Best Eco-Friendly Used Cars

It appears that more and more drivers are opting for environmentally friendly automobiles. Why? Well, they run cleaner, cut down on fuel consumption, and conserve energy. They're also better for your wallet since you don't need to spend as much money on gas.

That last point of saving money is especially the case if you go the pre-owned route. You may be wondering, though, which affordable model is worth considering. The team at Val-U-Line will gladly help you out with this guide to the best eco-friendly used cars.

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What are our top picks? Keep reading to find out!

  1. Ford Escape Hybrid (2005-2012)
  2. Honda Civic Hybrid (2006-2011)
  3. Toyota Prius (2004-2009)

Ford Escape Hybrid (2005-2012)

The Ford Escape has a rich history. It was the first hybrid built in the United States as well as the first hybrid crossover utility vehicle. On the market from 2005 to 2012, it offered plenty of power, high fuel efficiency, and impressive features.

The first version of this car had a 133-horsepower 2.3L 4-cylinder engine. The engine was then mated to a hybrid system with a pair of motor generators. Together, these components helped the Escape Hybrid achieve an EPA-estimated 30 city/28 highway MPG.

In 2010, this Ford model was equipped with an electric air-conditioning compressor. This feature would allow the engine to switch off whenever the car was stopped-even in the A/C was in use. Not only was this great for people who regularly drove in hot climates, but it helped with the fuel economy rating as well.

So, if you're looking for an SUV with high fuel efficiency in any environment, a used Ford Escape Hybrid may be right for you.

Honda Civic Hybrid (2006-2011)

The Honda Civic Hybrid came on to the U.S. Market in 2003, with it really hitting its stride in 2006.

The 2006-2011 version of this sedan was equipped with a 1.3L 4-cylinder engine, an Integrated Motor Assist system, and a continuously variable transmission. Together, these components produced 110 horsepower and 123 lb-ft of torque. Even better, though, was that they all helped the Civic Hybrid achieve an EPA-estimated 49 city/51 highway MPG.

In addition to being highly fuel-efficient, a used Honda Civic Hybrid is known for being incredibly safe. Take the 2006 model, for example. It's full of accident-preventing features, including an Anti-lock Braking System and Electronic Brake Distribution.

If you did get into an accident, you can rest assured that this vehicle had your back. Between the dual-stage, dual-threshold front airbags and Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH), you can rest easy knowing you and your loved ones were protected.

Toyota Prius (2004-2009)

The Toyota Prius was the first hatchback hybrid from Toyota. It actually replaced the now defunct Prius Sedan, which was in production from 2000-2003.

This vehicle came with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine, permanent magnet AC synchronous motor, and Sealed Nickel-Metal Hydride. Together, these parts had a total hybrid system net power of 110 horsepower. Plus, with an EPA-estimated 48 city/45 highway MPG, you could get to work, do some errands, and meet a friend for dinner-all before needing to stop and refuel.

While this automobile delivered impressive fuel economy ratings, it was also filled with lots of noteworthy features.

For instance, the 2009 Prius offered Bluetooth® wireless technology for hands-free phone calls and audio streaming. It even offered a voice-activated navigation system to help you get from Point A to Point B easily. Then, with an available 9-speaker JBL® sound system, all the media options in this used Toyota Prius came in crystal-clear.

Test Drive a Pre-Owned Eco-Friendly Vehicle Today

With an eco-friendly used car, you have a ride that helps protect the planet. Plus, you get lots of features that you can enjoy for hours on end.

Above are just some of our recommendations for a pre-owned environmentally friendly automobile. To discover more, schedule a test drive at Val-U-Line.

We look forward to getting you into a vehicle that can do wonders for the world.