Which Used Hybrid Car Models Belong on Your Lot

October 5, 2022

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Which Used Hybrid Car Models Belong on Your Lot

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With gas prices still high across the country, and a growing number of states and companies pledging to focus on the development of eco-friendly fuel alternatives, used hybrid cars are becoming a popular choice for anyone who wants to save money and minimize their environmental impact in one go. This means dealerships have a unique opportunity to take advantage of hybrid sales. You won’t want to be caught without the models that your customers are looking for, so here’s a list of the best used hybrid cars to stock, based on reliability and popularity.

5 Reliable Hybrid Cars Dealers Should Always Keep in Stock

1. Toyota Prius

As one of the first hybrids widely available in many markets, the Prius has a special place among hybrid vehicles. Used models may not come with top-of-the-line technology, and the interior design may still feel unusual to some, but the Prius has the power of familiarity and the backing of Toyota’s excellent reputation. A customer who can’t find a specific model they’re looking for will often be comfortable taking home a Prius. These cars still manage an impressive 52 miles per gallon¹, and they come in all-wheel drive models. This used hybrid car might seem like an old-school choice, but it’s comfortable, reliable, and effective.

A white Toyota Prius in a busy dealer parking lot
2018 Toyota Prius

2. Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

The first RAV4 hybrid models were introduced in the 2017 model year, and since then, they have remained a popular choice for anyone who wants a fuel-efficient crossover vehicle that also boasts a 2.5-liter engine and nearly 200 horsepower. They also come with the reliability and longevity that drivers have come to expect from Toyota vehicles.

A silver Toyota RAV4 Hybrid in a neighborhood parking lot
2022 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

3.  Kia Niro Hybrid

For those who want a crossover vehicle but are happy to trade the extra horsepower for better fuel economy, Kia’s Niro Hybrid is one of the best used hybrid cars available. This compact vehicle gets nearly 50 miles per gallon and comes at a very reasonable price for the quality. Just like the RAV4, this model was introduced during the 2017 model year, and there are now also plug-in hybrid options that can get nearly 30 miles on battery power alone.

A white Kia Niro in a crowded dealer parking lot
2018 Kia Niro LX Hybrid

4. Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

If you’re looking for something smaller than a crossover but still spacious and richly designed, the Hyundai Sonata hybrid models offer everything and then some. These stylish cars get between 47 and 52 miles per gallon, depending on the trim level, and they come with incredible safety features², like collision detection, blind-spot warnings, lane centering, and inattentive driver alerts. Hyundai is also known for its generous warranties, which will be a big draw for some buyers.

A white Hyundai Sonata in a full dealer parking lot
2017 Hyundai Sonata Limited Hybrid

5. Honda Insight Hybrid

The first run of this small hybrid car was released between 2010 and 2014, but it was revamped and reintroduced in 2019. The recent models include a dual-motor hybrid system that makes them unique among other used hybrid cars. They have a spacious and comfortable cabin, and all trim levels come with Honda’s driver-assistance technology, a feature that most other models reserve for higher trim levels. These have been discontinued for 2023¹, however, so the current models are all that consumers will get. This is likely to make them both popular and difficult to find. 

A silver Honda Insight in an empty dealer parking lot
2019 Honda Insight EX

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  2. Riswick, J. (6 January, 2022) 2022 Hyundai Sonata Review. AutoBlog.com. Retrieved September 20, 2022, from https://www.autoblog.com/2022/01/06/2022-hyundai-sonata-review/