The Best Electric SUVs To Buy Used In 2021

The Best Electric SUVs To Buy Used In 2021

A lot has changed since the first hybrid SUV – a Ford Escape – rolled off the factory floor in 2004, to say the least. As EV technology improves, climate change looms and gas prices continue to climb with each passing year, more options for environmentally conscious utility vehicles enter the market.

What hasn't changed is the auto industry's ever-increasing drive to offer – and drivers' desire to find – a affordable, reliable, fuel-efficient SUV without compromising its pick-up, handling or overall style.

The realm of EV SUVs is, if anything, a brave new world, and it goes without saying that carmakers unveil new technology and better designs with each model year. So it's safe to say Shift's expansive inventory of electric and hybrid SUVs both midsize and crossover will continue to grow as well.

Yes, EV and hybrid SUVs may tend to come with a slightly steeper ticket price than their gas-powered counterparts. But that's all the more reason to opt for a certified-used electric or hybrid SUV. Not to mention, all the savings that will happen thanks to fewer visits to the gas pump, too.

You can shop and buy any of Shift's certified used EV vehicles and hybrid vehicles directly online from the comfort of your home, knowing that it has no hidden issues and that you’re getting a fair, upfront price, too.

If you're shopping for a used SUV, here are five solid options both electric and hybrid for your consideration.

Best Electric SUVs

2017 Lexus RX 450h (from $41,500)

 2017 Lexus RX 450h (from $41,500)

The RX is a classic Lexus whose gas-engine version has been in production for the North American market since 1999. In 2005 came the hybrid edition of the RX, which these days, ranks as the best-selling model among the Lexus lineup of hybrid vehicles.

Available in either two-row or three-row seating layouts, with room for five or seven, respectively, under the hood the RX packs a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a rowdy horsepower of 308 and a fuel efficiency of 31/28 mpg for the two-row variant and 29/28 mpg for the three-row version.

Aesthetically, the RX exudes sharp, contemporary design that makes for an overall unabashed luxurious look. Lexus aimed to pay utmost attention to detail in every seemingly nook and cranny of the RX, and it shows.

New RX hybrids start at $47,820 but can cost up to $51,210 depending on which of the eight trims it happens to be, whereas used models hover in the upper-$30,000s to low-$40,000s.

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 2017 Lexus RX 450h (from $41,500)

The RX is a classic Lexus whose gas-engine version has been in production for the North American market since 1999. In 2005 came the hybrid edition of the RX, which these days, ranks as the best-selling model among the Lexus lineup of hybrid vehicles.

Available in either two-row or three-row seating layouts, with room for five or seven, respectively, under the hood the RX packs a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with a rowdy horsepower of 308 and a fuel efficiency of 31/28 mpg for the two-row variant and 29/28 mpg for the three-row version.

Aesthetically, the RX exudes sharp, contemporary design that makes for an overall unabashed luxurious look. Lexus aimed to pay utmost attention to detail in every seemingly nook and cranny of the RX, and it shows.

New RX hybrids start at $47,820 but can cost up to $51,210 depending on which of the eight trims it happens to be, whereas used models hover in the upper-$30,000s to low-$40,000s.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited (from $33,950)

2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited (from $33,950)

The RAV4 is Toyota's best-selling vehicle to date and since its debut in 2013, the hybrid version has come to be crowned one of the best hybrid SUVs on the market, thanks to its accessible price, impressive fuel efficiency and overall performance. Those three factors coincide in a would-be Goldilocks fashion to make for a combo that's just right when it comes to gas mileage, stamina under the hood and total cost.

Now in its fifth generation, the RAV4 hybrid is available in five different trims: the LE, the XLE, the XLE Premium, the XSE and the Limited.

Altogether, the RAV4 hybrid touts a peppy horsepower of 219 and juices 41 miles out of every gallon in the city and 38 on the freeway, which means it averages approximately 500 miles per tank. That's a significant difference than the crossover SUV's gas-powered counterpart, which gets a mere 27/35 mpg.

New RAV4 hybrids range from $28,500 for the LE base model to $37,300 for the Limited. Certified-used late-year models, however, tend to run in the low-to-mid $20,000s.

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2018 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Limited (from $33,950)

The RAV4 is Toyota's best-selling vehicle to date and since its debut in 2013, the hybrid version has come to be crowned one of the best hybrid SUVs on the market, thanks to its accessible price, impressive fuel efficiency and overall performance. Those three factors coincide in a would-be Goldilocks fashion to make for a combo that's just right when it comes to gas mileage, stamina under the hood and total cost.

Now in its fifth generation, the RAV4 hybrid is available in five different trims: the LE, the XLE, the XLE Premium, the XSE and the Limited.

Altogether, the RAV4 hybrid touts a peppy horsepower of 219 and juices 41 miles out of every gallon in the city and 38 on the freeway, which means it averages approximately 500 miles per tank. That's a significant difference than the crossover SUV's gas-powered counterpart, which gets a mere 27/35 mpg.

New RAV4 hybrids range from $28,500 for the LE base model to $37,300 for the Limited. Certified-used late-year models, however, tend to run in the low-to-mid $20,000s.

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2019 Acura MDX (from $33,350)

2019 Acura MDX (from $33,350)

If you're in the market to go deluxe with an SUV but are keeping your carbon footprint in mind, Acura has you covered. The MDX hybrid hit the market in 2017, four years after Acura – Honda's luxury line – first released the gas-engine version in 2013.

