Used Cars: 2014 Models for Under $17k

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MaseratiWhat if you could purchase a used car — nearly new — this year’s model, many with factory warranty remaining, for less than half the cost of new? Why, it would be less than brilliant to turn down such a deal, wouldn’t it? Right now, on used car websites like, you can locate hundreds-of-thousands of super-late model, low mileage used cars, trucks, vans, and even SUVs for under $17k; many with the factory warranty still intact.


Here are a few examples of the great savings you can get on a late model used car — 2014 model, many with the “new car smell still wafting in the interior.”


Kia Soul

soulThis Korean born beauty is available so many ways, that you are bound to like one of them. From sporty to outdoorsy to a bare knuckled work wagon, the Soul has got it in droves. Outstanding fuel efficiency can be expected from either the 1.6-liter or the 2.0-liter and both are available with a manual or automatic transmission.

Dodge Avenger

2014_Dodge_Avenger_SXT_1191015The Avenger has a name that sounds a lot like a super-hero and that is because it is a super-value — if you are looking for a late model used mid-size sports sedan, that is. It lists a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine as standard equipment and gets 21 mpg city/29 mpg highway. A 3.6-liter V6 engine was also offered in the Avenger.

Ford Fiesta

Ford-Fiesta-4Available as either a hatchback or a sedan, this subcompact puts up impressive fuel efficiency numbers of 29 mpg city/39 mpg highway, when equipped with the standard 1.6-liter engine. A Fiesta was also offered with an ultra-economical 1.0-liter 3-cylinder turbocharged EcoBoost engine, as well as a sporty 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that produces nearly 200-horsepower.

Chevrolet Sonic

Chevy SonicAlso available as either a hatch or sedan, the Sonic is all about the economy. I mean ALL about it. While it is fun to drive when equipped with the turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and six-speed transmission, much of its charm is lost when it is equipped with an automatic transmission. Standard equipment on lower trim levels is a 1.8-liter that produces the exact same horsepower as the turbocharged engine, but with less torque.

Chevrolet Cruze

cruze-pngThe Cruze is rapidly becoming a consumer favorite for fuel efficiency and styling. The base model LS is equipped with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that manages 25 mpg city/36 highway, with the manual transmission. An economical 1.4-liter turbocharged engine gets 26 mpg city/38 highway, while the 2.0-liter diesel blows everything away with 27 mpg city/46 mpg highway.

Chrysler 200

2014-Chrysler-200-Touring-WallpaperThe 200 is a mid-size sedan with some of the best standard safety features in its class. Engine options include a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that generates 173-horsepower or a 3.6-liter PentaStar that makes 283-horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission is the only one available. The 200 offers full length side curtain airbags, mitigated braking, crash avoidance, and lane departure assist as standard safety equipment on all models.

Chevrolet Impala

RED-2014-IMPALAThe Impala is a full-size sedan that lists a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine as standard equipment on all trim levels. It is rated at 195-horsepower and 187 lb.-ft. of torque and has received an EPA estimated rating of 21 mpg city/31 highway. A six-speed automatic front-wheel drive transmission is standard and a 3.6-liter V6 is also available.

Jeep Patriot

2014_Jeep_Patriot_Latitude_4x4_763625_i0A 2014 model Sport Utility Vehicle for under $17k? You can’t go wrong with that kind of savings. This compact SUV lists a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 158-horsepower as standard equipment with a 2.4-liter, 172-horsepower, four cylinder is an optional upgrade. There are three transmissions to choose from; a five-speed manual (standard), a continuously variable transmission (CVT), and a six-speed automatic.

Ford Focus

focusDo you lack focus? This Focus is available as a sedan or hatchback that lists a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment, with a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual transmission as optional. This sporty and nimble handling car gets 27 mpg/38 mpg highway. Acceleration is above average going from 0 to 60 mph in 8.7-seconds.

Jeep Compass

Jeep CompassThe Jeep Compass is offered in either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Sport and Latitude trim levels feature front -wheel drive and are equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 158-horsepower.Three transmission options are available in these levels, the Sport comes standard with a five-speed manual but a six-speed automatic or CVT are also available. The Latitude level lists the six-speed automatic as standard equipment.

Kia Forte

kia forteThe Kia Forte (pronounced fortay) is available as either a coupe, sedan, or hatchback sub compact car. Three different engine options are available beginning with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that manages 148-horsepower, the EX trim level is equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that manufactures 173-horsepower, and the SX and Koup variants are available with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that pumps out 201-horsepower.

Toyota Corolla

CorollaEven the least experienced consumer knows that a 2014 Toyota Corolla for under $17k is like taking candy from a baby. Every Toyota built within the last ten years features unrivalled reliability and longevity. It is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, with a six-speed manual transmission listed as standard equipment. However, a four-speed automatic and a CVT are also available on higher trim levels.

Nissan Versa

2014VersaNRNThis super-efficient Nissan is available as a hatchback (known as the Versa Note) or a compact sedan. It is powered by a 1.6-liter engine that delivers only 109-horsepower to the front wheels. Nevertheless, when equipped with the standard five-speed manual transmission, the Versa is amiable enough to everyday driving. When you throw the CVT behind this little four-cylinder, fuel mileage gets better and performance becomes a thing of the past.

Hyundai Accent

hyundai accentLike the majority of these Korean and Japanese econo-boxes, the Accent is available as a sedan or hatchback. At the heart of this valiant steed is a direct fuel injected 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that pounds out 138-horsepower and 123 lb.-ft. of torque. The U.S.E.P.A. has estimated that each Accent sedan will maintain a fuel efficiency rating of 27 mpg city/37 mpg highway, when equipped with the six-speed automatic transmission.

Nissan Altima

2014AltimaBetween the large and mid-size Chevys, the Corolla, and the Dodge 200, it is hard to say which is the better car but this Nissan is right in the mix. Nissan has built the Altima for many years and they have certainly worked the “kinks” out of it. It lists a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and a front-wheel drive CVT as standard equipment and posts fuel efficiency ratings of 22 mpg city/31 mpg highway.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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