What are the best used SUVs under $15,000? With used car prices on the rise, you want the best vehicle available. iSeeCars just announced its twenty-five best cars under $15,000. The Subaru Forster and Outback are the top two of the five best used SUVs on the new list.
To make a list, vehicles had to score high on long-term reliability, value retention, and highest average safety ratings from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). iSeeCars scored the cars on a scale of one to ten.
The 2014 Subaru Outback was the highest-ranked SUV with a score of 8.7 and an average price of $14,940. In addition, the Outback has a reliability score of 8.0, a value retention score of 8.1, and a safety score of 10.
iSeeCars says, “The best used SUV that can be found for under $15,000 is the Subaru Outback. It offers standard all-wheel drive, perfect for adventure seekers, can handle light off-roading, has class-leading cargo space, and comes standard with a roof rack.”
The 2014 Subaru Forester was ranked the second-best SUV with a score of 8.7 and an average price of $14,313. In addition, the Forester compact SUV has a reliability score of 8.0, a value retention score of 8.1, and a safety score of 10.
iSeeCars says, “Like the Outback, the Forester comes standard with all-wheel drive and delivers excellent fuel economy. It also has more passenger and cargo space than what’s typical for the compact SUV class.”
What is the fuel mileage of the Subaru Forester and Outback?
The 2014 Subaru Forester with the 2.5-liter engine best an estimated 24/31 city/highway mpg and 27 combined mpg with the automatic transmission. The 2014 Subaru Outback with the 2.5-liter engine best an estimated 24/30 city/highway mpg and 26 combined mpg with the automatic transmission and 18/24/20 with the 3.6-liter engine.
The 2016 Kia Sportage was ranked number three best used SUV, followed by the 2014 Hyundai Tucson (4th) and the 2014 Ford Escape (5th).
The study also ranked the 2014 Subaru Legacy the fourth-best midsize sedan with a score of 8.5. They also found the 2016 Subaru Impreza was the fourth-best small car under $15,000 with a score of 8.9.
How safe are Subaru vehicles?
The Subaru Outback, Forester, Legacy, and Impreza all scored a perfect ten for safety. Subaru’s standard all-wheel-drive vehicles excel in all-weather driving, but the brand is also known for its exceptional crash protection and safety record. As a result, all Subaru models are IIHS Top Safety Pick Plus (Forester, Outback, Crosstrek, and Legacy) or Top Safety Pick winners (Impreza.)
Consumers looking for the best used cars under $15,000 have lots of choices, and you can check out the complete list here. The Subaru Forester, Outback, Impreza, and Legacy models make the iSeeCars twenty-five best cars under $15,000. Check out the used Subaru models to avoid below.
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