You’re a simple person with simple needs. You don’t care about de-icing windshield wipers or diamond-stitched seating. You just want a car that’s reliable, good on gas and gets you to work on time. Look no further: Here are five reliable cars for under $15,000 that will get you where you need to go.
2017 TOYOTA YARIS
MSRP: Starts at $15,395
Engine and Transmission: 1.5-liter 4-Cylinder | 6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy: 7.8, 6.5 L/100km City, Highway
Cargo Capacity: 13.5, 382.3 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Passenger Volume: 99.4, 2814.7 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Standard Features: 6.1” Display Audio, Bluetooth, Power Door Locks and Windows, 9 Airbags, Steering Wheel Audio Controls
Trims: 3DR CE 5M, 3DR CE 4A, 5DR LE 5M, 5DR LE 4A, 5DR SE 5M, 5DR SE 4A
Highlights: The updated Yaris sees some new technologies added to the roster, including a user-friendly tech interface and convenient steering wheel audio controls. While most base model subcompacts lack the more illustrious safety technologies like Lane Departure Warning and automatic high beams, Toyota’s made sure to include both as well as Pre-Collison System.
Toyota is also generous with the standard features and owners will enjoy the comfort this affordable hatchback offers. Of the five vehicles listed here, the Yaris scores highest on reliability thanks to the brand’s longstanding reputation.
MSRP: Starts at $14,950
Engine and Transmission: 1.5 Liter, 4-Cylinder | 6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy: 8.1, 6.6 L/100km City, Highway
Cargo Capacity: 14.9, 382.3 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Passenger Volume: 95.7, 2709.9 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Standard Features: Remote Entry System with Security System, 60/40 Split 2nd-Row Magic Seat, Power Windows and Locks, 5” LCD Screen, Bluetooth and Rearview Camera
Trims: DX, LX, SE, EX, EX-L Navi
Highlights: For a segment not known for its spacious interiors, the Honda Fit actually offers quite a bit of it, for both cargo and passengers. It’s an obvious pick for anyone that prioritizes interior comfort and roominess. It also scores major bonus points for having a standard rearview camera and LCD touchscreen. Finally, most experts agree it’s one of the most fuel-efficiency vehicles on the road today.
MSRP: Starts at $13,899
Engine and Transmission: 1.6-liter 4-Cylinder | 6-Speed Manual or 6-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy: 8.7, 6.4 L/100km City, Highway
Cargo Capacity: 13.7, 387.9 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Passenger Volume: 89.7, 2540.9 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Standard Features: Rear Spoiler, 60/40 Split-Ford Rear Seatback, Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control System and Vehicle Stability Management, Power Door Locks
Trims: L, GL, GLS
Highlights: For buyers looking for something that packs a bit of punch, the 2017 Accent will do the trick. It offers best-in-class horsepower and torque, 137 and 123lb.-ft respectively, which is an impressive feat for a 1.6-Liter. The Accent is available in sedan and hatchback versions, and both come with a 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty. Finally, for an economical vehicle, it definitely doesn’t feel like it on the inside; the materials are soft-to-the-touch and make for a comfortable ride.
MSRP: Starting at $14,595
Engine and Transmission: 1.6 Liter, 4-Cylinder | 6-Speed Manual
Fuel Economy: 8.8, 6.5 L/100km City, Highway
Cargo Capacity: 13.7, 387.9 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Passenger Volume: 89.4, 2531.5 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Standard Features: Electric Power Steering, Power Folding Side View Mirrors,
Trims: LX, EX, SX
Highlights: The 2017 Rio is covered by Kia’s Total Care Ownership Warranty, considered one of the best coverage plans on the market today. It includes a 5-year/100,000 km plan which covers virtually every part of the vehicle. Also, with an exceptional fuel economy and loads of passenger volume in both the front and back, you’re not spending a lot for a vehicle that’s likely to last you a long time.
MSRP: Starting at $14,498
Engine and Transmission: 1.6L 4-Cylinder | 5-Speed Automatic
Fuel Economy: 8.6, 6.5 L/100km City, Highway
Cargo Capacity: 18.8, 532 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Passenger Volume: 94.1, 2664.6 (Cu.ft, Liter)
Standard Features: Air Conditioning, Bluetooth, 60/40 Split Fold-Down Rear Seats
Trims: S, SV, SR, SL
Highlights: Nissan’s done an excellent job of using the Versa’s interior space effectively. It sports 18.8 liters of cargo capacity, making it an ideal subcompact for buyers with gear to transport. It actually has the most room for stuff out of all five of our picks. It’s also one of the sportiest looking rides, too.