What are the Most Fuel-Efficient Used Hondas?

April 8th, 2022 by

A popular used Honda for sale, a red 2020 Honda Insight LX, is shown from the side driving on an open road.

Fuel efficiency has always been one of the most important factors when buying a used car. This is because used car buyers understand that the best way to save money on your next car is to buy one used. With gas prices spiraling out of control in recent months, the need for a fuel-efficient car has become more important than ever. That is why you need to look for a used Honda for sale. Honda built its reputation on developing dependable and affordable cars, trucks, minivans, and SUVs that provide excellent fuel efficiency. The company may date back to the 1940s, but it truly hit its stride in the 1970s during the height of the Energy Crisis. More and more drivers started buying Hondas, knowing that these efficient cars would save them money at the gas pump. This dedication to fuel efficiency at Honda continues to this day.

When you are looking for a used Honda for sale in Gwinnett, stop by and see us at Gwinnett Place Honda. We carry a vast inventory of new, used, and certified pre-owned Honda sedans, coupes, hatchbacks, trucks, SUVs, and EVs. With our expertise, you can easily find the Honda you want at a price you can afford. Here are 6 incredibly fuel-efficient used Honda vehicles that represent the savings at the gas pump you are sure to experience when you buy a used Honda from us.

#1 2020 Honda Insight LX or EX

The Honda Insight is a compact sedan designed from the start to be a hybrid. Introduced as a two-door hatchback, Honda changed things up by first making it a four-door liftback and then rebooting the Insight as a sedan in 2019. The 2020 Insight represents the second year of this third-generation model, and it runs on an incredibly fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. This combines a 1.5-liter I-4 gas engine with a pair of electric motors running on the Atkinson cycle. An electronic continuously variable transmission (eCVT) adjusts the blend of conventional and electronic energy going to the Insight’s front-wheel drivetrain. As a result, the Insight will give you a combined 151 horsepower and 197 lb-ft of torque. As for fuel efficiency, if you choose the LX or EX trim, you can count on an estimated 55 miles per gallon in city driving, 49 miles per gallon on the highway, and 52 miles per gallon combined.[a] This is excellent fuel efficiency for a Honda that isn’t a full electric vehicle (EV).

#2 2020 Honda Accord Hybrid

After finding success with the hybrid powertrain on the Insight, Honda began rolling it out to other models in its vehicle lineup. The Honda Accord Hybrid first hit the road in 2014, and it hasn’t looked back. The 2020 Accord Hybrid represents the second generation of this model, with the upgrades occurring for the 2018 model year. This model gives you a midsize sedan, so it is roomier than the Insight, a key factor if you are looking to drive around with a full compliment of 5 passengers. Honda has given the Accord Hybrid a 2.0-liter I-4 gas engine paired with an AC synchronous permanent-magnet electric motor. The Accord Hybrid is front-wheel drive with an eCVT transmission. It is capable of producing up to 212 horsepower and 232 ft-lb of torque. As for fuel efficiency, it can deliver up to an estimated 48 miles per gallon in city driving, 47 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 48 miles per gallon.[a] Those are fuel efficiency figures you’d expect from a compact car, not a midsize sedan with luxury appointments like the Accord Hybrid.

#3 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid

Clarity was the name given by Honda to a trio of alternative energy vehicles introduced by Honda in 2018. One runs on hydrogen fuel cells, another is an EV, and the third is a plug-in hybrid. While the EV and fuel cell models provide the best fuel efficiency, the 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid might be the most practical for someone looking at used Honda models. The Clarity Plug-in Hybrid features a 1.5-liter I-4 gas engine combined with an electric motor running off a lithium-ion battery. Where the Insight and Accord Hybrid use the gas engine and brake recapture to charge the hybrid battery, the Clarity makes things simple, allowing you to recharge the lithium-ion battery safely and easily by plugging into an A/C power source, like at any supercharger located across the country.

