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10 Best Used Cars That Get 40 MPG


With gas prices reaching all-time highs, you might be thinking a fuel-sipping used car is a way to go. Yes, electric cars use no gas, but electric vehicles are still quite expensive. However, used hybrids are an affordable compromise. In addition, if you’re shopping for a used car that’s good on gas, you’re probably looking for value too. Hybrids are affordable to buy and drive, thanks to their excellent fuel economy.

With that in mind, here are the 10 best-used cars you can find on Autotrader that get 40 mpg. Every car and SUV on this list has an EPA combined fuel economy rating of at least 40 mpg, and a few even cross the 50-mpg mark.

1. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt

2019 Chevrolet Volt
The Volt is a plug-in hybrid compact that achieves an excellent all-electric range of 53 miles.

 

Chevrolet discontinued the second-generation Chevrolet Volt after 2019, but many are available as used cars. The Volt is a plug-in hybrid compact that achieves an excellent all-electric range of 53 miles. Even when the electric battery drains and the gas engine kicks in, it’s an efficient hybrid with a combined 42 mpg rating. If you have a short commute or just need a car to get around town, you’ll be driving on electricity alone. As a result, you’ll rarely be filling the gas tank of a Chevy Volt. See 2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt models for sale

2. 2013-2018 Ford C-Max Hybrid

2018 Ford C-Max Front Left Side in White
The C-Max Hybrid is slightly more efficient in the city than on the highway.

The Ford C-Max was a hybrid hatchback based on the Ford Focus. It’s fun to drive for a hybrid and offers surprisingly roomy seating for a compact hatchback. It also has a higher level of interior refinement than you might expect. The C-Max Hybrid is slightly more efficient in the city than on the highway, with a 42 city/38 highway/40 combined mpg rating. You will find the best C-Max Hybrid fuel economy in the 2017 or 2018 model. See 2013-2018 Ford C-Max models for sale

3. 2018-2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Front Right Side in Tan
The Accord is super efficient in long-distance cruising, daily errand-running, and everything in between.

For anyone looking for a practical, modern, and efficient midsize sedan, a used Honda Accord Hybrid is a hard value to beat. Achieving 47 mpg both in the city and on the highway, the Accord is super efficient in long-distance cruising, daily errand-running, and everything in between. And if you can find a 2019 or 2020 model, combined fuel economy goes up to 48 mpg. If the up-front purchase price is essential to you, consider a sedan. Sedans are typically less expensive than trucks and SUVs. The Honda Accord is also roomy and stylish, further adding to its appeal. See 2018-2020 Honda Accord Hybrid models for sale

4. 2017-2019 Hyundai Ioniq

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Front Left Side in Black
The Hyundai Ioniq gets outstanding fuel economy of up to 57 city/59 highway/58 combined mpg.

The Hyundai Ioniq is an often-overlooked alternative to the Toyota Prius. Anyone who likes the idea of a hybrid hatchback should give the Ioniq a look. This affordable compact gets outstanding fuel economy of up to 57 city/59 highway/58 combined mpg. Those numbers can go down a little depending on which trim you go with, but even the less efficient version gets 55 combined mpg. See 2017-2019 Hyundai Ioniq models for sale

5. 2017-2019 Kia Niro

2019 Kia Niro EV Left Profile in Blue
The Niro benefits from a stylish look, good cargo space, and modern tech features.

Some call it a hatchback; some call it an SUV. Whatever you want to call it, the Kia Niro is an excellent choice in used hybrids. The Niro is another hybrid with varying fuel economy numbers depending on trim, with the most efficient getting 50 combined mpg and the least efficient getting 43. The Niro benefits from a stylish look, good cargo space, and modern tech features. See 2017-2019 Kia Niro models for sale

6. 2017-2020 Kia Optima Hybrid

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Front Left Side in Black
The 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid has a fuel economy rating of up to 40 city/45 highway/42 combined mpg.

