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When it comes to fuel-efficient cars in 2023, modern hybrids lead the pack with economy figures in excess of 50 mpg combined. However, with the average price of a new car nearing $50,000, a gleaming new vehicle might not be in the cards for everyone. Fret not; late-model used hybrid vehicles like the 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue are much cheaper than recent models and still get industry-leading fuel economy.

Can you buy second-hand hybrid cars?

A red 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue sits in an empty car park.
2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue | Hyundai

Like any other style of car, consumers can buy used hybrid vehicles. Better yet, the average price of a three-year-old hybrid like the 2020 Toyota Prius L Eco could save you as much as $8,000 or more compared to a new model.

Make and modelFuel economy (mpg)Average value
2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue57 city, 59 highway, 58 combined$19,082
2020 Toyota Prius L Eco53 city, 58 highway, 56 combined$21,510
2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue53 city, 56 highway, 54 combined$19,921
2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE51 city, 53 highway, 52 combined$25,283
2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue50 city, 54 highway, 52 combined$22,156

The 2020 Hyundai Ioniq is one of the most efficient hybrid cars on the used market

With a wallet-friendly 58 mpg combined, the 2020 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue is one of the most efficient used hybrids available. Moreover, for fans who want the plug-in flavor, the Ioniq was offered as a conventional hybrid and plug-in hybrid (PHEV). However, the PHEV dropped fuel economy to 53 mpg city and 52 mpg highway. 

What is the mpg on a 2020 Prius L Eco?

A used hybrid 2020 Toyota Prius L Eco shows off its four-door car application and rear-end styling.
2020 Toyota Prius L Eco | Toyota

The 2020 Toyota Prius L Eco, the most affordable option in the Prius family, also gets the most commendable fuel economy. With 56 mpg combined, the Prius L Eco is one of the most efficient hybrids on the market for the 2020 model year.

Better yet, a 2020 Toyota Prius L Eco with average mileage has an average fair value of $21,510, per Kelley Blue Book (KBB). However, since the Prius L Eco is part of the fourth-generation lineup, it is a textbook example of unfortunate styling. Awkward lines, creases, and proportions rob the sensible hybrid of any allure. Still, the Prius L Eco’s fuel-efficient drive and affordability make it one of the best car bargains currently available. 

Which Hyundai hybrid gets the best mileage?

For 2023, the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue leads the marque’s hybrid options. Hyundai’s fuel-sipping compact sedan will manage as much as 54 mpg combined. Still, the Elantra Hybrid Blue starts at $25,665, around $1,500 more than a comparable 2023 Toyota Corolla Hybrid. 

However, a used 2020 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue has a fair value of around $19,921 with average mileage, a much more affordable proposition than a newer model. Moreover, even a 2020 model could have some of its standard 5-year, 60,000-mile warranty. 

How much should I pay for a 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid?

A 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid midsize car parks in an empty lot.
2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid | Toyota

A 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid in good condition with average mileage has an average used car value of about $25,283. Of course, the midsize Toyota hybrid car’s price will vary depending on factors like mileage, location, condition, and title status.

Still, with as much as 52 combined mpg, the Camry Hybrid is an efficient option for used car shoppers. A conventional inline-four-cylinder 2020 Toyota Camry is available, but the hybrid outstretches it by as much as 14 mpg at highway speeds. 

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue is a midsize sedan bargain among used hybrid cars


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Unsurprisingly, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Blue isn’t quite up to the same fuel economy standards as the smaller Elantra. However, the midsize hybrid sedan gets up to 52 mpg combined, enough to put it ahead of a comparable Honda Accord Hybrid, per TrueCar

Better yet, with an average value of $22,156, the Sonata Hybrid Blue is more affordable than rivals like the 2020 Toyota Camry Hybrid LE. 

Is it worth buying a used hybrid car now?

If you’re not in the market for a battery electric vehicle (BEV), a hybrid is the best way to maximize economy and reduce tailpipe emissions. Better yet, with price tags well under $25,000, a used hybrid could be your ticket to over 50 mpg on a budget.

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