The used car market has largely been on the rise in the past year. But if you’re looking for a great option on a budget, narrowing down your options can be difficult. Here are five cars under $15,000 that iSeeCars says are among the best to buy in 2022, courtesy of Honda, Toyota and Subaru.
The 2013 Honda Accord is one of the best used cars under $15,000
According to iSeeCars, the 2013 Honda Accord is one of the best used cars you can buy on a budget. The Honda Accord has been completely redesigned for 2013 with five main trim options: the LX, EX, EX-L, Sport and Touring.
Four of the five trim levels come standard with a 2.4-liter inline four-cylinder engine that delivers 185 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque. That’s an eight horsepower increase and 20 lb-ft of torque over the previous-generation Honda Accord models. The Sport trim’s 2.4-liter engine rises to 189 horsepower and 182 lb-ft of torque, thanks to exhaust upgrades. In addition, a 3.5-liter V6 is available for the EX-L and Touring trims and delivers 278 horsepower and 252 lb-ft of torque.
About the variety of powertrains, American news reports that the 2013 Honda Accord offers precise steering and excellent handling. It also gave it high safety scores of 9.5 out of 10. Standard features include cruise control, a rear view camera, emergency brake assist and Bluetooth connectivity.
This Accord in particular is a reliable choice. Information from consumer reports shows that the 2013 Accord has the best ratings for reliability and owner satisfaction of any Accord model since 2000.
The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid is a great option for used hybrid shoppers
According to iSeeCars, the Accord’s competitor in the midsize sedan segment, the Toyota Camry, is another excellent option if you’re looking for the best used cars under $15,000.
The 2013 Toyota Camry has two engine options. A 2.5-liter inline four-cylinder engine with 178 horsepower and 170 lb-ft of torque is standard on the SE, LE, XLE and L decorations. Like the Accord, two Camry trims have the option of a 3.5-liter V6, the SE and XLE, and it gives you 268 horsepower and 248 lb-ft of torque.
The 2013 Camry also benefits from an improved sound system. That includes Entune, the smartphone-connected system, features like Bing search, Pandora streaming radio, real-time traffic updates, and sports and stock information. The interior is spacious and there is sufficient visibility from the driver’s seat.
US News places the 2013 Camry in seventh place among affordable mid-size cars of that model year. That’s a few places higher than the Accord, with the Camry getting a better rating for total cost of ownership. A head-to-head comparison shows that the Camry is a better choice for the 2013 model year.
2013 Subaru Impreza
Like the Camry, the 2013 Subaru Impreza was a year away from a complete redesign. All models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 145 lb-ft of torque. According to American newsall Impreza versions have four-wheel drive, which ensures controlled handling and grip in changing conditions.
The interior of the Impreza is comfortable, with plenty of space in the back. There is 12 cubic feet of payload, which is less than the Camry and Accord. Bluetooth and iPod connectivity, an additional audio jack and a rear view camera are standard on every Impreza model.
Reviewers at Edmunds did note that the audio quality in this used Subaru Impreza model is not the best. In addition, reviews have shown that the 2013 Impreza burns quickly from oil.
2013 Honda Civic
Compared to the previous year, Honda’s compact sedan and its most popular car model, the 2013 Civic, received updated styling. It’s still powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that gives you 140 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque. The Civic gets a combined 32 miles per gallon with the automatic transmission.
Some new standard features for the 2013 model year include a rear view camera, USB port and Bluetooth connectivity. There are many safety features, including stability control and anti-lock brakes. The IIHS named the 2013 Civic a Top Safety Pick+ and received the highest rating (Good) in all but two tests. The other two received acceptable grades, the second best score.
2013 Toyota Prius is still one of the best used cars
Toyota’s iconic hybrid, the Toyota Prius, is a great option for used cars. The 2013 Toyota Prius is more affordable than any of the other cars on the list. It’s also better ranked: American news named it the second best compact car of 2013 and the best used small car between $12,000 and $14,000.
The 2013 Prius continues the same generation with the slight redesign of the 2012 model. A 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder gas-electric hybrid engine gives you the lowest horsepower on the list: 134 horsepower and 105 lb-ft of torque. But you get by far the best fuel economy at 50 mpg combined.
This used hatchback gives drivers plenty of luggage space and plenty of space in the back seat. There’s a long list of standard features on the 2013 Prius, including cruise control, keyless entry, a trip computer, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a touchscreen interface, and a six-speaker sound system. And it is sufficiently reliable, like Kelley Blue Book Consumer reviews gave the 2013 Prius a 4.8 out of 5 stars for reliability.
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