Most Fuel-Efficient Used 2016 Vehicles Under $20k

Looking to drive green and save green? There are plenty of affordable, fuel-efficient used vehicles out there to help you accomplish both goals. Explore all your options at a used car dealership near you—or start your research right here with our list of the most fuel-efficient 2016 vehicles you can buy for less than $20,000.

2016 Nissan Altima

Pre-Owned 2016 Nissan Altima

MILES PER GALLON: 27 city/39 highway/33 combined mpg

Returning a class-leading 39 mpg at highway speeds, the Nissan Altima is undoubtedly the most affordable, fuel-efficient nonhybrid car of 2016. Factoring a base fuel cost of $3 per gallon, fueling the ’16 Altima through 100,000 miles costs an average of $7,700, while filling up a rival 2016 Mazda6 would set you back over $8,100. At our Blue Springs used car dealership, a pre-owned Altima is also approximately $2,000 cheaper than the Mazda6. 


2016 Chevrolet Malibu

Pre-Owned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu

MILES PER GALLON: 27 city/37 highway/31 combined

Winner of U.S. News’s 2016 Best Midsize Car for Families, the ’16 Chevrolet Malibu is fuel-efficient, spacious, and extremely affordable. The 2016 Malibu was completely redesigned when it was released and came packaged with new features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, USB ports, Wi-Fi, an 8-inch touchscreen, and heated and ventilated front seats. It’s also on the IIHS list as a Top Safety Pick+ recipient. If you’re shopping for an inexpensive used midsize car, definitely consider the 2016 Malibu.


2016 Buick Encore

Pre-Owned 2016 Buick Encore

MILES PER GALLON: 25 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg

In 2016’s loaded subcompact SUV class, few vehicles can match the exquisiteness of the Buick Encore. It mixes fuel-efficiency with luxury exceedingly well – especially the Encore Sport Touring trim, which can usually be purchased used for under $20,000 – and has excellent safety ratings. Five-year cost for ownership, which factors in auto insurance, repair, maintenance, and fuel, is also below the segment’s average.


2016 Hyundai Tucson

Pre-Owned 2016 Hyundai Tucson

MILES PER GALLON: 26 city/33 highway/29 combined mpg

Often recognized as the best used compact crossover for the money, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson is worlds ahead of most competitors in the “green SUV” segment. The Tucson ECO trim is particularly great on gas, returning up to 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Like the Malibu, the 2016 Tucson was a complete revamp; it boasts a surprisingly non-compact interior that’s loaded with new features, including a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, dual-zone climate, an 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a USB connection. You’d be living in the Twilight Zone if you found a better used 2016 SUV for $15k.


2016 Toyota Avalon

Pre-Owned 2016 Toyota Avalon

MILES PER GALLON: 21 city/31 highway/24 combined mpg

Of all the inexpensive used large cars, the 2016 Toyota Avalon is clearly one of the finest. You’ll find that the ’16 Avalon has a long list of superb features, such as Toyota Entune with voice recognition, USB, Siri Eyes Free, wireless phone charging, and a premium 11-speaker JBL sound system. Plus, the 2016 Avalon comes with advanced safety technology like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning—all of which helped it win an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award. If you were to buy a new car for the same price as the used 2016 Avalon—about $18,000—you’d have to venture into the smaller midsize sedan segment.


2016-2017 Subaru Outback

Pre-Owned 2016-2017 Subaru Outback

MILES PER GALLON: 25 city/32 highway/28 combined mpg

With best-in-class maximum cargo space (73.3 cubic feet), the 2016 and 2017 Subaru Outback wagons are certainly the best off-road vehicles on this list. Even more impressive is its fuel economy; despite being an all-wheel-drive vehicle, this Subaru Outback returns a combined 28 miles per gallon. Features include a 6.2-inch touchscreen, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a moonroof, USB connections, and more. Another IIHS Top Safety Pick+ entry, the Outback also comes available with an auto-dimming rearview mirror and Subaru’s patented EyeSight safety suite, which includes automatic pre-collision braking, adaptive cruise control, and others.


Need additional help choosing a good used car or pre-owned SUV in Kansas City? Contact our McCarthy Pre-Owned Supercenter team at 816-224-7500 to ask about our used car specials, receive a trade-in estimate, or simply schedule a test drive. We’re here to help you find the right car at the right price.

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