6 new and used cars you can get for under $15,000

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Each week, Boston.com profiles several cars that consumers can find for below a certain price point in an effort to help you find your dream car faster. The cars listed include new and used models and any financial incentives currently available. Prices posted here are either starting MSRPs for newer vehicles or based on Kelley Blue Book’s Fair Purchase Price for used vehicles.

2014 Ford Escape

2014 Ford Escape. —Ford

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $14,368

Why it’s worth the price: Ford’s smallest crossover is stylish, spacious, and fuel efficient, returning 22 mpg around town and 31 on the highway. The Escape is one of a handful of compact SUVs to offer a choice of engines. The base model’s powertrain is a 168-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can upgrade to a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 178 horsepower or a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that delivers 240 horses. Ford’s infotainment system with navigation and an 8-inch touch screen is available.

The 2014 Escape earned a four-out-of-five star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and top scores in most crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. However, it received the agency’s lowest score of “poor” in the small overlap front test, which measures a collision’s impact on the vehicle’s front corner. Available safety features include automatic parallel parking and blind-spot warning.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2014 Ford Escape in good or better condition can range from $12,917 to $15,819 and has a typical mileage of about 48,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.

2014 MINI Clubman

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $13,751

Why it’s worth the price: Redesigned in 2014, the hardtop MINI Clubman is a small, sporty city car with a dose of English sensibility. The base model gets 134 horsepower with MINI’s first 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine. The Cooper S trim gets a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that returns 189 horsepower. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. A convertible version is available.

The 2014 MINI Clubman was not rated by two federal automobile rating agencies, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2014 MINI Clubman in good or better condition can range from $12,740 to $14,761 and has a typical mileage of about 35,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.

2016 Kia Forte

2016 Kia Forte. —Kia

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $13,333

Why it’s worth the price: For less than $14,000, you can make last year’s Kia Forte your own. The five-passenger compact car is roomy, with lots of space for passengers and cargo. It comes in several trims. The Forte’s base model gets a 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an outstanding 26 mpg in the city and 39 on the highway. The top-of-the-line Kia Forte5 SX delivers 201 horsepower with a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder. Kia’s UVO infotainment system and leather upholstery are available.

The 2016 Forte four-door sedan earned four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency did not rate the two-door or hatchback versions. The car received good scores in three crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but got the agency’s second-worst score of “marginal” in the small overlap front test.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2016 Kia Forte in good or better condition can range from $12,329 to $14,336 and has a typical mileage of about 19,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.

2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Toyota Camry. —Toyota

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $14,825

Why it’s worth the price: The Camry has a reputation for reliability, so rest assured that a used model won’t leave you stranded or shelling out a lot of money at the mechanic. The spacious midsize sedan returns an excellent 25 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway using a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 model earned a five-star rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It achieved top scores in nearly every crash test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but received the second-highest rating of “good” in the agency’s small overlap front test.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2014 Toyota Camry in good or better condition can range from $13,788 to $15,861 and has a typical mileage of about 33,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage

2017 Mitsubishi Mirage GT. —Mitsubishi

Starting MSRP: $12,995

Why it’s worth the price: Refreshed for 2017, the ultra-inexpensive Mitsubishi Mirage has a new look and new technology. All three of the Mirage’s trims are powered by a 1.2-liter three-cylinder engine paired with either a five-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission. Manual transmission models achieve 33 mpg around town and 41 on the highway. The Mirage’s optional Mitsubishi Connect system is now equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Mirage received four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and top scores in every test performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety except for the small overlap front test, for which it received the agency’s second-lowest score of “marginal.”

2016 Chevrolet Sonic

2016 Chevrolet Sonic RS Sedan. —Chevrolet

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $11,044

Why it’s worth the price: Last year’s Chevrolet Sonic provides a capable and comfortable ride for $4,000 less than a new model. The five-passenger compact car returns a 24 mpg in the city and 35 on the highway with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers can also choose a punchy, turbocharged 1.4-liter engine. The Sonic comes as a sedan or a hatchback.

The 2016 Sonic earned top safety scores from both the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Forward collision alert and lane departure warning are available.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2016 Chevrolet Sonic in good or better condition can range from $9,618 to $12,469 and has a typical mileage of about 19,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.