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8 Great Used Plug-In Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Under $15,000 for 2019

Electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) are now abundant enough that they’re becoming easier to find on the used market. While still nowhere near as mainstream as conventional, gas-powered cars, vehicles that can run on electricity alone are getting more affordable for more drivers. This is great news for any drivers who are environmentally conscious or just want to save money on gas.

Here are eight of our favorite PHEVs and EVs that you can find on Autotrader for less than $15,000 in 2019.

2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt

2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt

Used examples of the second-generation Chevrolet Volt PHEV are just now starting to creep under the $15,000 mark on the used market. The second generation, which started with the 2016 model year, have an impressive all-electric range of 53 miles, a nice improvement over the first-generation’s 38 miles. It’s rated at 106 MPGe meaning that regardless of how much juice is in the battery, the second-gen Volt is a very efficient hybrid. Find a Chevrolet Volt for sale

2016-2017 Nissan Leaf

2016-2017 Nissan Leaf

The second-gen Nissan Leaf, which just came out for the 2018 model year, is still too new to be found used for less than $15k, but there’s an abundance of first-generation examples of this EV at affordable prices. At this price level, we would recommend a 2016 or newer Leaf, which is equipped with a bigger battery than previous years giving it a range of 107 miles. A low-mile Leaf SL with luxurious features like leather seats, navigation and Bose premium audio make it a good buy. Find a Nissan Leaf for sale

2014-2015 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

2014-2015 Honda Accord Plug-In Hybrid

The conventional hybrid version of the Honda Accord has been around for a while now, but did you know there was a plug-in hybrid variant? The Honda Accord PHEV only ran from model years 2014-2015 and if you can find one, they’re a strong value today. It’s only rated for 13 miles of all-electric range, but it scores an impressive MPGe rating of 115. It also has a combined system output of 196 horsepower making it more powerful than most of its competitors. Find a Honda Accord for sale

2015-2018 Volkswagen e-Golf

2015-2018 Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen e-Golf is an all-electric hatchback that delivers the fun driving character of the regular Golf, but without burning any gas. The all-electric range for early examples of the e-Golf is 83 miles, which was improved pretty significantly to 125 miles starting with the 2017 model year. You probably won’t find any 2017 models for less than $15,000, but the earlier ones are good electric vehicles that have the benefit of looking like a regular car. Find a Volkswagen e-Golf for sale

2011-2018 Ford Focus Electric

2011-2018 Ford Focus Electric

Speaking of EVs that look like normal cars, the untrained eye won’t even notice that the Ford Focus Electric is electric. It has a different face from the standard Focus hatchback, but it retains most of the aesthetics of the gas-powered Focus, which we think is a good thing. Low-mile examples are fairly easy to find on the used market for less than $15,000, but early models from the years 2011-2016 had a range of only 76 miles. That range was improved to 115 miles for 2017. Find a Ford Focus Electric for sale

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In

The majority of Toyota Prius models you see on the road are conventional hybrids, but there has been a plug-in variant ever since the third-generation Prius. Today we know it as the Prius Prime, but the earlier versions of the Prius Plug-In have become used car bargains. You won’t get very far on electricity alone with the EPA rating its battery at 11 miles on blended electric/gas operation and only six miles in all-electric operation. After the battery dies, fuel economy is similar to that of a regular Prius, which is well over 50 miles per gallon. Find a Toyota Prius for sale

2012-2015 Toyota Prius Plug-In

2013-2019 Ford Fusion Energi

In the same vein as the Ford Focus Electric, the Ford Fusion Energi is a green car that’s perfectly disguised as a regular car. "Energi" is Ford’s name for its PHEV models and this plug-in sedan can achieve about 20 miles on electricity alone and is rated at 88 MPGe. The Fusion Energi is a perfect family sedan for flying under the radar as one of the more subtle cars on our list that also delivers all the virtues of the second-generation Fusion like a roomy interior and handsome styling. Find a Ford Fusion energi for sale

2014-2019 BMW i3

2014-2019 BMW i3

On the opposite end of the subtlety spectrum, we have the BMW i3 electric hatchback, which you might be surprised to see on a list of cars under $15,000. While a new example carries a staggering starting price of $44,450, these EVs drop like a rock in depreciation, meaning if you look around enough, you can find one for under the $15k mark. These cars are available as either all-electric or as plug-in hybrids. For the 2014-2016 models, the EV has a range of 81 miles and the PHEV gets an MPGe rating of 117. The i3 is agile and fun to drive, it’s roomier than it looks, and it certainly stands out in traffic. Find a BMW i3 for sale

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