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The Top 5 Hybrid Vehicles to Buy Used

By Mike Richards Updated: 04/08/2019 Posted: 04/05/2019

Between 1999 and April 2016, 4.3 million hybrid vehicles were sold in the US. The United States comes second to Japan when it comes to the market of hybrid cars. This represents 36% of the 11 million hybrid vehicles sold worldwide during the period under review. Buyers of used hybrid cars today have a better chance of getting the best in the market as competition grows between manufacturers.

1) 2016 Toyota Prius V

The 2016 Toyota Prius V is a carryover from the 2015 model. Compared to the standard 2015 Prius, this car offers a larger interior and more generous cargo space. This car is available in four trims: Two, Three, Four and Five. The standard features in the basic Two model include heated mirrors, a rearview camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control, keyless ignition, and entry. It also comes with a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver seat, 60-40-split  slide and reclining rear seats, cruise control, Bluetooth audio, and phone connectivity, and a 6.1inch touch screen.

Trim Three has some additional features. These include power lumbar support in the driver seat, a navigation system, smartphone app integration, a fold-down rear center armrest, a multi-information display, and a satellite and HD radio. Prius V Four has heated front seats, leatherette upholstery, auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an eight-way power driver seat. The Five model has fog lights, automatic LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, lane departure warning. It also has a pre-collision safety system, adaptive cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic high beam headlight control, and Toyota’s Safety Connect system.

This car has a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that has two electric motors and a battery pack. It discharges a combined 134 horsepower. The front wheels receive power through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). It takes 10.3 seconds to accelerate from 0-60 mph. This car has an MPG of 44 city and 40 highway. Safety features in this model include stability and traction control, driver knee airbag, and antilock disc brakes.

2) 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid Base

Honda paused the production of the Honda Accord hybrid in 2015 because it was shifted to Japan. The 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid received an upgrade that made the car more appealing. The power generated increased by 16hp to 212 horsepower with slightly better fuel efficiency. It has a combined MPG OF 48. The battery pack of this model is also smaller, but this does not affect the performance of the car.

Other features of this car include a 2.0-liter I-4 engine, 4-wheel antilock brakes, 2-speed CVT transmission with overdrive, airbag occupancy sensor, cruise control, VSA electronic stability, side seat mounted airbags, distance pacing, automatic air conditioning, and 17-inch aluminum wheels.

This model comes in three trims: base, EX-L, and Touring. The standard features in the base trim include automatic headlights, keyless ignition and entry, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED tail lights, climate control, a 7.7-inch infotainment display, Bluetooth, active noise cancellation, and a rearview camera.

The EX-L comes fitted with an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a sunroof, heated front seats, leather upholstery, a 7-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration system, satellite and HD radio, USB port, and driver memory settings.

The Touring comes with all the features in the other trims with the addition of high-beam control LED headlights, heated rear seats, a navigation system, and front and rear parking sensors.

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3) 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid

The 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid comes in three trim levels: LE, sporty SE, and XLE. LE is the base trim. It has automatic headlights, rearview camera, cruise control, keyless ignition and entry, dual-zone automatic climate control, 16-inch steel wheels, 6.1-inch touch screen display, an auxiliary audio jack, and a USB port.

The sporty SE has 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, sport fabric seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and a rear spoiler. The XLE includes the LE features including LED running lights, leather upholstery, heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, wireless smartphone charging system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, a 7-inch touch screen, and a smartphone-based navigation system.

This car has a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that together with an electric motor cranks out 200 horsepower. The front wheels receive this power through a continuous variable transmission (CVT). It takes 7.7 seconds to accelerate this car from 0-60mph.  The combined MPG of the hybrid LE is 40 while that of XLE is 38. The difference is likely due to the increased rolling resistance of the larger wheels on the XLE. There is also an Eco mode that can be selected by drivers. This mode optimizes the accelerator and air conditioning response to improve fuel economy. The EV mode allows the Camry to cover 1.6 miles using the electric motor alone.

4) 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

The 2014 Toyota Avalon Hybrid is a full-size sedan that offers excellent fuel economy for a car its size. It returns 40 mpg combined. It comes fitted with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an electric motor. The two power units produce 200 horsepower. It takes approximately 7.7 seconds to accelerate from zero to 60 mph. The gas tank holds 17 gallons of fuel. This car covers a range of 700 miles before it needs a refill.

This car has three trim levels: XLE Premium, XLE Touring, and Limited. The XLE premium is the base trim. Some of the standard features include a sunroof, heated mirrors, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual zone climate control, automatic headlights, cruise control, leather upholstery, keyless ignition and entry, heated front seats, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth, and a 6.1-inch touch screen display.

The additional features in the XLE Touring include fog lights, a navigation system, driver seat and side mirror memory functions, and Toyota’s Entune smartphone app integration system. The Limited trim level has all these features with the inclusion of xenon headlights, rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming side mirrors, rear cross traffic alerts, blind-spot monitoring, heated rear seats, rear power shade, and tri-zone automatic climate control.

5) 2017 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Ford Fusion Hybrid is one of the most stylish hybrid midsize sedans. The 2017 model saw several changes on the grille, headlights, and lower fascia. The interior and technology available in this car are quite impressive. For example, the Sync 3 infotainment system replaces the MyFord Touch in this model. It has an attractive and user-friendly interface that responds faster to commands. The Sync system also has an emergency crash notification that can be paired with a compatible cell phone which automatically dials 911 in case of an accident. Ford’s MyKey feature is excellent for setting limits for secondary drivers such as teens or valets.

This vehicle has four trim levels: S, SE, Titanium, and Platinum. S is the base trim. Some of the features include automatic headlights, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, and a height adjustable driver seat. The SE comes with all these features with the addition of LED accent lights, rear air vents, a six-way power passenger seat, satellite radio, and exterior keypad entry. Titanium has sport front seat, eight-way power adjustment passenger seats, and an upgraded Sony 12-speaker audio system.

All the trims come fitted with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that cranks out 188 horsepower. They have an MPG of 43 city and 41 highway.

These are some of the best used hybrid cars available in the market. There are many more, and as manufacturers continue producing them, there will undoubtedly be many more models available for used hybrid car buyers.

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