Normally, one of the downsides of driving an SUV is worse fuel economy than a smaller car. If you want SUV utility and versatility, you need to sacrifice a few MPGs. However, that penalty can be mitigated by hybrids combining the practicality you love about SUVs with great fuel economy giving you the best of both worlds.
Here are six great used hybrid SUVs you can find on Autotrader for under $20,000 in 2019.
2017-2019 Kia Niro
The Kia Niro made a bit of a splash when it debuted in 2017 as an affordable subcompact crossover SUV that gets outstanding fuel economy. At its best, the Niro achieves 52 miles per gallon in the city and 49 mpg on the highway, which makes it the most efficient vehicle on this list. The Niro is also surprisingly fun behind the wheel with quick acceleration and it’s pretty roomy on the inside. Another big perk of this Kia is the UVO infotainment system, which is one of the best in the business. Find a Kia Niro for sale
2016-2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
A used Toyota RAV4 is already an excellent buy for an affordable, practical, reliable SUV and it’s arguably an even better buy when you opt for the frugal hybrid option. The RAV4 Hybrid returns 34 mpg city/31 mpg hwy, which is a small improvement over the conventional RAV4 in highway fuel economy, but a big improvement in the city. If you do a lot of city driving, going with the hybrid model could save you a bundle in fuel costs. The virtues of the RAV4 Hybrid include a roomy interior, great safety scores and standard all-wheel drive. Find a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid for sale
2010-2015 Lexus RX 450h
If you’re looking for luxury on a budget and want to save some fuel while you’re at it, the Lexus RX 450h is a great way to efficiently roll in style and comfort. The model that ran from 2010-2015 is in the sweet spot of value right now, giving you a ton of bang for your buck under the $20,000 mark. This crossover is safe and reliable as you’d expect from a Lexus and it returns very respectable fuel economy of 32 mpg city/28 mpg hwy. This Lexus glides down the road smoothly and quietly, making it a pleasure for you and your passengers. Find a Lexus RX 450h for sale
2008-2013 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Need a few extra seats in your hybrid SUV? The Toyota Highlander Hybrid has three rows of seats, which normally means your fuel economy isn’t great. However, this generation of the Highlander Hybrid gets 28 mpg both in the city and on the highway, which is awesome for an SUV this size. Predictably, this Toyota has great safety and reliability scores meaning it’s an efficient SUV you can count on as solid family transportation. It also offers ample power for a hybrid and standard AWD, which makes it the total package in hybrid SUVs. Find a Toyota Highlander Hybrid for sale
2014-2016 Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid
The Subaru XV Crosstrek (later simply named Crosstrek starting in 2016) may be little more than an Impreza on stilts, but that’s certainly not a bad thing. This quirky little crossover was available for a few years as a conventional hybrid that got 30 mpg city/34 mpg hwy. In classic Subaru fashion, AWD is standard on every trim and it’s actually a pretty strong little off-roader. This Subaru also came generously equipped with standard technology like a 6.2-in infotainment system with Bluetooth, heated front seats, a rearview camera, lane change assist and blind spot monitoring. That’s a lot of standard kit for a used SUV under $20,000. Find a Subaru XV Crosstrek Hybrid for sale
2014-2017 Infiniti QX60 Hybrid
A hybrid luxury SUV that might be easy to forget about is the Infiniti QX60 Hybrid. Based on the Nissan Pathfinder, this 3-row SUV is similar to the Highlander Hybrid mentioned above in performance and fuel economy getting 26 mpg city/28 mpg hwy and delivering 250 horsepower. The QX60 has the advantage of having some of the most adult-friendly third-row seats in its class making it a luxurious minivan alternative. It also benefits from a user-friendly infotainment system and a smooth ride all adding up to a comfortable family hauler that’s good on gas. This Infiniti is a good reminder that Lexus isn’t the only name in good luxury hybrids. Find a Infiniti QX60 Hybrid for sale