The powertrain on the Clarity Plug-in Hybrid delivers an impressive 212 horsepower and 331 lb-ft of torque. Equally impressive is the fuel efficiency, with an estimated 110 MPGe when operating fully electric.[a] Otherwise, you will see an estimated 44 miles per gallon in city driving, 40 miles per gallon in highway driving, and 42 miles per gallon combined.[a] While Honda decided to discontinue the Clarity models after the 2021 season, you can still find a Honda Clarity Plug-in Hybrid on the used market, giving you the opportunity to buy a roomy 5-passenger with exceptional fuel efficiency at a great price.

A blue 2020 Honda Civic Sedan is shown from the rear driving on a city street.

#4 2020 Honda Civic Sedan EX, EX-L, or Touring

The Honda Civic was truly the car that launched this brand, building its reputation for dependable, fuel-efficient vehicles. First introduced in 1972, the Civic has always been a reliable, compact sedan. The 2020 Civic Sedan was named the #1 best small car by Kelley Blue Book.[b] This is due in no small part to the vehicle’s exceptional fuel efficiency. The Civic Sedan provides a conventional engine that is efficient and surprisingly powerful for its size. The 2020 Civic Sedan EX, EX-L, and Touring trims represent the most fuel-efficient models of this front-wheel drive compact. This model features a 1.5-liter Turbocharged I-4 gas engine paired with a CVT transmission. This combination boosts performance while improving gas mileage. As a result, the engine can produce up to 174 horsepower and 162 lb-ft of torque, while giving you an estimated 32 miles per gallon in the city, 42 miles per gallon on the highway, and 36 miles per gallon combined.[a] Whoever said good things come in small packages had the Civic in mind.

#5 2019 Honda Fit LX

Designed to fit most budgets and lifestyles, the compact hatchback Honda Fit was introduced to the public in 2007. While it was discontinued after the 2020 model year, you can still find an excellent deal on a used Honda Fit. The 2019 Honda Fit LX gives you exceptional fuel efficiency in a surprisingly roomy little vehicle. The hatchback opens to provide up to 52.7 cubic feet of cargo space, while the interior can seat up to 5 passengers comfortably. The Fit features a 1.5-liter I-4 gas engine with either a manual or CVT transmission. This engine can produce up to 128 horsepower and 113 lb-ft of torque. While all models of the 2019 Fit deliver solid fuel efficiency, the clear winner in this regard is the Fit LX with the CVT transmission. If you choose a used 2019 Fit LX, you can expect an estimated 33 miles per gallon in city driving, 40 miles per gallon on the highway, and a combined 36 miles per gallon.[a]

A red 2019 Honda CR-V is shown parked in front of a body of water.

#6 2019 Honda CR-V FWD EX, EX-L, or Touring

One of the most popular vehicle classes today is the crossover. These small SUVs are ideal for young families, downsizing empty nesters, and folks commuting to school or work. That is because crossovers are easy to drive and roomy. In the case of the Honda CR-V, they are also fuel-efficient. One of the top choices is a 2019 Honda CR-V with front-wheel drive on the EX, EX-L, or Touring trim level. This model uses a 1.5-liter Turbocharged I-4, which provides better efficiency than the 2.4-liter I-4 on the LX model. This engine comes paired with a CVT transmission, producing up to 190 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. It can also be counted on to give you an estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city, 34 miles per gallon on the highway, and 30 miles per gallon combined.[a] This is the kind of fuel efficiency a driver can really appreciate in a conventional gas engine.

Come To Gwinnett Place Honda for a Fuel-Efficient Used Vehicle!

These are some excellent Honda choices if fuel efficiency is a major buying factor. However, every model of the Honda has been engineered to maximize fuel efficiency without taking away from the performance. In addition, when you buy a used Honda from us, you are getting a used vehicle that can hold its value and meet your needs. Head on over to Gwinnett Place Honda and let us put you behind the wheel of your next fuel-efficient used Honda vehicle!

[a] Based on EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Mileage will depend on model year, trim, and condition of the vehicle. Your mileage will also vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
[b] Honda Civic won #1 in Best Small Cars of 2020. For more information, visit kbb.com. Kelly Blue Book is a registered trademark of Kelly Blue Book Co., Inc.