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Ranked: Best used cars under $15,000

Honda, Toyota, Mazda, and Chevrolet models all made this list.

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It's not just new cars that people are after. The used car market is full of good cars, trucks, SUVs, and vans that are available at prices far lower than a brand new car.

iSeeCars, a car search engine, analyzed over 6.1 million cars from model years 2011 and newer to determine the used cars that demonstrated long-term reliability and have an average safety rating of at least 4 stars out of 5 from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Shoppers with a budget of $15,000 can purchase the following reliable cars that are less than 10 years old.

2015 Mazda Mazda6

2014 Mazda Mazda6

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Average Used Price: $12,969
The 2015 Mazda Mazda6 is basically the same car as the 2014 model. Both are good bets. Compared to other models of its time, the Mazda6 has a refined powertrain, sporty handling, and a premium interior in top-tier models.

2014 Nissan Maxima

2014 Nissan Maxima

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Average Used Price: $13,190
Nissan redesigned the Maxima in 2015. But the 2014 model is no slouch. The company added a standard rearview camera, USB port, and 7-inch display in SV models. It continued to be nicely appointed.

2015 Honda Civic Sedan & Coupe

2015 Honda Civic Sedan & Coupe

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Sedan Average Used Price: $13,432
Coupe Average Used Price: $13,759

The 2015 Civic is as good as the 2014, it's just newer. In fact, they're virtually the same model. The car delivers good fuel economy, accurate steering, and a high-quality interior. However, its trunk is small.

2014 Honda Accord

2014 Honda Accord

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Average Used Price: $13,484
For the 2014 model year, Honda introduced hybrid models of the Accord. The model continued to be fuel efficient with agile handling and more room in the rear than the Honda Civic.

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Average Used Price: $13,849
Upgraded models of the 2014 Camry Hybrid got a new navigation system for the 2014 model year. Other than that, there weren't many updates to the model. It continued to be fuel efficient, reliable, and deliver a comfortable drive and ride experience.

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

2016 Dodge Grand Caravan

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Average Used Price: $13,859
The Dodge Grand Caravan is much the same for the 2016 model year as it is today. The 2017 model would have an infotainment touch screen standard but the 2016 has simpler technology. When it was new, buyers could opt for the Stow 'n Go seating and storage option, which is convenient for families.

2017 Toyota Corolla

2017 Toyota Corolla

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Average Used Price: $14,186
The Toyota Corolla got a pretty good upgrade for the 2017 model year. It now had a long list of standard advanced safety features. Other highlights include its upscale cabin and high reliability.

2015 Toyota Camry

2015 Toyota Camry

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Average Used Price: $14,221
The reliable and spacious Toyota Camry presented a good value when it was new in 2015. It still does today. Its electronics are easy to use and the materials in the cabin are of high quality.

2013 Toyota Avalon

2013 Toyota Avalon

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Average Used Price: $14,508
Toyota completely redesigned the Avalon for the 2013 model year. It remains fuel efficient, reliable, and spacious. Top-tier models are well-appointed with premium materials.

2016 Chevrolet Impala

2016 Chevrolet Impala

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Average Used Price: $14,703
The spacious Chevrolet Impala is good competition for the Toyota Avalon. Both have upscale interiors in their top trim levels and ride smoothly. The Impala had available Apple CarPlay and wireless charging for the 2016 model year.

2015 Toyota Prius

2015 Toyota Prius

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Average Used Price: $14,911
Toyota gave the Prius a standard rearview camera for the 2015 model year but kept the model pretty much the same otherwise. When it was new, the Prius was one of the most fuel-efficient cars that could be purchased.

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This 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer was custom built for hip hop star Future.

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Future has gotten a new vintage car. The hip-hop star from Atlanta, Georgia has received delivery of a 1971 Chevrolet K5 Blazer that was fully customized by Ringbrothers.

Under the hood is a 6.2-liter LS3 engine that is paired with a 4L80-E transmission. The crate engine was standard in the fifth-generation Camaro SS and C6 Corvette and is now sold as an aftermarket part by Chevy. It delivers 430 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a heavy-duty offering from General Motors, the parent company of Chevrolet, that has been used in everything from the Suburban to a Bentley Continental.

1971 Chevrolet K5 BlazerĀ 

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Ringbrothers, a shop in Spring Green, Wisconsin, gave the Blazer a custom BASF British Racing Green paint scheme after restoring the body of the Blazer with 3M products. It rides on gold 18-inch HRE wheels.

"We first started building Blazers a few years back, and they've really taken off in popularity since then," said Ringbrothers co-owner Jim Ring. "There is no assembly line at our shop, as each build is completed by hand, bespoke to the owner's request. There is no other Blazer in the world like this one."

Future's K5 Blazer also has a custom tan interior designed by Upholstery Unlimited and an exhaust provided by Flowmaster.

"We're humbled that people continue to come to us for special projects like this," said Ringbrothers co-owner Mike Ring. "We realize that our customers could get a new Ferrari or Lamborghini but choose us instead. It's an honor we don't take lightly, so we put our heart into each project. We're glad Future appreciates that."

In addition to K5 builds, Ringbrothers has released several K5-specific products, including a glove box door, hood hinges, and a dash gauge bezel. Future's Blazer features those parts, along with a custom carbon fiber hood and custom tailgate with integrated seating. The musician's Blazer also has a JL Audio sound system.

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The Ferrari Omologata comes from a strong family tree filled with performance and Italian beauty. It's a one-off model that takes its DNA from seven decades of Ferrari GT tradition. The model has been crafted by a European client.

It's taken two years to complete the model since the presentation of the initial sketches. It's a model that took its inspiration from a variety of sources: racing heritage, sci-fi, and modern architecture.

A Ferrari 812 Superfast is the underlying package of the car, but the designers kept just the windscreen and headlights from the body. They set forth to create a model with smooth volume and undulating reflections. The car's front end is tapered and faced by a flattened oval grille. At the back, the car takes a more muscular stance, has deeply set taillights, and is finished off with a prominent spoiler.

Ferrari Omologata

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Dressed in a triple layer of Ferrari's Rosso Magma paint and a racing livery the car combines track day prowess with daily drivability.

Inside, the car sports electric blue seats finished in a combination of leather and Jeans Aunde fabric with four-point racing harnesses. The rest of the interior is finished in black.

Unlike modern vehicles, the Omologata does not have a screen in the center of the vehicle, giving the model. a historic tinge. Metal parts on the dashboard and steering wheel are finished with the crackled paint effect associated with the great GT racers of the 1950s and 1960s as well as with Ferrari's engine cam covers. A hammered paint effect so often used in cars such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO finds its way on details such as the inner door handles and on the Ferrari F1 bridge.

The mid-engine car has a 6.5-liter V12 engine, harvested from the 812 Superfast. In that car is generates 789 horsepower and 530 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Ferrari isn't divulging the price of the Omologata.

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