Though used car prices have risen in recent months, smart shoppers can still find some great options being sold in Indianapolis for less than $15,000. In this rating of the best used cars, we’re including the highest-rated model year of each vehicle dating back to 2016 which has an average price below $15,000. Keep in mind that actual pricing for a vehicle will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.
Searching for a midsize sedan that offers a classy design and costs less than $15,000? The 2016 Chrysler 200 is an option to consider. Available in front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive configurations, the standard sedan is equipped with a 184-horsepower four-cylinder engine and is rated for 23/36 mpg city/highway.
The most affordable used car on our list, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark is small but maneuverable and fuel-efficient. The base model is equipped with a suite of desirable features, like a rearview camera, a USB port, Bluetooth and more. A standard four-cylinder engine with 98 horsepower won’t win any speed contests, but it saves fuel, as it's rated up to 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
The highest-scoring used car on our list under $15,000 is the 2016 Honda Fit, for its reliability, above-average safety ratings and impressive cargo capacity for a subcompact. Open the rear hatch and you’ll have access to 16.6 cubic feet of cargo space behind the rear seats, or Magic Seats as referred to by the manufacturer as they can be configured into various positions to accommodate large or bulky loads.
The 2016 Ford Focus is a good fit if you want a sporty used car or hatchback, with its lightweight, agile handling, five trim levels and four engine options. It benefited from the introduction of the Ford Sync infotainment system and other standard features like a rearview camera, Bluetooth and a USB port.
Drivers looking for the best in performance and practicality will be impressed with the 2016 Volkswagen Golf. This used compact sedan is also available as a hatchback; either configuration offers a well-appointed cabin with premium materials, a user-friendly infotainment system and advanced safety features.
The 2016 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the top-scoring cars on the list, notable for a comfortable ride and a host of standard features: a 7-inch touch-screen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a rearview camera, Bluetooth, a Wi-Fi hot spot and remote keyless entry.
The comfort and handling are pleasing on the 2017 Ford Fiesta, which costs less than most other models on our list. The front seats are spacious and the optional EcoBoost is fuel-friendly, with an EPA estimated 31/41 mpg city/highway. However, the rear seats and trunk capacity are small by even compact car standards, and there’s mixed results from the crash tests.
With plenty of passenger space and cargo room, outstanding crash test scores and an above-average reliability, the 2016 Kia Soul is a noteworthy inclusion on our list. The boxy hatchback is also our winner for the 2016 Best Hatchback for Families. A variety of features are available among the three base trim levels and the three EV levels. Standard are satellite radio, Bluetooth, a USB port and a six-speaker stereo.
The 2018 Kia Rio is big on value and small on price. It’s available in four-door sedan and five-door hatchback body styles to suit your needs, with a four-cylinder engine and a standard manual or optional automatic transmission. The ride is firm but handling is responsive and the engine is peppy.
The 2017 Chevrolet Sonic will take you wherever you need to go for many miles to come, based on its impressive J.D. Power predicted reliability rating of 4.5 out of five. It's available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback for a sportier take, and it's powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 138 horsepower or a turbocharged engine for quicker acceleration. Transmission options include a five-speed manual, a six-speed manual and a six-speed automatic. Steering is responsive and the car is nimble and quick.
The 2016 Kia Forte is available as a sedan, coupe (Koup) and hatchback (Forte5), and all are good options. The cabin is surprisingly attractive and well-appointed. The base LX includes a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, an auxiliary input, cruise control and a USB port. Upper trim levels (EX and SX) add push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a moonroof, a six-speaker stereo and a 4.3-inch touch-screen infotainment system.
The 2017 Yaris iA is a great choice for a subcompact used car under $15,000. Backed by Toyota’s excellent reliability reputation, you can expect a long life of service from this front-wheel-drive car. The Yaris iA's biggest compromise is its small backseat, and it's no speed racer either. It has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine tuned for fuel economy rather than performance.
The redesigned 2017 Elantra is a top pick featuring the same recommended attributes as at its introduction, when it earned praise for its roomy, well-appointed interior, excellent predicted reliability ratings and noteworthy safety ratings.
A plush pick, the 2016 Buick Verano delivers a smooth, comfortable ride with an average price that hovers under $14,000 but is far from frills-free. It has an upscale cabin that is quiet and spacious for the class, but it's compact so don’t expect abundant rear legroom. The standard four-cylinder engine also lacks luster, especially under hard acceleration. The Premium Turbo trim offered a more capable turbocharged four-cylinder