Buying a quality used car doesn’t have to mean shelling out $25,000 or more. Whether you’re looking for a truck for work, an off-road plaything, an SUV for the family, or a gas-friendly car for the daily commute, here are some top picks for used vehicles under $15k.
Toyota Tacoma (2005-2016)
Incredibly reliable, the Tacoma has long been a favorite of those in the market for a compact pickup. There is no shortage of used models for sale with 2-wheel drive. If you want a V6 or 4×4, you may have to pay slightly above $15,000, but it’s worth it when you consider how well the Toyota Tacoma holds its value.
Ford F-150 (2009-2014)
The Ford F-150 is the best-selling vehicle in America, so you know it’s a great choice for buyers who want full-size used trucks. They are easier to come by if you’re OK with 2-wheel drive, but even if you want 4-wheel drive, you’ll still be able to find plenty under $15,000.
Jeep Wrangler (2007-2010)
Most people first think Jeep when they think off-road. You’ll be somewhat limited with a $15,000 budget, but you will be able to find Wrangler JKs at that price point. If you’ve wanted to be part of Jeep Nation, this is an excellent and affordable entry.
Land Rover LR3 (2007-2011)
It’s stylish, it’s comfortable, and it’s no slouch on the trails. The LR3 features all the bells and whistles you want both for city driving and off-road exploring. It might require some patience on your part to find the particular version you want as some weren’t heavily imported. That being said, if this British beauty is what you desire, you’ll be able to find options in your price point with a bit of diligent searching.
Ford Expedition (2007-2014)It’s big and roomy which makes it’s a perfect choice if you have to haul around a large family or a lot of gear. The spacious interior and comfortable ride make it easy to see why the Expedition is a best seller. If you’re willing to go for a 2014 or older model, you can score an Expedition with a V8 for under $15k.
Kia Sportage (2017-2019)The Sportage made the list because it’s easy to find late model options for under $15,000. It was redesigned in 2017, and the changes resulted in a comfortable driving experience, impressive handling, and a surprisingly well-appointed interior.
Toyota Corolla (2017-2020)It’s been a top seller for more than 40 years, and it’s easy to find plenty of used models for sale under $15,000. In case you think the 2020 above is a typo, here’s your assurance that it is not. Pre-owned 2020 Corollas can be found for $15,000 or just a touch over. If you’re willing to go back a few years, you’ll have your pick of a large selection. Gas mileage of up to 41 on the highway makes this one of the best used cars for commuters.
Mazda 3 (2017-2018)
Enjoy a luxurious commute in this little number that’s sure to turn heads while you’re stuck in that morning traffic. Depending on the trim model you like, you’ll either find a few dozen or a few hundred to choose from at the $15k price point. Gas mileage of 27 city and 36 highway make this an economical daily driver.
Ford C-Max Hybrid (2014-2018)The C-Max is one of the best used cars for buyers who want a hybrid—and you won’t have to settle for a stripped down model to keep the price under $15k as you’ll pretty easily be able to find options with higher-end trim packages. All feature a roomy interior and mileage up to 42 mpg in the city.
Toyota Prius V (2012-2017)The Prius was once only for drivers who didn’t need much room, but that changed with the Prius V. It’s bigger but still provides 43 mpg city and 39 mpg highway. A very comfortable ride coupled with that excellent mileage makes this one of the best used vehicles under $15k for commuters.