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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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Electric vehicle concepts

Nissan shows off new concepts and plans for future EVs

Nissan showed off a group of funky concept vehicles at the announcement.

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Nissan is approaching the release of Ariya, its brand-new EV, but there are plans for much more in the automaker’s near future. Today, the Japanese company announced Nissan Ambition 2030, its plan to develop electrified vehicles and become a more sustainable company. Beyond new vehicles, the roadmap includes investments in battery recycling and charging infrastructure, new battery tech, and more widespread safety technologies.

Nissan Ambition 2030 The automaker plans for 50 percent electrification by 2030.Nissan

Nissan’s plans include 23 new electrified models by 2030. The target covers 15 new EVs and a target of 50 percent electrification. The automaker says it plans to launch a proprietary solid-state battery by 2028, and notes that it will develop a pilot production facility in Yokohama, Japan by 2024. Solid state technologies are not yet commercially viable but will offer faster charging times and better energy densities than lithium ion battery packs.

Nissan Surf-Out Concept Surf-Out is a concept truck with super funky styling.Nissan

While the focus was on the news of its electrification plans, Nissan’s concept vehicles stole the show. The Surf-Out concept truck features a long, low cargo surface and unique all-terrain tires. Typical of concept cars, the Surf-Out’s styling and design are over-the-top. The cabin is surrounded on three sides by glass and open to the bed in the rear. Instead of a grille, there’s a glass panel with an illuminated Nissan logo. It's unlikely Surf-Out or the other concepts shown will make it to production unchanged, but they show that the automaker is looking to explore bold designs with its electrified vehicles.

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New hot hatch

Toyota teases GR Corolla hatchback

The Instagram teaser contains many hints at the new GR Corolla.

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Toyota isn't always top of mind when it comes to performance cars, but the Japanese giant has a few tricks up its sleeve. There's the Supra, which the automaker partnered with BMW to produce and there's also the not-for-the-U.S. GR Yaris. The hotted-up hatchback features tremendous power and a four-wheel drive system, but buyers here can only watch jealously as our friends in Europe and elsewhere get all the fun. That's about to change for U.S. buyers, however, as Toyota has begun teasing the GR Corolla hatchback, which we will get.

The automaker posted a cryptic image to Instagram a month ago, but it's still making the rounds on the internet today, with users of the GR Corolla Forum still discussing the post today. The teaser, which is of the Corolla's interior, features hints as to what we might see when the car debuts. The navigation screen shows GR Four road, which points to the car's four-wheel drive system, while a G:16 on the clock in the gauge cluster represents the G16E-GTS engine that the car is expected to get. The GR Yaris also sports that engine, where it produces 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota GR Corolla GR, or Gazoo Racing, is Toyota's motorsport armToyota Europe

The GR Corolla should break cover next year, but we don't yet know if it will be a 2022 or 2023 model. As far as pricing goes, Toyota may pull out some surprises, but the car will likely be far more expensive than an everyday Corolla. The smaller GR Yaris is priced starting at nearly $40,000 in Europe, so the Corolla's price tag should be around or slightly above that number.

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