Best used car for under $15k?
I'm in the market for a used car. What's the best I can get for $15k or under? I'll be using it primarily for city driving, commuting back and forth between school. I live in a warm, dry climate, so weather isn't an issue. I'd like something that's reliable, gets decent gas mileage, handles well, and is solidly built. And if there's something I could get with a little more personality than the ubiquitous and bland Civics, Accords, etc., that would be good too.
I've been looking at Jettas and Passats from the past few years. These seeem to be of somewhat higher build quality than comparably priced Japanese cars, but I could be mistaken. Any other suggestions? Thanks a lot.