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Kelley Blue Book describes the 2018 Toyota Prius as “smooth and precise.” It also says the vehicle is “comfortable, quiet and easy to drive.”

“It’s also agile,” the company writes.

For those reasons, Kelley Blue Book has placed the 2018 Prius at the top of its latest list of “10 Best Used Hybrids and Electric Cars Under $20,000.”

No. 2 on the list is the 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid, which Kelley Blue Book says is a good choice for those looking for a “comfortable, roomy, reliable way to save money on gas.”

Kelley Blue Book wrote that with hybrid and electric vehicles coming such a long way, options for those considering an alternative-fuel model “have never been greater.”

In addition to the best used hybrids and electric cars under $20,000, Kelley Blue Book also named its “10 Best Plug-In Hybrid Cars Under $40,000 and “10 Longest-Range Electric Cars of 2020.”

But back to the list of used hybrids and electric cars under $20,000, coming in at No. 3 is the 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid, which Kelley Blue Book said is a five-time Mid-Size Sedan Best Buy winner. Kelley described the Accord Hybrid as “the most fuel-efficient midsize sedan on this list.”

“It also delivers all the comfort, convenience, and excellent resale value of its more established sibling,” Kelley Blue Book wrote.

Toyota showed three vehicles on the list of best used hybrids and electric cars under $20,000, in addition to one Lexus.

Kia placed two vehicles on the list, and Kelley Blue Book said the 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid gets 45 highway miles per gallon “while offering the tech-forward features of the regular sedan.”

On Kelley Blue Book’s list of 10 Best Plug-in Hybrid Cars Under $40,000, the 2020 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid came out on top.

On its list of 10 Longest Range Electric Cars of 2020, the 2020 Tesla Model S Long Range came in at No. 1, with Kelley writing that the vehicle offers up to 373 miles of driving range on a single battery charge.

Kelley Blue Book executive editor Michael Harley said that with each new model year, the number of available hybrid and electric vehicles continues to grow.

“Regardless of your lifestyle, there are a variety of vehicles to choose from in SUVs, hatchbacks, and sedans, and even at a more budget-conscious price if you’re shopping used,” Harley said in a news release.

Harley continued, “One of the most underrated deals is to buy a used hybrid, plug-in hybrid, or all-electric vehicle — many of these are sold as ‘manufacturer certified’ with extended warranties. With a plug-in hybrid vehicle, you can enjoy the best of both worlds. Some of the most recent models deliver enough all-electric range that you can commute every day and never have to fill the gas tank.”

Also during this time of social distancing, Kelley provided a site showing the latest on how to shop for a vehicle safely and conveniently online.

10 Best Used Hybrids and Electric Cars Under $20,000

Rank Vehicle Fuel economy Total range
1.  2018 Toyota Prius  52 mpg combined (54 city/50 highway) 588 miles
2. 2017 Toyota Camry Hybrid 40 mpg combined (42 city/38 highway)  680 miles 
3. 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Blue  58 mpg combined (57 city/59 highway)  690 miles 
4. 2017 Honda Accord Hybrid 48 mpg combined (49 city/47 highway)  758 miles 
5. 2019 Kia Optima Hybrid  41 mpg combined (39 city/45 highway) 652 miles 
6. 2017 Nissan Leaf  112 MPGe combined (124 city/101 highway)  107 miles 
7. 2015 Lexus ES 300h 40 mpg combined (39 city/40 highway) 688 miles 
8. 2016 Toyota Prius V  41 mpg combined (43 city/39 highway) 488 miles
9. 2018 Chevrolet Volt  First 53 miles:106 MPGe combined; 
Next 367 miles: 42 mpg combined
420 miles
10. 2017 Kia Niro  50 mpg combined (52 city/49 highway) 595 miles