Popular Used Electric Cars Under $25,000

Popular Used Electric Cars Under $25,000

Contrary to popular belief, there are several electric cars under or near the average new car price. Per Motor 1, the average new car in the U.S. hit an all-time high last year of $34,000. After considering the federal electric vehicle (EV) tax credit, there are over 25 electric cars near the $34,000 price point. Specifically, 2020 will bring 9 of them. Include any additional incentives such as state, local, utility, or air district rebates and the number of affordable electric cars increases further. 

Despite this, many car shoppers do not wish to spend more than $30,000 on a car or want to buy used regardless of price. For individuals looking to find a budget-friendly car, the used market is the place to search. Fortunately, the used EV market is just as competitive as the new market. In this article, I will summarize popular used electric cars under $25,000.

Popular Used Electric Cars Under $25,000:

1. Chevy Volt

  • Segment: Hatchback
  • Year: 2011-2017
  • Range: 35-53 miles electric/300+ miles gas
  • MPGe (electric mode): 93-106
  • Seating: 4-5
  • EV Type: PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
  • Low Price: $4,000
Popular Used Electric Cars: Chevy Volt
Chevy Volt
Image credit: Chevrolet

2. Nissan Leaf

  • Segment: Hatchback
  • Year: 2011-2019
  • Range: 73-150 miles 
  • MPGe: 102-126
  • Seating: 5
  • EV Type: BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle or “all-electric”)
  • Low Price: $6,000
Popular Used Electric Cars: Nissan Leaf
Nissan Leaf
Image credit: MotorTrend

3. BMW i3 REX

  • Segment: Hatchback
  • Year: 2014-2017
  • Range: 72-97 miles electric/78-83 miles gas
  • MPGe (electric mode): 109-117
  • Seating: 4
  • EV Type: PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
  • Low Price: $11,000
Popular Used Electric Cars: BMW i3
BMW i3
Image credit: Motor1

4. Toyota Prius Prime

  • Segment: Hatchback
  • Year: 2017-2018
  • Range: 25 miles electric/550+ miles gas
  • MPGe (electric mode): 133
  • Seating: 5
  • EV Type: PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
  • Low Price: $17,000
Popular Used Electric Cars: Toyota Prius Prime
Toyota Prius Prime
Image credit: Edmunds

5. Chevy Bolt

  • Segment: Hatchback
  • Year: 2017-2018
  • Range: 238 miles
  • MPGe: 133
  • Seating: 5
  • EV Type: BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle or “all-electric”)
  • Low Price: $17,000
Popular Used Electric Cars: Chevy Bolt
Chevy Bolt
Image credit: CarAndDriver

6. Volkswagen e-Golf

  • Segment: Hatchback
  • Year: 2011-2019
  • Range: 83-125 miles
  • MPGe: 115-120
  • Seating: 5
  • EV Type: BEV (Battery Electric Vehicle or “all-electric”)
  • Low Price: $12,000
Popular Used Electric Cars: VW e-Golf
Volkswagen e-Golf
Image credit: Forbes

7. Audi A3 Sportback e-tron

  • Segment: Hatchback
  • Year: 2015-2017
  • Range: 21 miles electric/350+ miles gas
  • MPGe (combined): 83
  • Seating: 5
  • EV Type: PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle)
  • Low Price: $16,000
Popular Used Electric Cars: Audi A3 Sportsback e-tron
Audi A3 Sportsback e-tron
Image credit: CarAndDriver

Closing Thoughts:

While new EVs typically have higher starting prices than comparable ICE (Internal Combustion Engine or “gas”) vehicles, after the federal tax credit the price gap narrows. This is why used EVs have quick depreciation rates. The tax credit is assumed off the purchase price, therefore, the true net cost of the vehicle is must lower than the MSRP. 

In any case, buying a gently used electric car is a great way to save on depreciation from new cars and on gas. For those fearful of range anxiety, the PHEV is the way to go. The of the greatest is the Chevy Volt. While I am partial since I own one, it offers the best electric range paired with the gas range extender. 

Lately, the Chevy Bolt has come on the used market for under $25,000. Individuals looking to score a cheap all-electric with over 200 miles of range can look to the Bolt. Unfortunately, the Tesla Model 3 has a couple more years before it can be considered in this list. 

Any of these popular used electric cars under $25,000 entice you? If so, look to your favorite car searching platform or the electric-only MyEV.com. Feel free to comment or email for any questions.

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