3 Best Used Hybrid Cars That Aren’t a Prius, According to Consumer Reports

Gas prices are high right now due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, and getting a hybrid car can be an excellent way to save money at the pump. Currently, there are plenty of good, used hybrids, and many of them are only five years old, which means that they’re relatively new and will have some neat features on them. Here’s a look at three of the best used hybrid cars that aren’t a Prius.

2017 Ford C-MAX

A Ford C-MAX Energi plug-in hybrid model displayed at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Detroit
Ford C-MAX Energi | Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

According to Consumer Reports, the Ford C-MAX is a great hybrid option for folks who don’t want to buy a Toyota Prius. Although Ford discontinued the C-MAX for the 2018 model year, the car is still a practical, fuel-efficient multi-purpose vehicle (MPV). Currently, a used 2017 C-MAX can start at about $15,000. However, Ford also sold a PHEV version of the car, called the Energi, that will cost a few thousand dollars more.

The C-MAX gets about 42 mpg overall, but if you can get the PHEV version, it’ll have 18 miles of battery-only range. That fuel economy number is worse than what the Prius could do at the time, but the C-MAX was a quieter car that was funner to drive. It was also spacious inside despite being a compact model. However, if you choose to buy the PHEV version, its cargo capacity will be lower.

This Ford hybrid was also very reliable, as it had a 5 out of 5 on its reliability score. Owners were also satisfied with their purchase, as its owner satisfaction score was a 4 out of 5.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

If you don’t want a Toyota Prius but want the Prius’ fuel economy, then the Hyundai Ioniq can be a good option. According to Consumer Reports, with an overall fuel economy of 51 mpg, the Ioniq is tied with the Prius on that front. Additionally, a used 2017 Ioniq might start at about $16,000, making it an affordable option.

However, while the Ioniq did fine on its road test, its reliability and owner satisfaction scores weren’t that high. It has a 3 out of 5 for reliability and a 2 out of 5 for its owner satisfaction score. In terms of the car’s comfort and driving experience, it’s also a mixed bag. Consumer Reports said that the Hyundai has a good amount of space in the front seats, but the rear seats have a “snug” amount of space. 

The Ioniq has good cargo capacity, but its driving dynamics weren’t very good. It takes a while for this Hyundai hybrid to come to a complete stop, and its handling was described as “mundane” by Consumer Reports.

2017 Kia Niro

The Kia Niro is another excellent, used hybrid option for folks who don’t want a Toyota Prius. A used 2017 Niro will be a bit more expensive than the Ioniq and the C-MAX, starting at about $18,000. The Niro’s overall fuel economy of 46 mpg makes it better than the C-MAX but worse than a comparable Prius or Ioniq. 

In terms of its tests, the Niro did well on its road test, and owners seemed satisfied with the car. The Niro had an owner satisfaction rating of 4 out of 5, but its reliability rating was more mediocre. Consumer Reports only gave the Niro a reliability rating of 3 out of 5. Another great thing about the Niro is that it had a good amount of cargo capacity. That said, just like other similar hybrids, it wasn’t an enjoyable car to drive.

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