Electric cars and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have been on the market for some time now, but it’s still fairly new technology. If you like the idea of an EV or a PHEV, but you’re not sure you would trust one without a manufacturer’s warranty, then a certified pre-owned green car could be right up your alley. It’s a great way to experience the electrified car life without paying the premium for a new one and without tossing the dice on one that’s out of warranty.
Luckily for environmentally conscious drivers or just anyone who wants to save on fuel, there are a lot of good green car bargains on the certified market right now. Here are six great plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles you can find on Autotrader for less than $25,000 in 2019.
2017-2019 Toyota Prius Prime
The Toyota Prius Prime which replaced the old Prius Plug-In is a completely different model than the conventional hybrid Prius. It has an edgier, more futuristic aesthetic and the really big difference is that it’s a plug-in hybrid. It has an all-electric range of 25 miles and an impressive total range of about 600 miles, which means that even when the electric battery dies, the Prius Prime is extremely efficient. This car is still pretty new, but the values are just starting to creep under the $25,000 mark making it a great green car value. Find a Toyota Prius Prime for sale
2018-2019 Nissan Leaf
The second-generation Nissan Leaf is another one that is just now starting to get below the $25k mark on the CPO market. This EV is a big upgrade over its predecessor with what we think is a much nicer look plus better electric range of 150 miles. It’s also available with the Nissan ProPilot Assist semi-autonomous driving tech and ePedal one-pedal driving making driving on the highway a breeze. Other perks include peppy acceleration, lively handling and impressive cargo space. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale
2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt
The Chevy Volt was the first mass-market plug-in hybrid electric vehicle and its second generation, which was introduced for 2016, make a good hybrid even better. It delivers very impressive electric range of 53 miles meaning it can cover a lot of ground without burning any gas compared to most of its PHEV competitors. We also like the Volt’s user-friendly infotainment system and quiet, nice-looking interior. The whole thing makes for what is simply one of the best CPO values on the market today. Find a Chevrolet Volt for sale
2014-2019 BMW i3
Available as either an EV or a PHEV assisted by a two-cylinder motorcycle engine, the BMW i3 is a quirky luxury hybrid that looks just as futuristic today as it did when it first came out. This subcompact hatchback is roomier on the inside than it might look making it a great city car. The electric range of the EV models varies depending on the model year with the 2014-2016 models getting 81 miles and the 2017 and newer models achieving 114 miles. The electric range is similar on the PHEV models, but don’t come with range anxiety thanks to the "range extender" gas engine. Find a BMW i3 for sale
2015-2019 Ford Fusion Energi
The Ford Fusion Energi is a great choice if you’re looking for an efficient plug-in hybrid disguised as a normal midsize sedan. It’s a great family car with a nice roomy interior and it can go up to 20 miles on electricity alone. Most CPO Fusion Energi models on the market are from model year 2015 and newer, which is nice since the backup camera became standard in 2015. If you find one from 2017 or newer you get a slightly revised exterior and the SYNC 3 infotainment system becomes available. Find a Ford Fusion energi for sale
2015-2019 Kia Soul EV
The Kia Soul is a great little crossover and its electric variant makes it even better. Not only does it achieve an electric range of 93 miles, but it comes standard with DC fast charging capable of charging 80 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes. That electric drivetrain combined with its space-efficiency boxy shape and agile handling thanks to its small footprint make for a good urban commuter that never burns gas. Adding to the car’s personality are some interior pieces made from sustainable materials like corn and sugarcane. Find a Kia Soul EV for sale