Kia Rio is available in two body styles: A four-door sedan and a five-door hatchback and there are three trims: LX, EX, and SX. For more cargo space, opt for the hatchback.
2011 Honda Insight
This hybrid Honda Insight may not accelerate in microseconds or hit top speeds with the aid of 200 horses but it does have two things going for it. An excellent safety score and a very impressive fuel economy. In fact, its fuel rating is one of the highest in its class. The interior is well-built but lacks enough space, and you might prefer the higher LX trim as it has more standard features like Bluetooth and a USB port.
2016 Chevrolet Volt
This hybrid is without a doubt one of the best cars under $15k. A hybrid with an all-electric range of 53 miles is an amazing feat and a huge boost to its owner. For one, fuel costs would be incredibly low or non-existent unless you’re the type to travel many, many miles. Even then, there’s a backup engine to keep the car moving to your destination. And the ride is quite enjoyable, bolstered by a refined cabin and safety features.
2010 Hyundai Genesis GT Coupe
If we didn’t know better we’d have been swayed by the modern-styling of the Genesis GT that is similar to present-day cars. But this coupe hit dealerships about a decade ago. It’s easy to blend in if you drive one of these. Except for one who knows their cars, nobody would be able to tell just how old it is. It is powered by a V6 engine which was a significant introduction by Hyundai those days.
2015 Chevrolet Malibu
The 2015 model year of the Malibu saw the introduction of a standard Wi-Fi hotspot, rear traffic alert and rear parking sensors. It is a practical midsize car with excellent safety and reliability ratings. The infotainment system is easy-to-use and the trunk sports ample space for large items. But the backseat isn’t spacious at all. Taller folks may have a hard time fitting in at the back.
2011 Ford Fusion
Want a family sedan you can trust and is one of the best cars under $15k? Look no further than the 2011 Ford Fusion. It’s got a spacious interior that comfortably seats a family of five. And it’s excellent furl-saving numbers is ideal if you plan on saving the extra cash for more pressing needs. Its hybrid powertrain is impressive and fun to drive – just like the gas-only alternative for the same model year.
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
This Chevy car effortlessly features in the best-used cars under $15,000. It’s got an amazing body design that is sure to get heads turning, excellent fuel economy to reduce running costs, a powerful engine with impressive acceleration numbers, and handling that keeps you gliding along with ease. It is a performance cum muscle car. There are five trims to choose from, LS, 1LT, 2LT, 1SS and 2SS. The last two are equipped with a more dogged V8 engine while the first 3 come with the V6.
2018 Kia Rio
Talk about a car that has more and costs less, that’s the Kia Rio. You can get a used one under $15k but depending on where you check you might be able to snag a new one for about the same price. It’s got a sporty feel, built with solid materials, a five-year warranty coverage, and the hatchback delivers top-notch cargo capacity.
2009 Mercury Milan
What stands out for the 2009 Milan? It’s got all-wheel-drive as a standard feature, plus engaging sporty handling. It also has a spacious cabin and trunk. The available strong V6 engine is also an additional complement. production was discontinued a long time ago so you should be able to get a used one at a very affordable price.
2005 Mercedes Benz S-class
Luxury isn’t so expensive. Well, that’s if you consider the Mercedes Benz S-class luxury. But despite what you make of it, the S-class was a big name during its time and still has the looks and perks of an upscale, likeable car. This luxury could be yours even for under $10k.