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Gas prices and used car prices are at an all-time high, so it can be tough to shop for a car that can save you money upfront and at the pump. However, if you’re willing to think outside the box a little, you will be surprised to find that a few cars in the used market can give you what you’re looking for. Here are five used hybrid cars with affordable price tags that will save you money when it’s time to fill up.

1. 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid – Average Price: $8,518

The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid.
The 2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid. | Photographer: Kimimasa Mayama/Bloomberg

The Toyota Camry Hybrid offers a smooth ride and a spacious cabin with the added benefit of a hybrid powertrain. According to the EPA, you can expect up to 31 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. We’ll admit that’s not the best mileage for a hybrid car, but features like heated leather seats, Bluetooth, and navigation help make the cost of entry worth it. Speaking of cost, Kelley Blue Book reports that the average listing price for a 2011 Camry Hybrid is $8,518.

2. 2012 Toyota Prius – Average Price: $13,993

The 2012 Toyota Prius.

It’s only natural to have the Toyota Prius on this list. After all, it is the mileage champion. Although Toyota has changed the Prius in the past decade, the 2012 model still posts impressive fuel economy numbers.

The EPA states that it can get up to 49 mpg in the city and 46 mpg on the highway, which can easily go up to around 50 mpg depending on what kind of real-world driving you do. KBB notes, “Add in familiar Prius styling and features, Toyota reliability, and ease of service, and you have a recipe for a great commuter.”

3. 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid – Average price: $9,807

The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid at the LA Auto Show
The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid at the LA Auto Show. | Getty Images

The 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid boasts a lot of passenger and cargo volume that come in handy for your everyday errands. As you can guess, it achieves stellar fuel economy ratings as well, with an EPA estimate of 43 mpg in the city and 44 mpg on the highway. Best of all, you can currently find a 2013 Civic Hybrid for under $10,000 nationwide.

4. 2013 Honda CR-Z — $11,211

The 2013 Honda CR-Z coupe at the Canadian Auto Show.
The 2013 Honda CR-Z coupe at the Canadian Auto Show. | Rene Johnston/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The Honda CR-Z has also been an odd-ball hybrid car. Even when it was new, most buyers and critics alike didn’t know what to make of it. However, its main highlights were its two-seat configuration, spritely hybrid engine, and available six-speed manual transmission. We suggest getting the 2013 model for a cheaper price and for the most tech features for your buck.

5. 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid – Average Price: $9,400

The second-generation Ford Escape Hybrid
The second-generation Ford Escape Hybrid | Getty Images

If you need a little more off-road capability while saving fuel, then the 2012 Ford Escape Hybrid has you covered. In addition to a hybrid powertrain that can achieve up to 34 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway, the Escape Hybrid comes with Ford’s SYNC infotainment system, Bluetooth, and an iPod connection, in case you have one of those laying around.

Cheap hybrid cars that will save you money when refueling

Just because the cost of gas and used cars has shot up in the past year doesn’t mean you need to pay an arm and leg for them. If you look hard enough, plenty of deals can be had nationwide. These five cars are prime examples, so if you don’t know where to start, look them up. You may just score the deal of a lifetime.


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