Hybrid cars are great for drivers looking to save fuel, but sometimes their extra cost over similar non-hybrid models can make the fuel savings a wash. Luckily, a lot of good deals on hybrids can be found on the certified pre-owned market, which means they’ve experienced some depreciation that makes them more affordable, but they still come with a manufacturer’s warranty giving you peace of mind.
This list does not include plug-in hybrids, which we’ll cover in a different list along with electric cars. Every vehicle on this list is a conventional hybrid meaning there’s no plugging in required. Here are six great CPO hybrids you can find on Autotrader for less than $25,000 in 2019.
2016-2019 Toyota Prius
The Toyota Prius is probably the least surprising car on this list, but it’s a model that is synonymous with hybrids for good reasons. The fourth-generation model that was introduced for 2016 brought amazing fuel economy numbers into the 50 miles per gallon range for both city and highway driving plus composed handling, a quiet cabin, and surprising interior space for a compact hatchback. It also has the excellent safety and reliability rankings you’d expect from Toyota, making it the complete package in hybrid cars. Find a Toyota Prius for sale
2014-2017 Lexus CT 200h
For a more luxurious and less aesthetically controversial alternative to the Prius, you can get the Lexus CT 200h, which is based on the third-gen Prius. Its fuel economy numbers fall short of its Toyota counterpart, but this Lexus hatchback still achieves 43 mpg city/40 mpg hwy. It has low running costs, a claim that many luxury cars can’t make, and it offers some nice standard equipment over the Prius like leatherette seating automatic headlights, dual-zone automatic climate control and more. Find a Lexus CT for sale
2013-2016 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
If you like the idea of a CPO hybrid luxury car, the Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is another good option. Most certified examples you find under $25,000 will be the pre-face-lift current-generation model. Based on the Ford Fusion, it offers a smooth ride and great hybrid fuel economy right around the 40 mpg mark both in the city and on the highway. Similar to the way the Lexus CT 200h is an upgrade over the Prius, the MKZ Hybrid gives you more standard equipment than a Fusion, making it a fuel-efficient luxury car bargain. Find a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for sale
2016-2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
We have yet another Toyota product on this list and that’s because Toyota has made a lot of strong hybrids with great safety and reliability scores that have become excellent deals on the CPO market. This RAV4 Hybrid gives you hybrid fuel economy, specifically 34 mpg city/31 mpg hwy, in a versatile compact SUV package. It has roomy seats, a big cargo area and good fuel economy, which makes it a great crossover for around town. It may not be much of a thrill from behind the wheel, but what it lacks in excitement is makes up for in practicality. Find a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for sale
2017-2019 Kia Niro
The Kia Niro is a relatively new entry in the hybrid game, but it has already become a good deal on the CPO market. This subcompact SUV achieves outstanding fuel economy numbers of up to 52 mpg city/49 mpg hwy, which is awfully close to Prius territory, but when you get into the high-end Touring trims fuel economy drops to 46 mpg city/40 mpg hwy. The Niro delivers brisk acceleration, making is surprisingly fun plus one of the best and most user-friendly infotainment systems in the business. Find a Kia Niro for sale
2017-2019 Ford Fusion Hybrid
The Ford Fusion Hybrid is a great way to drive an efficient hybrid under the radar. It has an upscale cabin and it has strong driving dynamics for a hybrid while returning impressive 43 mpg city/41 mpg hwy. The 2017 model year is when Ford’s great SYNC 3 infotainment system became available, which we recommend and shouldn’t be too hard to find at this price point. 2017 also introduced updated styling for the Fusion helping it to look more modern and no one will know you bought certified rather than new. Find a Ford Fusion Hybrid for sale