Used cars offer tremendous value. While there may be an undeniably special feeling about driving away in a brand new vehicle as its first owner, new cars come with high price tags and significantly higher cost of ownership over time compared to used vehicles. Buying a used vehicle doesn’t have to be a gamble when you buy from a trusted vehicle seller like USA Auto in Mesa, Arizona.
Part one of this series* showcased some of the best used vehicles from automakers like Chevy, Honda, and Toyota. Read on in part two to learn more about some of the best used vehicles under $15,000 from Kia, Jeep, Subaru, and Mazda.
Kia is the second-largest automobile manufacturer from South Korea, headquartered in Seoul. Kia has received resoundingly positive reviews from happy drivers for their various vehicles, and a few of them stand out as spectacular used options.
2012-2015 Kia Optima
The Kia Optima is a roomy midsize vehicle comparable to a Toyota Camry, making it a great family vehicle. The Optima comes standard with a four-cylinder engine and some feature turbocharger options. You may find some with additional features like voice-activated navigation systems, front and rear heated seats.
2018 Kia Rio Sedan
The 2018 edition of the Kia Rio Sedan includes a powerful four-cylinder engine and 130 horsepower. The 2018 Rio Sedan regularly reports gas mileage at about 23 per gallon for combined highway and city driving. The Rio also comes standard with an interactive touch display, offering infotainment and USB and auxiliary connectivity.
2014-2018 Kia Soul
If you’re looking for something a little bigger than a typical sedan but don’t want something too large, the Kia Soul may be perfect for you. The Kia Soul is available with a 130 horsepower engine or 164 horsepower engine depending on which generation you purchase. This small but spacious crossover SUV offers the functionality of a full-size SUV without the bulk, and fuel economy for these model years of the Kia Soul is usually in the 25-30 miles per gallon range.
Jeep is one of the most popular auto brands in the U.S. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. When it comes to used Jeeps, the Wrangler is undoubtedly a favorite among drivers and perfect for off-roading.
2007-2012 Jeep Wrangler
The Jeep Wrangler has been one of the most popular vehicles in America for many years, and each year Jeep seems to outdo the previous year’s success with new features and even more reliability. The 2012 model Wrangler won the U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 Best Off-Road SUV for the Money award. All models come with four-wheel drive standard, and the 2012 model includes a powerful 3.6-liter V6 engine with 285 horsepower. While the 2012 model Wrangler shines, any used Jeep Wrangler from 2007 to 2012 offers fantastic versatility and reliability, although gas mileage is a bit lower, compared to other vehicles on this list, averaging around 17 miles per gallon with city driving and about 21 miles per gallon on the highway.
If you asked any Subaru owner to sum up the best things about their vehicles in two words, they would be “versatility and reliability.” Produced by the Japanese transportation conglomerate Subaru Corporation, Subaru has an impressive track record of fantastic standard features, off-road utility, and overall fantastic cost of ownership.
2013-2015 Subaru Impreza
Subaru has a reputation for reliability, and both the sedan and wagon editions of the Impreza offer incredible value. Both come standard with all-wheel drive and a four-cylinder engine, and drivers can typically find them with either manual transmission or gearless, continuously variable automatic transmission.
2013-2014 Subaru Legacy
The name Subaru Legacy is apropos, as it has a “legacy” of being one of the most sought-after used vehicles on the market. If you manage to find one from model years 2013 or 2014, you can rest assured knowing there is tremendous value in the purchase. These vehicles come in four-cylinder and six-cylinder varieties, but the six-cylinder editions can sometimes break the $15,000 benchmark for this list. However, the 2013 and 2014 Legacy offers driver-assistance technology such as adaptive cruise control and lane-departure warnings.
2013 Subaru Forester
Rated the best SUV in its class by Digital Trends**, this rugged and practical SUV boasts all-wheel drive, a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with turbocharger option, and fantastic crash safety ratings. This may be one of the more expensive vehicles on this list and encroach on the $15,000 benchmark, but it is well worth the investment if you want something tough and reliable but fun to drive.
The Mazda Motor Corporation is one of the most respected multinational automakers based in the Hiroshima Prefecture of Japan. In recent years, Mazda vehicles have seen increasingly higher demand as used vehicle purchases due to their high-end features at competitive prices. Most Mazda vehicles produced since 2010 feature driver-assistance technologies, upscale interiors, and practical benefits that mean great value.
2014-2018 Mazda 3
Both the standard and hatchback editions of the Mazda 3 produced between 2014 and 2018 offer incredible value. Both versions come with impressive four-cylinder engines and offer an affordable step up in storage space, size, comfort, and gas utility over similar compact sedans. The 2014 Mazda 3 in particular is renowned for being one of the best cars in terms of value, so it may be hard to find these cars due to their popularity and well-known reliability.
2010-2015 Mazda CX9
The Mazda is a very spacious and versatile SUV, perfect for families. With an upscale interior, three seating rows, and lots of cargo space, the CX9 is an ideal choice for anyone looking for great value and practicality with beautiful presentation.
Things To Remember About Buying Used Instead Of New
The most obvious benefit of buying a used vehicle is the savings; cars start depreciating in value as soon as they leave a seller’s lot, and a new car may not turn out to be a great investment in some cases. Many drivers discover their new vehicle isn’t as reliable or economical as they expected, and getting out from under any type of new car financing is extremely difficult.
On the other hand, a used car can be a fantastic investment at a lower price. Additionally, buying used means you can easily research any recalls or known issues associated with a vehicle before purchasing. Ultimately, many car buyers find that buying new offers a sense of security that the vehicle is safe and free of defects since no one has used it before, but this also means drivers have not had time to discover any problems since the vehicle just hit the market.
Buying a used vehicle means reliability and better cost of ownership as long as you purchase from a trusted used car seller. Auto USA offers extremely flexible financing options for used vehicles, so stop in and check out the used Kias, Mazdas, Jeeps, and Subarus on our lot today.