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USED CARS: 10 Hybrid Sedans under $20k

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MKZIn the interest of environmental responsibility I have recently undertaken the search for an affordable alternative fuel powered sedan. By affordable I mean a late model (between 2010 and 2015) sedan for under $20k. Zero emissions sounds great but full-electric vehicles lack the mileage range that I desire, so that option is out. Hydrogen powered vehicles are certainly coming into their own but they are still very pricey and frankly I have the same issues with them as I do with the battery-powered vehicles. Diesel powered vehicles are definitely an option but that is a whole different article. Hybrid-powered vehicles, on the other hand, offer the freedom of a gasoline powered sedan combined with the fuel efficiency of battery powered models. For me it is a “no-brainer”. I need a hybrid powered sedan for less than $20k. Let’s have a look at 10 used hybrid sedans available right now, for less than $20k.

Used car websites like BestRide.com list hundreds-of-thousands of late-model hybrid sedans for less than $20k.

2013 Toyota Camry LE

The popularity of the Toyota Camry has made it the best selling sedan in North America for over a decade. Now, the hybrid drivetrain makes it more efficient than ever. A 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor produce 200-horsepower for this front-wheel drive sedan. 43 mpg city/39 mpg highway

2015 Hyundai Sonata Base

This great looking Korean import is powered by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor fed by a lithium-polymer battery pack. Maximum horsepower production is 199 to a six-speed automatic transmission. 36 mpg city/40 mpg highway

2013 Honda Civic Hybrid

This compact-size sedan features a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and an electric motor that delivers 110-horsepower to a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Civic’s small stature helps it to post outstanding fuel efficiency numbers of 44 mpg city/44 mpg highway.

2013 Ford Fusion SE

Fed by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery powered electric motor (200-horsepower combined), the Focus hybrid is rated at 47 mpg city/47 mpg highway. It uses a CVT to deliver power to the front wheels.

2013 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

The Jetta Hybrid lists a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a 20 kW electric motor as standard equipment. This combination is good for routing 170-horsepower through an automated 7-speed dual-clutch manual transmission. 42 mpg city/48 mpg highway

2013 Chevrolet Volt

This front-wheel drive compact sedan is primarily powered by an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack. Only after the battery pack is 70-percent depleted does the 1.4-liter internal combustion engine come into play. In full-throttle situations both power sources can be used to boost power. Average all-electric charge range: 37-miles.

2010 Lexus HS 250h

This Lexus is powered by a 2.4-liter internal combustion engine and a pair of electric motors. This front-wheel drive luxury sedan uses a CVT to deliver power to the front-wheels. Fuel efficiency checks out at 35 mpg city/34 mpg highway.

2012 Kia Optima EX

Combined horsepower for the Optima Hybrid peaks at 206. This is derived using a  2.4-liter internal combustion engine, an electric motor, and a 6-speed automatic transmission. The E.P.A. estimates fuel efficiency at 34 mpg city/39 mpg highway.

2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid

This fantastic looking front-wheel drive luxury sedan is well equipped with a 2.5-liter internal combustion engine, an electric motor, and a CVT. Maximum combined output is 191-horsepower and fuel economy numbers are 41 mpg city/36 mpg highway.

2013 Acura ILX

The ILX Hybrid employs Honda’s patented Integrated Motor Assist to convert deceleration and braking (kinetic) energy into electricity. This recharges the battery automatically. Horsepower is the same on the ILX as on the Civic (above), as is fuel economy.

S.M. Darby

S.M. Darby

I am a freelance author with over 25 years of experience as a professional, ASE certified automotive technician and shop owner, muscle car enthusiast, avid street racer, and classic car restoration specialist.

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