Top 5 Used Sedans Under $15,000

July 6th, 2015 by

Buying a used car with a budget attached can sometimes be daunting.  It used to be that buying a used car with a budget attached wasn’t always the best thing.

There are a couple things that can safely put that old feeling to bed.  First any car produced within the last five years has seen such a shift in technology and are made to endure longevity.

Lexington used cars are no different and there are plenty great options to choose from.  Without having to sacrifice quality, reliability or style, the below mentioned models all debuted within the last five years and are perfect contenders for you.

2011 Chevy Malibu

2011 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ. X11CH_MA012 (08/12/2010)  (United States)

First introduced in 2008, the Malibu was one of the first in the Chevy sedan lineups to get a “modern” look rather than “classic” or “retro”.  In 2009 it won North American Car of the Year award and has continued to impress critics and drivers alike.

The 2011 Malibu came in four trim styles; LT, 1LT, 2LT and LTZ.

Housing a 2.4L 4 cylinder engine with 169 horsepower.  It has a combined average of 26 mpg (22 mpg city/33 mpg highway).  The LT and LTZ boast a 3.6L 6V engine with 252 horsepower.

Having improved on exterior style to come with a more sleek, sportier approach, Chevy didn’t lack on the interior details either.  Immediately noticeable are the two-toned trim colors, ambient lighting and a blue backlight to illuminate the gauges.  The seats provide enough room for every guest or grocery bag.

Safety is of particular importance to the good people at Chevrolet and they have something to brag about with the Malibu.  Featuring both front side and head curtain airbags, the 2011 Malibu comes equipped with antilock disk brakes as well as stability and traction control.

Having earned an overall rating of four stars out of a possible five, with four stars for overall frontal crash protection and five stars for overall side crash protection, the Malibu outshined the new regulations for crash testing that the government instituted that year.  The 2011 Malibu was awarded their highest rating of “Good” in its frontal-offset and side-impact testing by the IIHS, Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.

Providing good fuel economy, excellent safety standards and a fun drive, this is the first great choice of many you’ll be making.

2010 Ford Fusion

2010 fusion

The 2010 Fusion received both an exterior and interior makeover for this model year.

Getting your pick of either front wheel or all wheel drive, you also get the choice of the 3.0L or 3.5L V6, though the 3.5 is reserved for the Sports trim, which makes it quite a bit faster.

Redesigning the interior to not only look more inviting but also user friendly has bridged a big gap between older and newer models.  A newly styled dashboard is highlighted with metallic accents and

The exterior nods its head at a more aerodynamic shape with sportier lines. Tweaks to the headlamps, hood and undercarriage provide both utilitarian as well as aesthetic appeal to the 2010 Fusion.

SYNC is featured in the Fusion as a voice activated communications system.  Operating hands free by the sound of your voice, you can command phone calls, search through contacts, change media mode without having to take your eye off the road.

The 2.5L 4 cylinder engine wins in fuel efficiency with 23 mpg city and 34 mpg of highway driving beating out  the 6 cylinder 18 mpg/25 mpg (city/highway).

2010 Toyota Camry

2010 camry

Could be the most refined on the list with a quiet, comfortable and elegant ride, the 2010 Camry is a win in most categories.  The midcycle makeover had some notable changes to the 2010 model was welcomed.

Among the changes; replacing the older 2.4L engine to a 2.5L engine as well as upgrading the previous years 5 speed is the new 6 speed automatic or manual transmission.  Other upgrades include larger headlights, new grille and redesigned tail light.  Bluetooth and satellite radio were introduced as standard in the 2010 Camry.

Coming in four different trim models, a 3.5L V6 was offered in every one but the base model.  Boasting 268 horsepower and 248 lb./ft. torque the 2010 Camry still gets an impressive 19 mpg/28 mpg city/highway.  The 2.5 4 cylinder, 168 horsepower, is the more fuel efficient sedan getting 22 mpg/33 mpg (city/highway).

With top notch ratings in safety, it’s understood why the Camry is always a preferred family sedan.  Every 2010 Toyota Camry came equipped with antilock brakes with brake assist, stability control, front-seat airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag.

The NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Camry a perfect five stars in all frontal and side impact categories.  The IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) gave their top rating of “Good” in frontal-offset and side-impact crash tests.

The interior, while designed for function and utility, also caters to comfortability.  Plenty roomy enough for your family with all sorts of storage nooks to hide away toys and books, this is the car you take on your family vacation.

Automatic dual-zoned climate control, bluetooth connectivity, reclining and folding rear seats, moonroof and leather interior are available on the XLE trim and would still have you below the $15,000 mark.  Possibly one of the best perks of cars a couple years older; affordable luxury upgrades.

2013 Chevy Sonic

2013 red sonic

Developed as a replacement to the Aveo, that was treated like a red-headed step-sister, the Chevy Sonic has been impressing mom and dad since day one.  Attempting to please everyone, the Sonic is available as a sedan or a four-door hatchback.  The options on this one are plentiful.

Coming with a 4 cylinder engine that has left some to wonder what the fuss is, the upgrade to the turbocharged 4 cylinder has critics much happier.  The turbocharged engine provides a smoother, quieter ride and provides better fuel economy.

The option for standard 5 speed manual or 6 speed automatic transmission both exist which is nice for those who don’t get that choice in most sedans anymore.  A six speed manual comes standard on the turbocharged.

The turbocharged also gets the best EPA mileage coming in at 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.  That bests the base model at 26 mpg/35 mpg (city/highway).  It also beats most others in this category.

Like others in this category the 2013 Sonic also received top rating of “Good” by the IIHS.  The Sonic got an overall of five stars in safety ratings from NHTSA.

As as a welcomed surprise, it’s roomier than its smaller size would leave you to suppose.  The interior design has left some underwhelmed, but given its base and and where you’re finding the perks, that seems alright with the audience.

The perks are in the audio and stereo system.  Using MyLink as the infotainment system, there is also satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity and a six speaker system.  Its bright colors and bold features, along with great technological perks coming standard, this 2013 Sonic appears to be playing to a younger, more hip demographic.

2011 Mazda 6

2011 mazda 6 grey

Probably the most attractive sedan on the list, the Mazda 6 can prove it is more than just good looking, though some of its best qualities are in athletic handling and engaging performance.  C’mon Mazda, we all know you’re the cool kid in class.  Go ahead and take a bow.

Coming standard with a 6 speed manual, 6 or 5 speed automatics are also an option.  The 4 cylinder engine ranks about the same as its competitors in fuel economy; 22 mpg/31 mpg (city/highway).   An option for the 3.7L V6 engine, which matches its sporty shape by reaching 60 mph in 6.5 seconds using 272 horsepower.

Boasting the largest trunk space in its class, the Mazda 6 compromises nothing in interior room and comfort.  Thoughtful and considerate to ergonomics, the seating is available in leather in different trims.

Rated “Good” by the IIHS, some of its safety features aren’t as strong as others in this category, but the Mazda 6 is still getting top safety awards.
With all these models possessing similar qualities and ratings, their styles and trims are all quite different.  For under $15,000 you get a stellar choice of sedans with value, style and reliability.

Your local Lexington dealer will help place you in that’s best for you.