The Best Used Luxury Cars for Fuel Efficiency

By Mike Richards Updated: 10/23/2018 Posted: 10/31/2017

Buying a used luxury car has many benefits, as does choosing to buy a used car that is fuel efficient. Choosing a more efficient vehicle allows you to save money on gasoline costs, reduce the negative environmental impact of driving, and lessen the need for foreign oil. The good news is that you can get a great used car that is fuel efficient and one that qualifies as a luxury vehicle. We’ll go over some of the best choices in this blog post.

2014-2016 Lexus CT 200H

This vehicle is one of the most fuel-efficient luxury cars available used. It is hybrid powered and compact with a combined fuel economy of a whopping 42 miles a gallon. The 2014 version brought along some updates regarding style, something that makes this car known for being good looking with a nice finish and comfortable interior. It has better handling than a Prius, but the performance isn’t going to put you at the top of the charts. That said, the car is pretty affordable and certainly adds to saving some change with the excellent fuel efficiency.

2015-2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

This is a midsized car and comes as a hybrid. It has excellent fuel efficiency with a combined rating of 40 miles per gallon. The style is unique, in that it has both retro and modern features and the interior is attractive. While it is not the most powerful car out there, it does the job well enough but is known for having a loud engine.  A 2015 model is often available for a great deal, while the 2016 will be quite a bit more expensive when looking at used cars.

2014-2015 Lexus ES 300H

This is another hybrid by Lexus, and it offers some great efficiency for a larger car with a combined fuel economy of about 40 miles per gallon. Toyota has had great luck with hybrids, and the ES 300H is no exception. It’s quiet and handles smoothly while carrying a modern style that many appreciate. That said, you’ll be shelling out quite a bit of cash for either model year unless you find an unbelievable deal.

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2014 Acura ILX Hybrid

This compact car has a combined fuel rating of 38 miles a gallon. It’s also known for having a good ride and reasonable handling, with power that is acceptable in the city but less impressive on the highway. The interior looks nice and used high-quality materials, but the interior headroom is pretty limited. You will find space elsewhere though. The hybrid system does take up quite a bit of the trunk, though, so consider that before buying.

2014 Cadillac ELR

This Cadillac is the only plug-in hybrid mentioned in this article, but it has an all-electric range of 37 miles and a combined fuel economy of 33 miles a gallon. The exterior is large, and the styling immediately screams Cadillac, as expected. The ride is good, but it’s not going to give you a sporty feeling. This car will likely be one of the most expensive on the list, but its features balance that out, at least to some degree.

2014-2015 Infiniti Q50 Hybrid

This compact vehicle has a fuel economy rating of 31 miles per gallon, which is less than the above cars but certainly better than the average luxury car. On top of that, the car is stylish and fun to drive. What sets it apart is that it gives you lots of power. Handling is exceptional, and the interior is reasonable, but otherwise, it’s pretty standard when compared to other similar cars.

Each of the mentioned six cars in this article will give you plenty of efficiency when it comes to fuel, and each offers a hybrid engine, which can be a perk for some. If fuel efficiency is of particular importance to you, you might want to consider one of them. Of course, they all have their own style and feature list, so you can further drill down into which is best for your needs. You may pay a little more for a used hybrid, but you’ll likely make that up when it comes to fuel and maintenance costs.