Prius Considered Best Used Hybrid By Edmunds

Edmunds.com unveiled its 17 Best Used Cars for 2013 list. A total of nine brands are represented on the list; Honda and Toyota led the pack with four vehicles each – followed by Ford, with three vehicles that earned the accolade.

Top in the hybrid segment is the 2006-2011 Toyota Prius, which is explained as follow on Edmunds’ Web site:

After testing the waters with the cramped first-generation Prius, Toyota pulled out all the stops with its second-generation hybrid, which debuted for 2004. That established the template for this iconic hybrid car. The Prius’ snub-nosed hatchback design devotes most of the car’s body length to passenger and cargo space. The result is a large cabin that provides midsize-sedan room within a compact footprint, making the Prius a snap to park in tight spaces.

The following generation, which debuted in 2010, continued the successful four-door hatchback formula, adding a more conventional center stack design and providing more comfort for taller owners via a height-adjustable driver seat and telescoping steering wheel adjustment. Of course, no matter what Prius you choose, it will get excellent fuel economy. Thankfully, that frugality doesn’t come at the expense of respectable performance, as there is more than adequate power on tap for dealing with city traffic as well as passing and merging on the freeway.

“There are a lot of popular cars on this list, and that’s not a surprise,” says Edmunds.com Editor in Chief Scott Oldham. “Wider availability of a particular vehicle almost always translates to more competitive prices and better value for used car shoppers.”

Edmunds.com’s annual 2013 Best Used Cars selections are based on vehicle reliability, safety, value and availability.

Edmunds.com editors considered their own professional experiences with the cars and examined consumer ratings, NHTSA and IIHS crash test results, and Edmunds.com’s True Market Value (TMV) prices and True Cost to Own (TCO) data. Eligibility was limited to 2006-2011 model year vehicles with model year vehicles.

The full list of segment winners is as follow:

Subcompact Sedan: 2007-2011 Honda Fit

Compact Sedan: 2006-2011 Hyundai Elantra

Midsize Sedan: 2007-2011 Ford Fusion

Large Sedan: 2006-2011 Toyota Avalon

Coupe: 2006-2011 Honda Accord

Convertible: 2006-2011 Volvo C70

Wagon: 2006-2011 Subaru Outback

Compact SUV/Crossover: 2006-2011 Honda CR-V

Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2006-2011 Toyota Highlander

Large SUV/Crossover: 2007-2011 Mazda CX-9

Minivan/Van: 2006-2011 Honda Odyssey

Compact Truck: 2006-2011 Toyota Tacoma

Large Truck: 2006-2011 Ford F-150

Luxury: 2006-2011 Infiniti G35/G37/G25

Hybrid: 2006-2011 Toyota Prius

Two-Seat Sports Car: 2006-2011 Chevrolet Corvette

Performance Car: 2006-2011 Ford Mustang GT