We’ve scoured the market to pick out the top ten hybrid vehicles that you can buy for $25,000 or less
Everything associated with cars seems to be getting more expensive these days. Parts shortages are driving up the price of many new cars. Gas prices are still at near record highs. Thankfully, the used car market looks like it’s starting to cool off just a little and we’ve found a bunch of excellent hybrids that can save you cash at the dealer and then even more at the fuel pump.
We’ve already done a list of new hybrid cars under $30,000 so today, we’re switching it up. Here’s our list of the top ten hybrids available on the used-car market right now for less than $25,000.
Right off the bat, the Kia Niro is just an outstanding value. Finding a used 2020 model is pretty easy with our online search tool and that model year comes with a slew of desirable features. That includes an EPA-estimated 52 mpg in the city if you go with the LX trim.
The Niro is also available with outstanding safety features like adaptive cruise control, forward collision mitigation, and lane-keep assist. It’s a very well-rounded SUV and since Kia will let warranty coverage transfer to the second owner you might be able to find one with factory coverage still intact.
We go from one great choice to another with the RAV4. 2019 model year units can be had for this price and we love that AWD is available too. While not as efficient as the Niro, the RAV4 still delivers an EPA-estimated 40 mpg combined. It also offers more space, a little more refinement, and a bit more capability than the Kia too. Finally, they’re a great value in that they’ve depreciated quite a bit in just a few years.
As far as hybrid sedans go, the Accord might be the biggest measuring stick of the bunch. You’ll have to likely settle for a 2017 model year or older but that’s still well worth it in terms of features and capability. The hybrid powertrain under the hood is good for 212-hp and 48 mpg combined. Perhaps most notably, the Accord Hybrid handles exceptionally well for what it is.
The Ford Fusion can’t keep up with the Accord in the bends or in terms of overall fuel economy but it’s a nicer place to spend time thanks to exceptional interior build quality. From the seats to the technology, we really like the package offered in the Fusion Hybrid. It can include supple leather upholstery, integrated navigation, 12 speakers, and Ford’s excellent Sync3 infotainment system. It’ll still save you cash at the pump too with a 42 mpg combined rating.
No list of top hybrids could really be complete without the Prius could it? What’s more is that many different types of Prius are available at this price. Some wild deals are out there too like this 2022 model with under 10,000 miles for under $25k. Still, it’s not the only one. There are other Prius Primes as well as the Prius C and the regular Prius. All of which make for what is now legendary performance as a hybrid commuter vehicle.
The Ioniq is available as a plug-in hybrid or as a more conventional hybrid and we like both. Both are easy to find for well below our budget and each one offers an exceptional blend of technology, comfort, and quality. What’s more is that just like the Niro, the Ioniq comes with an awesome transferable warranty. In addition, it was named a Top Safety Pick by the IIHS and it comes with a bunch of excellent advanced driver assistance systems to boot!
Take everything that we love about the Prius and apply it here too. The Corolla looks a little more conventional but is still packed with advanced technology. They can also be found with low mileage at well below our budget price. In addition, you can expect to see a huge savings at the gas station as the Corolla Hybrid gets north of 50 mpg in every setting according to the EPA.
If you have the ability to use an extended range plug-in hybrid, the Volt is one of the best for getting an almost EV experience. It’ll go more than 50 miles on electric power alone and offer one of the best driving experiences of the class too. It’s not great on back seat room or interior quality but we think the range is enough to warrant serious consideration for some buyers.
What the Volt doesn’t offer is largely made up by the BMW i3. It can go almost 100 miles on a single charge and the range extending gasoline engine offers about 80 more miles. It has an excellent interior, great technology, and futuristic styling that probably won’t go out of fashion anytime soon. Keep in mind that it’s not a traditional hybrid though so road trips aren’t really practical.
The Ford Maverick though, is quite practical and might be our favorite hybrid of the bunch. Of course, we know that it’s only technically a used car since it arrived as a 2022 year model and that it’s tough to find under our budget but that’s because of greedy dealers, not because it’s impossible. The Maverick can get more than 40 mpg, haul all of your gear, and four or five people in the cabin itself. It’s full of excellent technology too. It doesn’t get much better than that.