Let’s face it. In recent years, brand-new cars have just gotten too expensive for a massive portion of U.S. buyers. Since electrified models often carry significant premiums over standard models, being eco-friendly isn’t always friendly to your wallet. Thankfully, Consumer Reports just released its list of best used hybrid cars. As a result, you can save big on depreciation and at the pump.
According to Consumer Reports’ list, there are a few good options ranging from hatchbacks to luxury sedans. However, as you’ll soon notice, most of these contenders come from the same parent company.
The Toyota Prius dominates this Consumer Reports list
It won’t surprise you to learn that the Toyota Prius family dominates this Consumer Reports list of best used hybrid cars. These cars have been in production for decades and have solid reliability and resale value figures. If you’re looking at used examples, Consumer Reports recommends the Prius, Prius C, and Prius V. The benefit here is that you can choose between a few different body styles.
The cheapest Prius offering is the Prius C which should cost you between $12,625-$13,500 in the used market. Consumer Reports specifically recommends the 2016 model thanks to its incredible reliability ratings. Customers also reported consuming 50 mpg on average.
Next up in price is the normal Prius which should cost you around $16,050 in the used market. Again, Consumer Reports recommends the 2016 model thanks to its efficiency and reliability ratings. Owners reported consuming around 52 mpg on average.
Lastly, we’ve got the 2016 Prius V which should cost you around $16,200 in the used market. Aside from stellar reliability ratings, owners also reported consuming around 41 mpg on average.
The Toyota Camry is also a great pick
If you don’t want a hatchback, then Consumer Reports says you’ll want to look at the 2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid. Given a wide variety of options available for this model, you might have to pay anywhere between $14,850 to $19,075 for a good one. Like with the Prius, the Camry Hybrid received excellent reliability scores. However, this sedan does consume slightly more, about 27 mpg on average.
If you’re not a fan of Toyotas, Consumer Reports recommends looking at the 2016 Ford Fusion Hybrid. There are two main benefits to going with the Ford. This model is slightly cheaper for starters to buy used, ranging from $11,650 to $16,550. Secondly, you get slightly better consumption ratings at 27 mpg on average.
However, one major drawback of the Ford is that it isn’t quite as reliable on average as the Toyota. Additionally, it scored a poor owner satisfaction rating.
If you want a luxury car, Consumer Reports says to go with Lexus
If you’ve got a little extra cheddar to spend, Consumer Reports has two good luxury sedan options. The first is the 2016 Lexus ES which should cost you between $21,775 and $23,325. While the Lexus is more expensive than its Camry sibling, it still receives excellent reliability scores. On average, owners reported consuming around 24 mpg.
Lastly, we’ve got another good pick with the 2016 Lincoln MKZ. Despite being slightly cheaper than the Lexus at $16,550 to $22,050, the Lincoln still received a decent reliability score. In terms of efficiency, expect the MKZ to consume around 23 mpg on average.