In today’s world of rising gas prices, green vehicles, such as electric cars and plug-in hybrids, are growing in popularity. However, these vehicles require a plug, and not everyone has access to a plug to charge their vehicle.
Fortunately, these buyers can still get a fuel-efficient model that doesn’t need to be plugged in. Below, we cover the eight best used hybrid cars, giving these shoppers a head start in choosing the best plug-free car that can still save them big on fuel costs.
For shoppers seeking a top-notch hybrid SUV, we cover those in a separate article.
Buyers who can’t opt for plug-in models — battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) — due to limited plug access, there are still options. Automakers continue cranking out hybrid models that require no plug, giving you a plug-free option to a more fuel-efficient vehicle.
The Toyota Prius is the king of the hybrid car segment, as it essentially launched the entire movement in the early-2000s. Today, the Prius has a ton more competition, but it remains a top-notch hybrid option for buyers who can’t get a plug-in model.
The Prius gets great fuel-consumption numbers, ringing in at 4.4 L/100 km city, 4.7 L/100 km highway, and 4.5 L/100 km combined in the 2022 model year.
The Toyota Prius hatchback also features a roomy cargo area with 776 litres of space with the rear seats up and 1,436 litres with them folded. Rear-seat room is another thing, though. With just 848 mm of rear legroom, the Prius’ rear seats are not adult-friendly.
In the technology space, the Prius leaves little to be desired. It comes standard with a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. It also boasts Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, a 4.2-inch driver-information screen, and more.
The Hyundai IONIQ is another hybrid with ample cargo room and low fuel consumption. The latter rings in at 4.3 L/100 km city, 4.1 L/100 km highway, and 4.2 L/100 km combined in the 2022 model year.
Behind the rear seats, the Hyundai IONIQ can fit 750 litres of cargo, nearly matching the roomy Prius. The IONIQ easily beats its Toyota rival with 907 mm of rear legroom in its rear seats. That’s still a little tight, but more than the Prius offers.
The IONIQ Hybrid also comes well-equipped with the latest technology, including a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with audio streaming, and more.
The Honda Accord is a legend in the family sedan segment, but its hybrid variant hasn’t gotten nearly as much popularity as it deserves. This premium-looking hybrid sedan has a combined 212 horsepower and 232 pound-feet of torque from its powertrain — a 2.0-liter engine and electric motor — giving it ample power for the average driver.
On top of this, its consumption rates are also good at just 5 L/100 km across the board in select trims. In the Sport and Touring trims, though, the consumption rate increases to 5.3 L/100 km city, 5.7 L/100 km highway, and 5.5 L/100 km.
The Accord’s biggest selling point is its posh ride quality relative to others in the segment. Plus, it has a spacious cabin that offers 1,026 mm of rear-seat legroom and a huge 473-litre trunk.
This midsize sedan’s standard features are plentiful too and include lane-keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, traffic sign recognition, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Craving a hybrid with a more eye-grabbing look? The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid offers just that with its sharp body lines and unique lighting signature.
Between its electric motor and 2.0-liter gasoline engine, the Hyundai Sonata boasts 192 horsepower. This setup delivers good fuel efficiency too, with consumption ratings of 5.3 L/100 km city, 4.6 L/100 km highway, and 5.0 L/100 km combined.
The Sonata Hybrid’s rear seats leave a little to be desired with just 884 mm of legroom, but its 453-litre trunk is plenty for most buyers.
In the technical department, the Sonata Hybrid comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, blind-spot monitoring, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, adaptive cruise control, and more. There are also many standard safety features, like blind-spot-collision avoidance, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, safe exit warning, and others.
The Honda Insight took a brief hiatus but returned to compete with the likes of the Prius and other hybrid vehicles. This new Insight has a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor that combine to produce 129 horsepower and 197 pound-feet of torque.
This powertrain delivers great fuel consumption ratings of 4.6 L/100 km city, 5.3 L/100 km highway, and 4.9 L/100 km combined. All this while offering an ample 950 mm of rear legroom and up to 427 litres of cargo room.
The Insight is also well-equipped, as its base EX trim comes standard with an eight-speaker audio system, Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and more. In safety and driver-assistive tech, the Insight delivers standard adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, traffic sign recognition, automatic high-beam headlights, and more.
The Toyota Camry is a legend in the family sedan segment, so it’s only logical that it also makes the list as one of the best used hybrid cars.
The latest Camry Hybrid pairs a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with an electric motor to produce 208 horsepower. This is plenty of power for the typical sedan driver, plus it delivers stellar fuel-consumption rates of 4.9 L/100 km city, 4.8 L/100 km highway, and 4.9 L/100 km combined in its base LE trim. The SE, XLE, and XSE trims are slightly less fuel-efficient at 5.3 L/100 km city, 5 L/100 km highway, and 5.1 L/100 km combined.
The Camry Hybrid is also very spacious with 965 mm of rear legroom and 427 litres of luggage space in the trunk.
Toyota also offers plenty of standard features in the Camry Hybrid. Its standard equipment list includes a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a six-speaker audio system, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa, Bluetooth connectivity, and much more.
The safety tech is also abundant and includes standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane-keeping assist, lane-departure warning, full-speed adaptive cruise control, road-sign recognition, and more.
The Ford Fusion Hybrid was discontinued after the 2020 model year, as Ford moved on to focus almost exclusively on trucks and SUVs. However, this once-popular sedan remains a strong option for shippers seeking one of the best hybrid cars in Canada.
The Fusion Hybrid delivers 188 combined horsepower, falling behind some of the newer models on our list. However, its fuel consumption rates aren’t far off from the pack at 5.5 L/100 km city, 5.7 L/100 km highway, and 5.6 L/100 km combined.
Despite being an older model, the Fusion Hybrid has top-notch standard equipment, including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a nine-speaker audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio, Wi-Fi, and more.
Even its safety tech was well ahead of its time and included standard blind-spot monitors, automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, automatic emergency braking, a rearview camera, and more.
As for roominess, the Fusion Hybrid is just fine for about any family with 973 mm of rear legroom and 453 litres of cargo space.
Buyers seeking a luxury hybrid car can look no further than the Toyota Camry Hybrid's cousin, the Lexus ES 300h.
Like the Camry, the 300h features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine paired with an electric motor, but Lexus bumped the output to 215 horsepower. Also, the heavier ES 300h has slightly worse fuel economy ratings at 5.5 L/100 km city, 5.2 L/100 km highway, and 5.3 L/100 km combined.
The interior room is plentiful in the ES 300h, just like the Camry. It offers 998 mm of rear-seat legroom and a 394-litre trunk.
Standard tech is also plentiful. The base ES 300h features an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa, a 10-speaker audio system, Bluetooth streaming audio, SiriusXM, and more.
The ES 300h has lots to offer in the safety department with its standard automatic emergency braking, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, road-sign recognition, full-speed adaptive cruise control, and much more.
Clutch, Canada's largest online used car retailer, has a vast inventory of quality used vehicles, including the best used hybrid cars. Check out our inventory and find the best hybrid for you.
All Clutch vehicles undergo a 210-point safety and reconditioning process to ensure they’re ready for the road. We then add a 90-day or 6,000-km warranty for additional peace of mind. Plus, you get a 10-day money-back guarantee. If you don’t love your Clutch vehicle during this period, you can return it or exchange it for a different vehicle.
So, check out our expansive pre-owned inventory, choose the best hybrid car for you, and complete your purchase online. We’ll set up the financing, prepare a trade-in valuation, and then deliver the vehicle to you.