Many consumers understand that buying an electric vehicle (EV) is an investment. With a generally higher upfront cost, you enjoy long-term savings on ongoing expenses like fuel and certain forms of maintenance. Buying a used electric vehicle can help you realize savings from the get-go. With that in mind, consider our picks for the best used electric cars when shopping for your next EV.

2020 Hyundai Ioniq Electric

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Having debuted in 2016, the Ioniq Electric is a relative newcomer to the Hyundai lineup, but it has quickly become a favorite among EV enthusiasts. Concerning used Ioniq Electrics, the 2020 model year is a strong contender because of its driver-assist features and Hyundai's lifetime battery warranty for its EVs. Among the many standard assistance features of the 2020 model are a rearview camera, forward-collision warning, lane-keep assist, and drowsiness monitoring. Also, depending on the trim, you could find yourself with advanced features like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, and pedestrian/cyclist detection.

Price is another factor. Compared to its competitors, the Ioniq Electric is affordable even when bought new. Consider that the 2020 model had a starting MSRP of around $34,000. On the used market today, you can find a 2020 Ioniq Electric for approximately 30% less. You also get a range of 170 miles and a spacious cargo area measuring 23 cubic feet.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The electric version of the famous Kona crossover SUV is another hit from Hyundai. Though the Kona as a line is entering its sixth year of production, the Kona Electric didn't debut until 2019. Today, that inaugural model year remains a winner in the used market. You're likely to find some Kona EVs at around $30,000 — several thousand dollars lower than the original starting MSRP of about $36,000.

As a crossover SUV, the Kona Electric represents a terrific balance of size and performance. Inside, you get more than 94 cubic feet of passenger volume and a cargo capacity exceeding 45 cubic feet. If you want quickness, it's got you covered. With its 201-horsepower electric motor, the Kona Electric can get from zero to 60 mph in a little over six seconds. For all that, you also get a tremendous 258 miles of range on a full charge.

2019 Volkswagen e-Golf

The Volkswagen Golf hatchback entered the market in the 1970s. Around the same time, Volkswagen was researching the possibilities of an all-electric vehicle. In 1976, the automaker produced several test models of its Elektro Golf, a concept that would become the e-Golf in the 21st century.

The 2019 Volkswagen e-Golf was the final production year for the EV line. The model offered responsive handling, commendable acceleration, and all the practicality you might associate with the Golf name. The range caps 125 miles on a single charge, making the e-Golf a strong option for commuting and everyday driving. In 2019, the e-Golf had a starting MSRP of around $32,000. Today, you can find a used 2019 model for as low as $26,000.

2018 BMW i3

The BMW i3 had a short production life, beginning in earnest in 2013 and ending in 2022. Fortunately, you can still find this unique hatchback on the used market for a fraction of its original $45,000 price. Many used i3s sell for under $30,000, which amounts to savings of around 33%.

The 2018 i3 makes the cut not only for its affordability but also because of its design update from the previous model year. The front and rear aprons underwent a restyling that lent the vehicle a sportier look. The new appearance, though subtle, matched better with its responsive handling than the slightly more bubbly design of 2017. As for its range, you can expect to get 114 miles on a single charge, though this increases to 180 miles if you find one equipped with a range extender.

2017 Nissan Leaf

The 2017 Nissan Leaf, the last of the first-generation builds, is another great bargain model. Upon its release, it sold at a starting MSRP of around $30,000. Now that it's part of the previous generation, you can probably find a used 2017 model for about $17,000, if not less.

The 107-mile range on the 2017 Leaf is on the lower end, but that's typically suitable for most drivers, particularly commuters. It offers a comfortable ride with its spacious 116-cubic-foot interior, and its 30-cubic-foot cargo capacity can accommodate plenty. Overall, the low cost and high accessibility of the 2017 Nissan Leaf make it an excellent entry option into the EV segment.

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

The Chevrolet Bolt began its production life in 2016 and debuted for the 2017 model year, representing General Motors' first significant contribution to the EV market. Though the 2017 model is inaugural, it maintains excellent value today. Upon its release, it retailed at over $37,000, but you can now get a used 2017 Bolt EV for as little as $20,000.

You may miss out on some of the features of the later model years, but the 2017 Bolt EV still provides numerous excellent driver-assist and safety features. Standard features include a rear-vision camera and ten airbags, while available features include rear cross-traffic alert, forward-collision alert, forward pedestrian alert, and side blind-zone alert. The range, too, is similar to what you'd get with the upcoming 2023 model — 239 miles versus the newer model's 259.

Those are our recommendations for top-tier used electric cars. See us today to learn more about these high-quality vehicles and others. Find our dealership at 2249 Bannister St. in York, Pennsylvania. Before you come, please browse our extensive inventory of used cars of various makes and models, and apply for financing to check your pre-approval status. At Your Auto Source, we strive to get you the most value for your dollar.

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