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Best Used Cars for Under $15,000

In the market for a used car? Consumer Reports recently put together a list of what they consider the best used cars available right now for under $15,000.

For less than $10,000, top picks include the 2008 Hyundai Sonata and 2004 Toyota RAV4. And for between $10,000-$15,000, they recommend looking at the 2011 Honda Fit, 2005-2006 Acura TL, and 2005-2007 Honda CR-V.

Check out the full list below and make sure these vehicles are on your consideration list.

Less Than $10,000 – Sedans2008 Hyundai Sonata; 2004 Acura TSX
Less Than $10,000 – SUVs2004 Toyota RAV4
$10,000-$15,000 – Small Cars2011 Honda Fit; 2011 Mazda3
$10,000-$15,000 – Sedans2006-7 Honda Accord; 2005-6 Acura TL
$10,000-$15,000 – Small SUVs2006-8 Toyota RAV4; 2005-7 Honda CR-V


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Gregg Fidan Gregg Fidan is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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