It can be difficult to find a reliable and affordable used car that costs less than $15,000 due to the increase in used car prices due to low inventories of new models and inflation.

At Montreal Auto Prix, there are many car models that can be purchased for under $15,000. Here are a few examples of reliable, affordable and value-for-money models you might want to consider:

  1. Toyota Yaris: An economical compact car that is reliable and easy to maintain.
  2. Honda Fit: Another compact car that offers great versatility and fuel economy.
  3. Hyundai Accent: A Korean compact car that is known for its strength and safety.
  4. Kia Rio: Another Korean compact car that is also affordable and reliable.
  5. Ford Focus: An American compact car that is known for its handling, versatility and reliability.
  6. Nissan Micra: A Japanese compact car that is equipped with an economical engine and a reliable automatic transmission.
  7. Chevrolet Sonic: An American compact car that is equipped with an economical engine and a reliable automatic transmission.

It is important to remember that these examples are based on car models manufactured before 2021, it is also important to check the maintenance costs, features and options available for each model before making a purchase decision.

Honda Fit and Honda Civic

The Honda Fit is a subcompact class vehicle produced by Honda. The vehicle was first introduced in 2001 and was marketed as a compact hatchback with folding rear seats and a large cargo capacity. This subcompact is known for its versatility, driving pleasure and reliability. It also offers good safety and fuel economy. However, its drawbacks include a dry ride and lack of soundproofing in the cabin, as well as a paint job that is often damaged by the sun. If you’re looking for a similar vehicle, but with more space, the Honda Civic may be an option, but you’ll have to accept higher mileage or an older model for a comparable price.

Toyota Yaris and Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Yaris and Corolla are both cars produced by Toyota, but they have different features and specifications. The Yaris is considered a compact or subcompact car, while the Corolla is a compact car and in terms of functionality and comfort, the Corolla generally offers more amenities and safety features compared to the Yaris.

Regardless of your choice, the Toyota Yaris and Corolla are reliable vehicles that can last for many years if properly maintained. Buying a used Toyota is an excellent choice that will last you for another decade.


The Mazda3 can be an interesting option for those looking for a small Japanese car that is fun to drive and affordable, although the rear space is limited. Since 2012, a version with a SKYACTIV engine has been added for better fuel economy.

Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio
The Hyundai Accent and Kia Rio are small, economical Korean cars that have been a big hit with Quebecers because of their solidity, safety and ability to stand the test of time. These models are generally less expensive than their Japanese competitors, making it possible to acquire 2016 or even 2017 models for less than $15,000.

Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra is a simple compact car produced by Japanese automaker Nissan that can be a great option for those looking for an affordable car. Unlike other Nissan models, it uses a conventional (4-speed) automatic transmission rather than a continuously variable transmission (Xtronic) that has had reliability issues. The Micra is known for its fuel economy and handling. Many Micra models can be found for under $15,000.

Ford Focus

The Ford Focus is another compact car option that can be purchased for under $15,000. This American compact car is known for its responsive chassis, handling, precise steering, effective braking and versatility. Passengers will also appreciate the comfortable suspension and soundproofing of the cabin. However, the rear space and trunk are smaller than those of its direct competitor, the Volkswagen Golf.

Good luck with your purchase!