You may not have known the hybrid variant of the Kia Optima even existed, but it’s a good, value-conscious choice in hybrid family sedans. The Optima Hybrid is one of the best-looking cars in its class, plus it has a great infotainment system. It achieves a fuel economy rating of up to 40 city/45 highway/42 combined mpg. What’s not to like? See 2017-2020 Kia Optima Hybrid models for sale

7. 2019-2020 Lexus UX 250h

2020 Lexus UX 250h Front Right Side in Orange
The 2020 Lexus UX 250h returns up to 42 combined mpg without sacrificing its SUV versatility.

The smallest hybrid Lexus SUV is also the most affordable and most efficient. It becomes an even better value on the used market after some depreciation. The UX 250h is small, stylish, and efficient. It returns up to 42 combined mpg without sacrificing its SUV versatility. And it lives up to its brand’s reputation of quality, reliability, and luxury. Lexus has many hybrids from which to choose if you’re looking for something a little bigger. Lexus also has an excellent certified preowned program. See 2019-2020 Lexus UX 250h models for sale

8. 2017-2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Front Left Side in Red
The MKZ Hybrid is smooth, quiet, and understated while transporting you and your passengers in comfort.

Lincoln recently discontinued the MKZ, but the hybrid variant of this midsize luxury sedan is an excellent value on the used market. The MKZ isn’t the sportiest car in its class, but it’s one of the most efficient, with a combined fuel economy rating of 41 mpg. The MKZ Hybrid is smooth, quiet, and understated while transporting you and your passengers in comfort. See 2017-2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid models for sale

9. 2016-2018 Toyota Prius

2018 Toyota Prius Front Left Side in Red
The combined fuel economy on the Toyota Prius is more than 50 miles per gallon.

You knew this one was coming. Regardless of your feelings about its unconventional aesthetic, the Toyota Prius is simply one of the most sensible used cars you can buy. It checks every box for practicality. It’s reliable, affordable, safe, and highly efficient. This iteration of the Prius returns stellar fuel economy of up to 58 city/53 highway/56 combined mpg. Consider Toyota’s Prius Prime if you have a little more money to spend. It’s a plug-in hybrid that allows you to drive for 25 miles on electricity alone. The combined fuel economy is more than 50 miles per gallon. Plug-in hybrids like the Prius Prime can be an excellent first step to see if owning an electric car is right for you. See 2016-2018 Toyota Prius models for sale

10. 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Front Left Side in Silver
The RAV4 Prime gets 38 mpg and has an electric-only range of about 40 miles.

The Toyota RAV4 is a class leader in compact SUVs for its roomy interior, generous standard features, and solid safety and reliability ratings. It gets even better if you upgrade to the hybrid version, which isn’t much more expensive than the regular RAV4. This versatile SUV achieves up to 40 combined mpg with standard AWD. Like the Prius, there’s also a “Prime” version of the Toyota RAV4. In Toyota terminology, “Prime” means plug-in hybrid. The RAV4 Prime gets 38 mpg and has an electric-only range of about 40 miles. Depending on how much you drive, you can get better than the estimated 38 mpg for the plug-in hybrid. See 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid models for sale

10 Best Used Cars That Get 40 MPG

  1. 2016-2019 Chevrolet Volt
  2. 2013-2018 Ford C-Max
  3. 2018-2020 Honda Accord Hybrid
  4. 2017-2019 Hyundai Ioniq
  5. 2017-2019 Kia Niro
  6. 2017-2020 Kia Optima Hybrid
  7. 2019-2020 Lexus UX 250h
  8. 2017-2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
  9. 2016-2018 Toyota Prius
  10. 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

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 about Eric Brandt

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  1. Thankyou Eric for giving me more ideas for which Brandt to buy. I will inform you that the Lincoln MKZ hybrid is slow to 60 mph However the LONG entrance ramp to the interstate means I will only have to accelerate from 30 to 70 which is the legal limit to get yourself killed in the 85 mph traffic flow.

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