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10 Best Used Hybrids Under $10,000

Hybrid cars and SUVs have now been around long enough that they aren’t hard to find at affordable prices on the used market. If you think a Prius is your only option for a cheap used hybrid, you may be pleasantly surprised by the variety on this list.

Here are 10 of the best used hybrid cars you can find on Autotrader under $10,000.

1. 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid

2011 Ford Escape Hybrid
Find the 2011 Ford Escape Hyrbid for under $10,000.

The Ford Escape Hybrid recently returned after a long hiatus. The original Escape Hybrid presents a good value in hybrid compact SUVs at an affordable price. The driving experience isn’t that different from the regular Escape, but the hybrid model has much better fuel economy rated at 30 city/27 highway mpg, plus it has standard AWD. See 2011 Ford Escape Hybrid models for sale

2. 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid

2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid
Find the 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid for under $10,000.

The Ford Fusion Hybrid has all of the perks of a practical midsize sedan with the bonus of hybrid efficiency. It gets 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway fuel economy, and it’s more potent than you might expect for a hybrid. The roomy interior is full of tech features that still feel pretty modern by today’s standards. See 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid models for sale

3. 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid

2012 Honda Civic Hybrid
Find the 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid for under $10,000.

The final generation of the Honda Civic Hybrid is a good value for drivers looking for a good deal on an efficient compact car. It returns 44 mpg both in the city and on the highway. It has the comfortable ride of a bigger car, and the interior is surprisingly spacious for its size. See 2012 Honda Civic Hybrid models for sale

4. 2012 Honda Insight

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Find the 2012 Honda Insight for under $10,000.

The second iteration of the Honda Insight was a direct competitor to the popular Toyota Prius. This hybrid hatchback gets 41 city/44 highway mpg, but it’s a bit pokey with only 98 horsepower. However, the steering is pretty agile, and the hatchback body makes for pretty good cargo space adding to its practicality. See 2012 Honda Insight models for sale

5. 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid front left in silver
Find the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid for under $10,000.

You may not have known this car existed, but the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid has been around for a while now. It first came out in 2011, which means used examples are getting pretty affordable. The hybrid Sonata has a surprising fun-to-drive factor, and it’s rated at 34 city/39 highway mpg. It also earned excellent safety scores when new, making it suitable for families. See 2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid models for sale

6. 2008 Lexus RX 400h

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Find the 2008 Lexus RX 400 for under $10,000.

The hybrid version of the Lexus RX is a classy yet affordable choice in used hybrids. This midsize SUV has generous space for passengers and cargo, a super comfortable ride, and plenty of premium features. The hybrid RX 400h gets up to 27 city/24 highway mpg. That might not sound that great, but it’s 25 percent more efficient than the regular RX. See 2008 Lexus RX Hybrid models for sale

7. 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid
Find the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid for under $10,000.

The Lincoln MKZ Hybrid is little more than a luxury version of the Ford Fusion Hybrid, but that’s not a bad thing. Both sedans are roomy, efficient, and comfortable, but the Lincoln has more premium features and materials, plus a more upscale appearance. This hybrid luxury car was only around for two years, so it can be a bit hard to find. See 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid models for sale

8. 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid

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Find the 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid for under $10,000.

The Toyota Camry is a favorite in midsize family sedans for its safety and practicality. The hybrid model has less trunk space, but it drives about the same as the non-hybrid Camry. The Camry Hybrid is an efficient and agreeable family sedan with a 33 city/34 highway mpg fuel economy rating. See 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid models for sale

9. 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid

2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Find the 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid for under $10,000.

A used Toyota Highlander Hybrid is an affordable hybrid SUV with available 3-row seating. It has standard AWD, 209 horsepower, and a 27 city/25 highway mpg fuel economy rating. That makes it quite a bit more fuel-efficient than a non-hybrid Highlander. The hybrid powertrain is so smooth and quiet you might forget that it’s there. See 2008 Toyota Highlander Hybrid models for sale

10. 2010 Toyota Prius

2010 Toyota Prius Front Left Side in Red
Find the 2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid for under $10,000.

The Toyota Prius is the most common hybrid car on the road for a good reason. The styling isn’t for everyone, but its practicality is unquestionable. It’s safe, reliable, and quite roomy for a compact hatchback. The real selling point is efficiency. The 2010 model is rated at 51 city/48 highway mpg, making it the most efficient car on this list. See 2010 Toyota Prius models for sale

Brian Moody
Brian Moody
Brian Moody is an author specializing in transportation, automotive, electric cars, future vehicles as well as new, used, and certified pre-owned advice. He also specializes in liking ridiculous cars like the Buick Reatta, Studebaker Lark, and the GM A-Body wagons from the late 80s and mid-90s. Why? You'd have to ask him. Brian graduated from Cal State Long Beach and has been creating written... Read More about Brian Moody

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