The Top Used Cars and SUVs to Buy for Under $15,000

It seems like cars are getting better and lasting longer every year. As a result, buyers have more high-quality used cars to choose from than ever. In fact, Patterson Truck Stop has a selection of more than 100 vehicles priced under $15K. Faced with so many great choices buyers often struggle to know what the best used car to buy is. To make things a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best used cars under $15k.

2019 Kia Optima

In 2019, Kelley Blue Book named the Kia Optima to their “10 Most Comfortable Cars under $30,000” and their “10 Best Sedans under $30,000” lists. At $14,995 with only a little more than 40,000 miles on the clock, this Kia Optima provides an incredible value for such a universally acclaimed sedan. The Optima is a two-time winner of the International Car of the Year award, and the facelifted 2018+ models feature the modern, sporty styling attributes you expect in a sedan in this segment. With its fuel-efficient 2.4L four-cylinder engine, this 2019 Kia Optima is sure to save you money at the pump too—delivering 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

2017 Jeep Renegade Sport

Though the Renegade may be the smallest member of the Jeep family, it certainly doesn’t mean it’s somehow less fun. If your daily commutes to work and weekend shopping trips are starting to get a little dull, the Renegade Sport is ready to breathe some new life into your driving habits. With a nose for new adventures, the Renegade is the perfect compact SUV for weekend camping excursions and other outdoor family activities. The Renegade Sport features Jeep’s classic seven-slot grille, seating for up to five passengers, and a 2.4L Tigershark MultiAir inline four-cylinder engine that yields 180 hp and up to 30-mpg highway.

2011 Mercedes Benz C-Class C 300

There’s just something different about being behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz that other vehicles can’t compare to. The soft and supple leather seating surfaces, stainless steel interior accents and real wood trim create an environment that is unequivocally serene. It’s a cabin you and your passengers won’t ever be in a rush to leave, but the same can’t be said for the way you’ll inevitably drive the car. With its RWD architecture, balanced weight distribution and powerful 228-hp 3.0L DOHC V6 engine, you’ll be blown away by this 2011 C-Class C 300’s sublime handling and impressive performance.

2014 Volkswagen Beetle

The VW Bug has certainly come a long way since its origin in 1938, but the new Beetle’s classic styling still pays homage to the original. It’s simply impossible to drive a new VW Beetle without a smile on your face, and that’s largely a result of the car’s powerful 1.4L turbocharged four-cylinder engine. With 170 hp on tap and a staggering 184 lb-ft of torque, you’ll feel like the real life “Herbie the Love Bug” behind the wheel of this pocket rocket. This particular example is already painted white—the only thing that’s missing is racing stripes and a number “53” decal set.  

2011 Dodge Durango

If you have a large family without a similarly sized budget, many of the small SUVs and sedans on this list simply won’t cut it. You need the extra room, but the price of new full-size SUVs and trucks are simply in another stratosphere. You’ve made the right decision to purchase used, and there aren’t many more full size SUVs more affordable and capable than this 2011 Dodge Durango with its 360-hp 5.7L Hemi V8 engine. With seating for up to seven passengers, a rear entertainment system and unmatched cargo space, the Durango is the perfect road-trip venue for large families that will enable you to travel to any destination in style and comfort.