As some of the best used hybrids and used electric cars from a few years ago are getting older, owners are starting to trade them in for newer, more efficient models. Buying a used hybrid or used EV is an excellent option if you’re interested in owning a fuel-efficient car and want to reduce your carbon footprint without breaking the bank. Let’s take a look at five of the best, used hybrids priced under $20,000 according to Kelley Blue Book (KBB).
The Best Used Hybrids According to Kelley Blue Book
In the interest of full disclosure, the top five cars on KBF‘s list is all hybrids, with the only EV coming in eighth on the list, so we’ll cover it in a separate section last.
The 2015 Toyota Prius is one of the best used hybrids
The Toyota Prius, introduced in 2001, paved the way for somewhat unappealing, under-performing cars that achieved surprising fuel economy. However, things have improved in the years between the introduction of the Prius and the release of the 2015 Toyota Prius. The 2015 Prius is no longer the ugly duckling it used to be. It gets a combined range of 48 mpg (571 miles), and while it still won’t win drag races, there are some features to look for in a used 2015 Prius.
The base 2015 Toyota Prius Two features a height-adjustable driver’s seat and steering wheel that can be tilted and extended to provide an individual fit for each driver, automatic climate control and a 6.1-inch touchscreen audio system with Bluetooth. Prius Plug-in Hybrids offer onboard navigation at no additional cost.
Try to find an upgraded 2015 Toyota Prius Three, Four or Five for more factory features. The 2015 Prius Five includes an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, 17-inch alloy wheels and the option of a pre-collision safety system, lane-keeping assistant and parking assist. Some 2015 Prius models even have a sunroof that drives a fan to release heat from the cabin on hot days.
The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid combines efficiency and reliability
Combining the legendary reliability and styling of the Toyota Camry with the efficiency of the Prius, the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid is more stylish and comfortable than the Prius, while still getting 40 mpg combined (680 mile range).
The Camry got a suspension update in 2015 and an exterior update in 2017, but the dated interior also needed some TLC. Buyers looking for the best fuel economy should choose the 2017 Camry SE model, complete with an eight-way power driver’s seat, leather-wrapped steering wheel and sport-tuned suspension.
The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is an economical small SUV
Building on the popularity and reliability of the RAV4, Toyota has added a hybrid option to the 2016 Toyota RAV4 for the first time. This allowed the small SUV to get up to 32 mpg combined (474 mile range).
A well-equipped 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid should have a power-operated driver’s seat with memory function, Toyota Safety Sense, a premium audio system with a 7-inch touchscreen, Toyota’s optional Bird’s Eye View Camera for parking assistance and blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alarm.
The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid gets the most out of every litre
The 2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid also ended up on the KBB list of best used hybrids. The Highlander Hybrid is a medium-sized three-row crossover. It gets a combined 28 mpg (482 mile range) with its standard four-wheel drive and seating for seven. The 2013 Highlander Hybrid has a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It runs with two 650-volt permanent magnet electric motors and achieves 231 horsepower and 215 lb-ft of torque.
A single electric motor supplies power to the rear wheels when needed for all-wheel traction, eliminating the need for transfer cases and driveshafts to drive the rear wheels, as in traditional four-wheel drive configurations. In addition, savvy shoppers will find models with upgrades such as a rear seat entertainment system, a power tailgate and navigation.
The 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid offers legendary reliability
Only one Honda made the top five on KBB’s list of best used hybrids. That Honda model would be the 2015 Honda Accord Hybrid. It features a combined 47 mpg (743 miles) range and legendary reliability. Standard 2015 Accord Hybrid features include a 10-way power driver’s seat, LED driving lights and LaneWatch. LaneWatch provides a view into the driver’s blind spot via a small video camera. The camera is mounted under the rear-view mirror on the passenger side.
The 2018 Nissan Leaf is the best-used EV on the list
The only all-electric car to be on KBB’s “Under $20K” list is the 2018 Nissan Leaf. It landed at number eight on the list. The 2018 Leaf has a total range of 151 miles with a combined 112 MPGe.
While 151 miles may not sound like much for a road trip, it’s probably enough for most people’s everyday driving. The 2018 Leaf got a complete makeover with updated styling and premium interior materials. Although the Nissan Leaf seats five, the footwell in the center of the rear seat has an awkward hump. This can make it slightly uncomfortable for anything more than a short trip. Leaf S and SV trims feature cloth seats, but upgrading to the SL trim includes leather trim.
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