6 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.

2017 Hyundai Accent

2017 Hyundai Accent. —Hyundai.

Starting MSRP: $14,745

Why it’s worth the price: The Hyundai Accent is an affordable subcompact car backed by one of the strongest warranties available. Though its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine can feel underpowered on the road, the small car delivers big benefits when it comes to fuel economy, eking out 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway.

Note that the Accent lacks safety features besides airbags and has one of the lowest safety ratings in its class. It performed well in some crash tests administered by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety but scored poorly on the small overlap front test, which measures the impact when the car’s front corner collides with an object. The sedan earned four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Current incentives: Check your local Hyundai dealership for offers and incentives.

2017 Nissan Versa

2017 Nissan Versa. —Nissan

Starting MSRP: $11,990

Why it’s worth the price: Starting at less than $12,000, the Nissan Versa is one of the most affordable new cars on the market. The subcompact comes with a 109-horsepower, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission and a continuously variable transmission are available. The Versa achieves 27 mpg around town and 36 mpg on the highway. Bluetooth is standard.

The 2016 model earned top scores in crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (the 2017 model hasn’t been tested yet) and four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera is optional in upper trims.

Current incentives: Check your local Nissan dealership for offers and incentives.

2017 Ford Fiesta

2017 Ford Fiesta. —Ford

Starting MSRP: $13,660

Why it’s worth the price: The Ford Fiesta subcompact pairs style and comfort at one of the lowest prices you’ll find. It comes standard with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a five-speed manual transmission. A turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission are available. The turbocharged EcoBoost engine achieves best-in-class fuel economy ratings with 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway.

The Fiesta scored well in crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety but didn’t fare as well in the small overlap front test, which measures a crash’s impact on the front corner of the car. The subcompact received four out of five stars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera and park assist are optional for upper trims.

Current incentives: Check your local Ford dealership for offers and incentives.

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Honda Civic. —Honda

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $14,411

Why it’s worth the price: The Honda Civic is a mainstay in the sedan segment, and a three-year-old model is just as solid as a new one – for three-quarters of the price. The Civic provides a sportier and more dynamic ride than rivals such as the Toyota Camry and the Ford Focus. The standard engine is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 143 horsepower. A 205-horsepower, 2.4-liter engine is available. Bluetooth, a 5-inch full-color display, and a USB port are standard.

The five-passenger sedan earned top scores from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Standard safety equipment for the 2015 model includes a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2014 Honda Civic in good or better condition can range from $13,079 to $15,742 and has a typical mileage of about 18,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.

2015 Honda Fit

2015 Honda Fit. —Honda

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $14,629

Why it’s worth the price: Perennially popular with Millennials and empty nesters who want space to haul cargo without leaving a large carbon footprint, the Honda Fit is an entry-level subcompact with personality. The Fit has only one engine – a 130-horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder. Buyers will get a decent ride and excellent fuel economy (33 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway) when the car is equipped with Honda’s optional continuously variable transmission. The Fit comes with Honda’s Magic Seat feature that allows the flexible folding rear seat to fold flat into the floor.

The 2015 Honda Fit took home top ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in all crash tests except for one that measures a collision’s impact on the car’s front corner. It earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera and automatic headlights are standard.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2015 Honda Fit in good or better condition can range from $13,617 to $15,640 and has a typical mileage of about 18,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.

2016 Kia Soul

2016 Kia Soul. —Kia

KBB.com Fair Purchase Price: $13,401

Why it’s worth the price: The funky Kia Soul five-door hatchback has earned a place in the automotive canon for its recognizable boxy shape and fun interior styling. The base model comes with a 130-horsepower, 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine and a manual transmission. The top-of-the-line Exclaim trim adds a 164-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, an automatic transmission, 18-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, and leather upholstery.

The 2016 Kia Soul received strong ratings in all crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The compact crossover earned a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. A rearview camera comes with the Exclaim and mid-tier Plus trims.

Current incentives: Kelley Blue Book researchers indicate a 2016 Kia Soul in good or better condition can range from $12,428 to $14,373 and has a typical mileage of about 18,000. Search local used car dealerships to find one.