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8 Great Used Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Cars Under $10,000 for 2019

When electric and plug-in hybrid cars first started popping up on the market around the early 2010s, they weren’t cheap. Since it’s still pretty new technology, there’s still a price premium for electrified cars over conventional cars with government incentives helping to make up for that gap.

On the used market, however, PHEVs and EVs depreciate pretty quickly, making those tax breaks unneeded. Now that these green cars have been around for a while, here are seven great used plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles you can get for under $10,000 in 2019.

2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt

2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt

The first-generation Chevrolet Volt is significant for being one of the first mainstream plug-in hybrid cars to hit the market. It’s now been around long enough that depreciation has brought the values of many early examples below $10,000. The Volt has an all-electric range of 35 miles (it went up to 38 miles in 2013) before the gas engine kicks in. The great thing about the Volt is it gives you some of the advantages of an EV without any of the range anxiety thanks to its gas engine. Find a Chevrolet Volt for sale

2013-2019 Fiat 500e

2013-2019 Fiat 500e

The Fiat 500e delivers the charm of the little Italian city car without burning any gas. The 500e might be hard to find depending on where you live since it has only ever been sold in California and Oregon, but since it’s been on the market since 2013, they’ve managed to spread out a bit across the U.S. It has an electric range of 87 miles making it good for around town, but it’s not all that useful as a highway cruiser. Find a Fiat 500e for sale

2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

2012-2017 Mitsubishi i-MiEV

The acronym i-MiEV stands for "Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle" (don’t ask us why the "i" is lower-case) and it was one of the first mass-produced all-electric cars ever. It might look weird and have a weird name, but the i-MiEV deserves some credit for bringing electric cars to the masses. Its electric range is only 62 miles which, like the 500e, makes it good for around town and not much else. Its strongest suit is its affordable price on the used market. Find a Mitsubishi i-MiEV for sale

2013-2017 Ford C-Max Energi

2013-2017 Ford C-Max Energi

The Ford C-Max Energi uses a platform shared by several compact Fords, which means it’s basically a plug-in hybrid version of a Ford Focus hatchback. That means it shares a lot of the virtues of the Focus, like a nice interior for an affordable compact and agile handling. This PHEV is good for 20 miles of all-electric range before the gas engine starts doing the work. Much like the Chevy Volt, you don’t need to worry about range anxiety with the C-Max. Find a Ford C-MAX Energi

2013-2016 Chevrolet Spark EV

2013-2016 Chevrolet Spark EV

Before Chevy came out with the Bolt EV, its all-electric offering was the Spark EV. Like the Fiat 500e, the Spark EV was only available in California and Oregon when it first launched, but it was also sold in Maryland starting in 2015, making it a little easier to find on the east coast than the Fiat. The EPA rated the Spark at 82 miles of electric range, which isn’t even close to the range of the Bolt that replaced it, but the Spark EV is also a lot more affordable on the used market than the Bolt. Find a Chevrolet Spark EV for sale

2011-2017 Nissan Leaf

2011-2017 Nissan Leaf

The Mitsubishi i-MiEV might have beaten the Nissan Leaf to market, but the Leaf is the car that started to make EVs more mainstream in the U.S. The official range of the Leaf changed quite a bit throughout the life of the car’s first generation. In 2011-2012, it was 73 miles and it improved slightly to 75 miles for 2013. That went up to 84 miles for 2014-2015 and for the 2016 model year, Nissan offered a bigger battery, which finally hit a triple-digit range of 107 miles. The great thing about the Leaf is that it was available all over the U.S., making it quite easy to find on the used market no matter where you are in the country. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

2009-2012 smart fortwo Electric Drive

2009-2012 smart fortwo Electric Drive

The smart fortwo Electric Drive is a bit of an oddity and it isn’t a very common car. Along with limited availability across the U.S., the electric smart was used for a car-sharing service called Car2Go in San Diego. If you happen to live in San Diego, you’ve probably seen these things driving around. If you’d rather own one than rent one, they can be had at pretty affordable prices on the used market. The car’s official range is 63 miles. Find a smart fortwo for sale

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In

You probably think of the Toyota Prius as being a conventional hybrid, but did you know there’s also a plug-in hybrid variant? The PHEV Prius has been available since the car’s third generation and early examples have become great used car deals. You can only go 11 miles on electricity alone, but even with a dead EV battery, it gets the excellent fuel economy you’d expect from a Prius. Find a Toyota Prius for sale

Eric Brandt
Eric Brandt is an author specializing in Oversteer content, new car reviews, and finding the best car, truck, and SUV deals each month. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Eric can often be found exploring the north woods on his 1983 Honda Gold Wing when the weather allows it. Father of four, husband of one, and unapologetic minivan enthusiast. Eric mastered driving stick by having a 3-cylinder Chevy... Read More

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