Modern technology has facilitated the manufacture of automobiles that last longer and happen to be more reliable. This has given impetus to the trend of purchasing “gently used” vehicles. If you care about the environment you will have to opt for eco cars. However, used-car dealers claim that only the latest models offer the best gas mileage. So, it can prove to be difficult to choose a used car that allows you to drive green while delivering the best fuel efficiency. The list below gives you the four best options to buy the greenest eco cars from the lots of used-car dealers in the United States:
Toyota Prius (2004-2009)
The Toyota Prius belongs to the second generation of classic hybrid cars. This vehicle has become synonymous in America with “good mileage” and happens to be the most common used green car found at used car dealerships. Owners of the Toyota Prius tend to hang on to the car for an extended period of time and rack up countless miles. Therefore, you may have to look very carefully in order to get your hands on a low-mileage used Prius.
Honda Civic Hybrid (2006-2011)
The third generation of the Civic Hybrid was launched by Honda in the year 2012 and so you may not be able to find this used eco car model in such a short span of time. However, you might want to purchase the second generation which is by no means a bad buy. In fact, some users state that the experience of driving the second generation of Honda Civic Hybrid happens to be much more pleasant than the new edition. The best aspect of this compact four-door sedan car is that no casual onlooker will be able to tell the difference between the hybrid version and the normal garden-variety model.
Volkswagen Jetta TDI
The diesel version of the Volkswagen Jetta TDI is one of the bestselling diesel cars in the United States with thousands of satisfied customers. But sadly, it vanished from the U.S. market in 2007 and 2008 owing to the stiffer requirements of emission. The car made a comeback in the year 2009 and is one of the most popular models in the expanding range of Volkswagen diesel vehicles. Diesel Jetta TDIs are known for their fuel efficiency and offers a pleasant driving experience.
Ford Escape Hybrid (2004-2011)
The Ford Escape Hybrid has long been a favorite of environmentally conscious individuals. Over the years, the car has received lots of improvements. The vehicle has undergone two restyling and several upgrades to its software for controls along with the implementation of the electronic air-conditioning system in 2010. The final result is an eco car that offers a combined 29 mpg EPA rating and a compact crossover utility. The batteries of the Ford Escape Hybrid last for a long time.
Before sealing the deal, make sure that you have checked the used car carefully. You must decide whether the reassurance of a used green car from a dealer compares to the higher prices commanded by factory-tested automobiles.