Essentially a decked-out take on the Honda Passport, the MDX's V-6 engine is capable of revving up to a total horsepower of 321 while maintaining a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the freeway.

And better yet, unlike its gas-engine counterpart, all-wheel drive comes standard on the MDX hybrid. The engine and an electric motor team up to power the front wheels while twin electric motors take care of the rear wheels, making for improved handling – and, in turn, better safety – all around.

On the inside, the MDX boasts exactly what you'd expect from an Acura. Sleek and posh yet stylishly simple and to the point, it's equipped with three rows of roomy seating that allow for a total headcount of seven including the driver.

New Acura MDXs start at $53,000, while used models tend to run in the mid-$30,000s.

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2019 Acura MDX (from $33,350)

If you're in the market to go deluxe with an SUV but are keeping your carbon footprint in mind, Acura has you covered. The MDX hybrid hit the market in 2017, four years after Acura – Honda's luxury line – first released the gas-engine version in 2013.

Essentially a decked-out take on the Honda Passport, the MDX's V-6 engine is capable of revving up to a total horsepower of 321 while maintaining a fuel efficiency of 26 mpg in the city and 27 mpg on the freeway.

And better yet, unlike its gas-engine counterpart, all-wheel drive comes standard on the MDX hybrid. The engine and an electric motor team up to power the front wheels while twin electric motors take care of the rear wheels, making for improved handling – and, in turn, better safety – all around.

On the inside, the MDX boasts exactly what you'd expect from an Acura. Sleek and posh yet stylishly simple and to the point, it's equipped with three rows of roomy seating that allow for a total headcount of seven including the driver.

New Acura MDXs start at $53,000, while used models tend to run in the mid-$30,000s.

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2016 Nissan Rogue SV (from $18,750)

 2016 Nissan Rogue SV (from $18,750)

Five years after its debut in 2008, the Rogue – the best-selling Nissan in the United States since 2013 – joined the EV club in 2017 with the release of its SV and SL hybrids.

Powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery under the rear cargo bay, the Nissan Rogue musters a total horsepower of somewhere between 140 and 180 depending on the model year, with newer models packing more of a punch. It may take a bit longer than its competitors to make it up to freeway-cruising speeds, but the Rogue compensates by way of its thrifty use of gas, with a fuel efficiency of 33 mpg on city streets and 35 mpg on the freeway.

While the gas-powered edition continues to top Nissan's sales charts, the company discontinued its production of the five-seater Rogue hybrid in 2020, giving it only three years to make a splash. But used models can be found for around $20,000, and given Nissan's reputation for churning out long-lasting cars, it's safe to say the Rogue hybrids of the world will be on the road for quite some time to come.

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 2016 Nissan Rogue SV (from $18,750)

Five years after its debut in 2008, the Rogue – the best-selling Nissan in the United States since 2013 – joined the EV club in 2017 with the release of its SV and SL hybrids.

Powered by a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine and a lithium-ion battery under the rear cargo bay, the Nissan Rogue musters a total horsepower of somewhere between 140 and 180 depending on the model year, with newer models packing more of a punch. It may take a bit longer than its competitors to make it up to freeway-cruising speeds, but the Rogue compensates by way of its thrifty use of gas, with a fuel efficiency of 33 mpg on city streets and 35 mpg on the freeway.

While the gas-powered edition continues to top Nissan's sales charts, the company discontinued its production of the five-seater Rogue hybrid in 2020, giving it only three years to make a splash. But used models can be found for around $20,000, and given Nissan's reputation for churning out long-lasting cars, it's safe to say the Rogue hybrids of the world will be on the road for quite some time to come.

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2018 Tesla Model X 75D (from $65,100)

2018 Tesla Model X 75D (from $65,100)

The newest entrant in the EV SUV game – in 2015, specifically – to make this list, Elon Musk has already touted the Tesla Model X as the safest SUV on the market. And given that it has a fully self-driving autopilot feature, a collision avoidance system and all-wheel drive, and the fact that it outranked its closest competitor twofold in rollover tests, he's probably right.

Given that it's powered by a team of four lithium-ion batteries with a total horsepower of 259 in each of its two motors that launch the seven-passenger Model X from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds, it's also one of the fastest – if not the fastest – EV SUV out there, too.

As if that weren't enough, by opting for the additional tow bar, the Model X can haul up to an gargantuan 5,000 lbs. That’s the equivalent of a small elephant.

And also, two words: falcon doors.

New Model Xs start just shy of $80,000 and can cost up to nearly $100,000 for the upgraded Performance edition, while used models go for as little as somewhere in the low-$50,000s.

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2018 Tesla Model X 75D (from $65,100)

The newest entrant in the EV SUV game – in 2015, specifically – to make this list, Elon Musk has already touted the Tesla Model X as the safest SUV on the market. And given that it has a fully self-driving autopilot feature, a collision avoidance system and all-wheel drive, and the fact that it outranked its closest competitor twofold in rollover tests, he's probably right.

Given that it's powered by a team of four lithium-ion batteries with a total horsepower of 259 in each of its two motors that launch the seven-passenger Model X from zero to 60 mph in as little as 2.6 seconds, it's also one of the fastest – if not the fastest – EV SUV out there, too.

As if that weren't enough, by opting for the additional tow bar, the Model X can haul up to an gargantuan 5,000 lbs. That’s the equivalent of a small elephant.

And also, two words: falcon doors.

New Model Xs start just shy of $80,000 and can cost up to nearly $100,000 for the upgraded Performance edition, while used models go for as little as somewhere in the low-$50,000s.

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