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    12 Used Hybrids and EVs that aren't dreary, impractical and/or a Prius

    In case you missed the news, Greta Thunburg was named TIME's 2019 Person of the Year. In late September, 2019, the 16-year-old climate change activist addressed the United Nations as part of its Climate Change Summit. But of perhaps greater significance, she brought together millions of people from hundreds of countries who took part in the largest global climate demonstration in history.

    Because climate change is real and something that all of us need to address, we have provided some ideas about how you can reduce your carbon footprint. One of the key ways involves your next car purchase. Specifically, we recommended that buying a used hybrid or EV was the best way to achieve the lowest carbon footprint when owning a car.

    That said, we readily admit that we don't want to drive some soulless transportation pod. We like to drive. We like distinctive and stylish cars. We have families that need more space than your typical EV or hybrid provides. Some of us even would prefer an SUV. We don't think we're alone.

    So, here are 12 used hybrids and EVs that aren't dreary, less practical than conventional versions and/or a Prius – because we all agreed we didn't want to drive a Prius. We think these are pretty good, distinctive cars, and the good news is that this list will get even longer as the current wave of desirable new hybrids, plug-in hybrids and EVs start hitting the used and certified pre-owned market.

  • Tesla Model S
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    Tesla Model S

    This one seems like a no-brainer, right? Early Tesla Model S examples start around $40,000 with fairly low mileage. We'd be a little iffy about the reliability and the fact the bumper-to-bumper warranty runs out after four years, but all the electric components are covered for eight years and unlimited miles. Even these early Model S cars were fantastic cars to drive, and not much has really changed over the years besides over-the-air updates and a questionable styling refresh.

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    Tesla Model S
  • BMW i3
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    BMW i3

    When we asked around the office "which used hybrid or EV would you buy?" the BMW i3 was the most common answer. Specifically, the Range Extender (REX) model that provides extra distance when you need it. The i3 may be weird looking, but the driving experience, interior packaging, advanced engineering (carbon fiber!), bonkers pizza pie wheels and achingly cool interior make us true believers. Its a characterful and endearing car in a way so many modern BMW's are not. Oh, and a ton are coming off lease now and can be had starting in the mid teens.

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    BMW i3
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
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    Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

    Nothing sexy about the last-generation of the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, but it is a compact SUV, and let's face it, those are the hot-ticket item these days. The thing about the RAV4 Hybrid is that it is arguably the most appealing version of the RAV4. Whereas the regular gas version is matched or surpassed in most areas by key competitors (cough, Honda CR-V, cough), the Hybrid offers fuel economy that cannot be touched and, when removed from that competitive glare, is a well-rounded, extremely practical package. That applies to a used Toyota RAV4 Hybrid as well.

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    Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
  • Chevy Volt
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    Chevrolet Volt

    The Volt, which is on its way out of production after the 2019 model year, was another popular answer around the office, whether you're considering the newer, more stylish second-generation seen here or the original-generation. With either, you get a car that's surprisingly fun to drive thanks to its immediate electric thrust, super-low center of gravity and well-tuned suspension. No matter the year you consider, there should also get more infotainment features than a contemporary competitor.

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    Chevrolet Volt
  • Fiat 500e
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    Fiat 500e

    Want an EV for dirt cheap that's also goofy-fun to drive and absolutely dripping with character? Behold, the Fiat 500e! We've seen these on the used market as low as $6,000, which is definitely less than some golf carts. Sure, perhaps getting a better example for a bit more would be a good idea, but still, if you have a short commute, the relative fun-to-cost proportion is unbeatable.

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    Fiat 500e
  • Lexus NX 300h
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    Lexus NX 300h

    Want a compact luxury SUV? Cool, you're definitely not alone. Want one that's also a hybrid? Well, dear friend, this is literally your used choice. The good news is, the Lexus NX is actually a pretty solid option. Say what you will about the Lexus styling (some love, many hate), but it's meticulously built with a beautiful interior. The driving experience is refined, comfortable and surprisingly sharp for a company best known for selling dreary old man's transport. Oh, and it gets 32 mpg combined versus the low-to-mid 20's you'd be looking at with everything else.

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    Lexus NX 300h
  • VW eGolf
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    Volkswagen eGolf

    The Volkswagen Golf is one of our favorite compact cars. The electric version, dubbed eGolf, changes very little from the gas version apart from batteries and a motor replacing gas tanks and an engine. You don't even lose cargo space and there aren't any contrived electric styling flourishes beyond some blue trim here and there. As such, the eGolf is therefore also one of our favorite compact cars. Or at least it was before it was discontinued — we look forward to seeing the new I.D series of electric vehicles from Volkswagen.

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    Volkswagen eGolf
  • Honda Accord Hybrid
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    Honda Accord Hybrid

    The older Honda Accord Hybrid you see above uses the same basic hybrid set-up as today's version, relying on the electric motor to directly power the wheels in most instances with the gas engine mostly serving as an electricity generator. This provides a more EV-like driving experience, in the best possible way, in terms of throttle response and acceleration feel. It's also a Honda Accord, widely considered one of the smartest used car choices you could ever make for its general well-rounded excellence and superlative reliability reputation. 

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    Honda Accord Hybrid
  • Lexus RX 450h
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    Lexus RX 450h

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    This recommendation goes to the current generation, which debuted for 2016 and seriously upped the traditionally conservative and dull RX's driver engagement and style. You can even get the RX 450h hybrid with the F Sport package, which looks cooler and a boasts an adaptive suspension that improves both handling and the ride. Lexus reliability is a major reason to take note, as is the fact that the RX 450h's fuel economy is genuinely thrifty unlike some other hybrid midsize SUVs.

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    Lexus RX 450h
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  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid
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    Toyota Highlander Hybrid

    Here's your best bet for a used hybrid family hauler with three rows of seats (well, at least until the Chrysler Pacifica Plug-In Hybrid arrives on used lots in significant quantities). In fact, the Highlander Hybrid has been the only bet for years now, but at least the latest version represents a more competitive and appealing choice for reasons other than its low-for-the-segment fuel economy. This latest-generation Highlander Hybrid is well-rounded, well-built and more responsive to drive than its predecessors. 

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    Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • BMW i8
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    BMW i8

    The BMW i8 can now be had for around $70,000 on the used car market, and as it's a high-end sports car, none have high miles on them. The i8 was cool when it was introduced, it's cool now, it'll be cool in 20 years, and it's even cooler when you can buy one for less than half price. That's right, a new one starts at $147,500.

    And no, it isn't practical. But it's not dreary, not a Prius, and proof you can be green and drive something that looks like this.

    BMW i8 Information

    BMW i8
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