Hybrid cars have been on the market long enough that some of them have gotten very affordable on the used market. If you think you need a big budget to afford a fuel-sipping hybrid, think again. There are some desirable hybrid models that can be had right now for less than you might think.
Here are five good used hybrids under $5,000 for 2019. You’re about to see a lot of Toyotas on this list since the Japanese brand has been an industry leader in hybrid technology ever since the first Prius came to the U.S. in the early 2000s. Since Toyota has built and sold more hybrids than anyone else, they’ve become quite abundant on the used market.
2004-2009 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius was one of the first names in hybrids and its second generation has become very affordable and abundant on the used market. You can easily find one for less than $5,000 and they still return extremely respectable fuel economy numbers of up to 48 miles per gallon in the city and 45 mpg on the highway. Not only does this Prius return superb fuel economy, but it has a roomy interior and a big cargo area for a compact hatchback. It may not be the fastest or the prettiest car, but it’s certainly one of the most practical, especially at this price point. Find a Toyota Prius for sale
2005-2007 Ford Escape Hybrid
The Ford Escape Hybrid is one of the earliest examples of a hybrid SUV. This compact SUV is comfortable and spacious thanks to its space-efficient design and it’s great on gas returning 30 mpg city/28 mpg hwy, which is significantly more efficient than the non-hybrid Escape. If you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, the Escape’s mechanical twin the Mercury Mariner also had a hybrid variant with a more refined look and a nicer interior. These SUVs were also available with all-wheel drive adding to their versatility without sacrificing very much fuel economy. Find a Ford Escape Hybrid for sale
2007-2011 Toyota Camry Hybrid
If you like the idea of a Prius, but would rather have a midsize sedan with a little more guts under the hood, then you’ll probably like the Toyota Camry Hybrid. This generation of the Camry Hybrid has a roomy, comfortable interior and offered a nice fuel economy bump over the regular Camry, returning 31 mpg city/35 mpg hwy. It also packed 147 horsepower, which we wouldn’t call muscular, but it was enough to give it strong performance by hybrid standards of the time. If you want hybrid efficiency, but don’t want to get bored behind the wheel, this Camry is a well-balanced hybrid. Find a Toyota Camry Hybrid for sale
2006-2011 Honda Civic Hybrid
The Honda Civic is already an efficient compact car and it becomes even more efficient in hybrid form. This generation of the Civic Hybrid returned excellent fuel economy numbers of 40 mpg city/43 mpg hwy, making it a great city car or a highway commuter. Early examples of this Civic are now more than a decade old, but we think the styling of this Honda is aging well inside and out, especially with its quality interior that set a new standard for compact cars in its day. If you’re looking for an affordable, practical used car, a Civic Hybrid is one of your best options in used hybrids. Find a Honda Civic Hybrid for sale
2006-2007 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
The original Toyota Highlander Hybrid was one of the first hybrid crossovers with an optional third row of seating, making it an efficient family hauler. Granted, that optional third row is a little cramped for adults, but the Highlander is plenty roomy for up to five passengers and that third row can be nice to have in a pinch. Other virtues of this Highlander Hybrid include fuel economy of up to 32 mpg city/27 mpg hwy, a quiet cabin and strong hybrid performance with more than 200 hp. The Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an affordable hybrid for the whole family. Find a Toyota Highlander Hybrid for sale