Once you’ve more or less decided that you want to buy a used hybrid car, getting into the specifics of which make and model you want, along with its particular options and features, means you’ll probably be checking out a number of choices. Since one key area to look into is safety, here we take a look at the top five safest used hybrid cars.

2013 Ford Fusion Energi – An extended-range plug-in version of the 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the 2013 Ford Fusion Energi boasts strong safety marks that include an overall five-star crash test rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Available high-tech features include adaptive cruise control, automated parking assist, blind-spot detection, rear cross-traffic alert, driver drowsiness detection, lane-departure warning, lane assist, and collision warning with brake support. Only available in two trims SE and Titanium, used pricing is in the range of $28,946 to $37,480 (Titanium).

2013 Toyota Prius Continuing at the head of the hybrid pack, the 2013 Toyota Prius hatchback offers superior fuel economy, plenty of backseat room, a comfortable ride, lots of cargo space and strong safety scores. Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, stability and traction control, front side airbags, side curtain airbags and a driver knee airbag. The Prius Five (top trim) includes a pre-collision warning system and a lane-departure warning system. In NHTSA testing, the 2013 Prius earned a perfect five-star overall safety rating. The IIHS awarded the Prius Top Safety Pick status for achieving a “Good” rating in frontal-offset, side and roof strength tests. Pricing ranges from about $19,988 to $30,000.

2012-2013 Honda Civic Hybrid – Boasting a five-star overall NHTSA safety rating, the 2012 and 2013 Honda Civic Hybrid are strong contenders for any list of safest used hybrids. The 2013 Honda Civic, in addition to standard electronic stability control, also has available forward collision warning and lane departure warning systems. Other Honda Civic safety features include side airbags, front and rear head curtain airbags, and front seat-mounted torso airbags, antilock brakes and daytime running lights. In IIHS testing, the Honda Civic Hybrid earned Top Safety Pick status for both years, with the addition of the highest “Good” rating in the new front small overlap test for 2013, giving the Civic Top Safety Pick+ designation. Look for pricing from about $18,300 to $19,151.

2011-2013 Chevrolet VoltIn the view of many in the automotive press, the Chevrolet Volt provides the best all-electric range (about 300 miles) of any plug-in hybrid. The midsize four-door sedan only seats four, in contrast to other hybrid cars that seat five. Standard safety features include antilock brakes, stability control, front-seat side-impact airbags, front knee airbags and full-length side curtain airbags. OnStar is also standard, including automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation. Optional safety equipment includes a rearview camera, front/rear part assist, forward collision and lane-departure warning systems. The Chevrolet Volt has a five-star overall NHTSA safety rating and an IIHS Top Safety Pick designation. Chevrolet Volt pricing on the used car market ranges from about $22,000 to $27,000.

2013 Lexus RX 450hAlthough it is expensive compared to the non-hybrid version, the 2013 Lexus RX 450h is considered one of the most fuel-efficient luxury SUVs. The RX 450h midsize SUV seats five comfortably, has many standard features and boasts a smooth ride. Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, traction and stability control, front and rear side airbags, side curtain airbags and front knee airbags. The standard Safety Connect emergency communications system includes automatic collision notification, emergency assist button and stolen vehicle location services. The optional adaptive cruise control system includes a pre-collision warning. The 2013 Lexus RX 450h in all-wheel drive configuration earned a five-star NHTSA overall safety rating. Pricing used ranges from around $49,300 to $58,000.

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