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10 Best Used Cars That Get 40 MPG

If you’re shopping for a used car that’s good on gas, you’re probably looking for value. A used hybrid is a great way to get the most bang for your buck. Hybrids are both affordable to buy and affordable to drive thanks to their great fuel economy.

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 Front Right Side in Red

The second-generation Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid compact that achieves an excellent all-electric range of 53 miles. Even when the electric battery is drained 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 rarely be filling the gas tank of a Chevy Volt. Find a Chevrolet Volt for sale

2. 2013-2018 Ford C-Max

2018 Ford C-Max Front Left Side in White

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 is slightly more efficient in the city than it is on the highway with a 42 city/38 highway/40 combined mpg rating. Find a Ford C-Max for sale

3. 2018-2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

2018 Honda Accord Hybrid Front Right Side in Tan

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. It’s also roomy and stylish, further adding to its appeal. Find a Honda Accord Hybrid for sale

4. 2017-2019 Hyundai Ioniq

2019 Hyundai Ioniq Front Left Side in Black

The Hyundai Ioniq is an often-overlooked alternative to the Toyota Prius. Anyone who likes the idea of a hybrid hatchback should definitely 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. Find a Hyundai Ioniq for sale

5. 2017-2019 Kia Niro

2019 Kia Niro EV Left Profile in Blue

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. Find a Kia Niro for sale

6. 2017-2020 Kia Optima Hybrid

2019 Kia Optima Hybrid Front Left Side in Black

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 39 city/46 highway/42 combined mpg. What’s not to like? Find a Kia Optima Hybrid for sale

7. 2019-2020 Lexus UX 250h

2020 Lexus UX 250h Front Right Side in Orange

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. Find a Lexus UX 250h for sale

8. 2017-2020 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2018 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid Front Left Side in Red

The Lincoln MKZ was recently discontinued, but the hybrid variant of this midsize luxury sedan is a great value on the used market. This 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. Find a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for sale

9. 2016-2018 Toyota Prius

2018 Toyota Prius Front Left Side in Red

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 extremely efficient. This iteration of the Prius returns stellar fuel economy of up to 58 city/53 highway/56 combined mpg. Find a Toyota Prius for sale

10. 2019-2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

2020 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Front Left Side in Silver

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 that much more expensive than the regular RAV4. This is a versatile SUV that achieves fuel economy of up to 40 combined mpg, and that’s with standard AWD. Find a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid 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

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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 Metro as his only car for a year and regrets nothing.

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