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10 Best Used Family Cars Under $15,000


The prices of new cars continue to rise, and buying a brand-new car might not be the most budget-friendly option. However, that doesn’t change the need for reliable, safe family transportation. Getting a family car is one of the biggest investments you’ll make. We strongly recommend doing a lot of research before sealing the deal.

To help you with your quest, the editors at Kelley Blue Book put together a list of the 10 Best Used Family Cars Under $15,000. This list is filled with past Best Buy Award winners and models known for fantastic resale value and reliability. The prices in this list are based on the Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price. Keep in mind that the higher the trim level you look at, the more you’ll pay. But you’ll likely get more features . In some cases, that can mean more safety features and family-friendly add-ons.

2016 Mazda CX-5

If you want your fuel-efficient compact SUV with a side of sportiness, consider the Mazda CX-5. Available with features such as Smart Brake Support with Collision Warning, lane-departure warning, and adaptive cruise control, the CX-5 is as practical as it is good-looking. See Mazda CX-5 models for sale near you

2015 Subaru Outback

The Outback came from station wagon roots but has evolved into a comfortable, spacious SUV alternative designed for family adventure. It comes standard with all-wheel drive and has plenty of interior space for cargo and people. The Outback is backed by the reliability that Subaru is known for. See Subaru Outback models for sale near you

2015 Toyota Venza

Before the Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport and the upsized Hyundai Santa Fe came on the scene, there was a 2-row midsize SUV from Toyota called the Venza. Its wide platform and 5-seat configuration give the Venza interior roominess that’s hard to beat. If your budget allows, search for this reliable, comfortable model from Toyota with the optional V6 engine. See Toyota Venza models for sale near you

2016 Chevrolet Equinox

The Chevrolet Equinox is larger than competitive compact SUVs. This translates into a spacious second row and generous cargo area. Other appealing features of the Equinox include impressive infotainment options, best-in-class fuel economy from its standard 4-cylinder engine. It also has the ability to tow up to 3,500 pounds with the optional V6. See Chevrolet Equinox models for sale near you

2015 Honda CR-V

The Honda CR-V is a strong seller because of its pleasing combination of practicality, comfort, efficiency and ride quality. As we said in our Expert Review, “For a drive across the town or the country, Honda’s new CR-V is about as good as a compact SUV gets.” See Honda CR-V models for sale near you


2013 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 is a 2-row compact SUV that provides plenty of power, but is also quite efficient, netting up to 31 mpg on the highway. It’s comfortable, reliable, and offers strong resale values. One thing you’ll appreciate about the RAV4 on a day-to-day basis is its spacious second-row and massive cargo area. See Toyota RAV4 models for sale near you

2014 Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna is one of the very few minivans you can get with all-wheel drive, making it one of the friendliest minivans for families that deal with winter weather. Its well-designed interior offers excellent storage and deep cargo wells behind the third row. The Sienna brings what the Toyota brand promises; namely, a practical, comfortable vehicle that offers top-notch resale value and reliability. See Toyota Sienna models for sale near you

2013 Honda Pilot

If you want the space and versatility that three rows of seats offer but a minivan isn’t what you’re looking for, consider the Honda Pilot. You can get the 8-passenger capacity of a minivan, plus a carlike ride. And, unlike most minivans, you get decent ground clearance and available all-wheel drive with the Pilot, allowing you to get to family destinations a minivan just can’t get to. See Honda Pilot models for sale near you

2012 Toyota Highlander

From its fantastic track record of reliability and high resale value to its wide range of models, the Toyota Highlander is a family car that’s easy to recommend. Other major benefits the Highlander offers include a premium interior, clever storage spaces, and an available center stowable seat that can change the 3-passenger second row into a 2-passenger space with a passthrough. See Toyota Highlander models for sale near you

2015 Honda Odyssey

Our Expert Review explains what we like about the 2015 Odyssey: “The Honda Odyssey is a clear choice for a family looking for a practical, comfortable, fuel-efficient, feature-packed 8-passenger hauler. It’s easily better at those tasks than a full-sized SUV, and there’s nothing like those sliding doors when you’re in a tight parking lot.” See Honda Odyssey models for sale near you

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