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When it comes to getting a hybrid car, price is usually the biggest factor that keeps consumers from considering buying these fuel-sipping vehicles. While many new hybrid cars offer incredible fuel economy compared to their fully gas-powered counterparts, they can be so much more expensive that even with the fuel savings, getting one can be tough to justify.

Kelley Blue Book recently compiled a list of the best hybrid cars you can buy used today for under $15,000. These hybrids give all the perks of hybrid ownership without having to pay the high amount of a new hybrid. Here are some of the best used hybrid cars under $15,000, according to KBB.

2014 Toyota Prius

It should be no surprise to find a Toyota Prius at the top of this Kelley Blue Book list – while it may be a few years old, the 2014 Toyota Prius is an excellent hybrid vehicle that is bound to last a lifetime. The 2014 Prius is a roomy hatchback that seats five passengers comfortably and gets incredible fuel economy, reaching 49 mpg city/46 mpg highway. This gives the 2014 Prius a total range of 571 miles on a full tank of gas.

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

With Toyota consistently producing long-lasting cars with incredible fuel economy, it is no surprise to see another Toyota at the top of this list, this time, with the 2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid. The Camry Hybrid is a good option for Prius-adjacent fuel economy with a more attractive full-size sedan body style. The Toyota Camry Hybrid offers 42 mpg city/38 mpg highway, and because the Toyota Camry has a large fuel tank, it has a range of 680 miles on a full tank of gas.

2015 Honda Civic Hybrid

The Honda Civic has been at the top of its class in fuel economy since its introduction in July 1972 for the American market, and the modern-era Honda Civic Hybrid carries on that tradition. The 2015 Honda Civic Hybrid gets 43 mpg city/45 mpg highway, and with its fuel tank capacity, the model gets a possible range of 581 miles on a full tank of fuel.

2013 Chevrolet Volt

The 2013 Chevy Volt, one of the used hybrids under $15,000
2013 Chevy Volt | David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Volt entered the American market as one of the first plug-in hybrid vehicles, and instantly became a favorite across the country due to its ability to run short distances on battery power only, and for consumers who use solar power for their home and charging system, this could equate to the Chevy Volt running completely on solar power, which is virtually free. The Chevy Volt gets 98 MPGe for the first 38 miles of full-battery electric drive, and once the battery is depleted, the Volt gets 37 mpg combined. Due to the Chevy Volt’s small gas tank, it gets 380 miles of range.

2013 Prius V

The Prius V is essentially a larger Prius. With that in mind, the 2013 Prius V is an option for consumers who want the efficiency of a typical Prius but need a larger passenger and cargo space. Due to the larger interior, the Prius V gets slightly lower fuel economy compared to the regular Prius at 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway and gets around 488 miles on a full tank.

Is a hybrid worth choosing now?

With car prices through the roof currently, it may be better to hold off and wait for a hybrid purchase. Every year, we see hybrid technologies getting easier to produce and cheaper to engineer and manufacture. This may lead to lower-priced hybrid cars in the future, and in turn, cheaper used hybrids. If you are someone who needs a new hybrid as soon as possible, any of these options could work.


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