5 of the Best Used Cars for Under $12K

December 13th, 2019 by

An orange 2018 Chevy Cruze, popular among used cars, is driving around a corner.

Here at Arizona Cars in Mesa, AZ, we’ve got a vast selection of the best used cars under $12K. If you are on a tight budget and need a new-to-you set of wheels, we’ve got plenty of used cars to choose from.

We asked our team of auto experts about their top 5 favorite used cars for under $12, and they helped us come up with this handy shopping list. So of these models might surprise you.

2018 Chevrolet Cruze

Just because a car is pre-owned, that doesn’t mean that it has to be old. You can find a newer model used car for under $12K easily. Take the 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, for example. This sporty ride can be purchased for under $12K if you stick with a lower trim level.

The LS model rolls on 15-inch steel wheels and has carpeted floors and a front center armrest for comfort. The driver’s seat and tilt-and-telescoping starring column can both be adjusted to suit your height. This model also comes with several advanced tech features such as the MyLink infotainment system that is displayed don a 7-inch touchscreen and a rearview camera. Bluetooth connectivity enables hands-free calling, and you can stream your music through the 6-speaker via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. A USB port is also provided for charging your mobile device. This ride even has its own 4G LTE Wifi hotspot to keep you connected everywhere you go.

2017 Kia Rio

A black 2017 Kia Rio is driving with a blurred background in Mesa, AZ.

Another not-so-old used car under $12K is the 2017 Kia Rio. This model can be found as a sedan or as a hatchback.

If you opt for the entry-level LX version, it will ride on 15-inch steel wheels and have power-adjustable heated side mirrors. A trip computer is provided to help calculate mileage, and you can listen to music via the CD player, satellite radio, or by hooking up your smartphone with the auxiliary jack. The four-speaker stereo is adequate for entertaining you during your daily commute. The driver’s seat is height-adjustable, but the steering column is tilt-only.

2016 Nissan Versa

Ranked in the top 20 subcompact cars by U.S. News & World Report, the 2016 Nissan Versa is a solid pick for a used car under $12K. Even though it’s super petite, this model has an adult-friendly back seat and plenty of space. You can also go for a mid-level trim without exceeding your budget.

Let’s take a look at the SV version. You will get remote keyless entry with power locks and windows on this model. It also comes with upgraded cloth upholstery and interior accents. Bluetooth connectivity enables hands-free calling, and you can easily control the audio settings by utilizing the buttons located on the steering wheel. For music, you can also plug-in your smartphone via the auxiliary jack and listen to your favorite songs through the 4-speaker stereo system.

2016 Hyundai Elantra

You will be surprised how many cool features you can get with the 2016 Hyundai Elantra. Even on lower trims like the SE, it still has plenty to offer to keep you satisfied.
Standard features on the base SE model include 15-inch steel wheels, power locks and windows, air conditioning, and a trip computer. The tilt-and-telescoping steering column can be adjusted to suit your height as well as the driver’s seat. The six-speaker stereo system operates with a CD player and satellite radio for the best music listening experience that $12K can buy. If you need to charge your phone on the way to work, you can easily hook it up via the USB port.

2015 Ford Fiesta

A red 2015 Ford Fiesta is driving on a tree-lined street.

If you want a higher trim level on your used car, you’ll have to go back a little bit more. The 2015 Ford Fiesta is a great option that isn’t too old. Ranked in the top ten subcompact cars by U.S. News & World Report, you can get this petite sedan in a top-tier trim for under $12K.

The Titanium version features 16-inch wheels, a black grille, and chrome exterior accents. The cabin boasts heated, leather seats for comfort during the winter months, and keyless ignition/entry makes it easy to get going in the mornings. A rearview camera plus parking sensors help with backing out of tight or crowded spaces without hitting anything. It also comes with the MyFord Touch infotainment interface displayed on a 6.5-inch touchscreen. You can even listen to HD radio through the upgraded 8-speaker Sony stereo system.

Visit Arizona Cars

To find the perfect ride for under $12K, give us a call or head over to Arizona Car in Mesa, AZ today for a test drive. We value all of our customers, including those who may not have a large budget, so we keep a selection of used cars under $12K in our inventory. The vehicles mentioned above are ones we love to see come onto our lot, so be sure to check out our inventory to find the best option for your needs.

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