Most reliable used hybrid cars

Hybrid cars may offer low running costs, but does their complexity make them prone to faults and how do you choose a dependable one?...

Most reliable used hybrids

Hybrid cars are often expensive when new, so buying a used one looks like a good idea on paper. However, all that technology could mean costly repairs if something goes wrong.

With that in mind, we've rounded up the top five models for dependability (aged between six and 15 years old), based on the results of our most recent Reliability Survey, run in association with MotorEasy.

Each of the 18,119 respondents was asked how many faults their car had suffered in the previous 12 months, how long those took to be fixed and how much they had to pay out in repair bills. Then we used this data to give each model a unique reliability rating.

We’re running the What Car? Reliability Survey again for 2020, so once you’ve read this story, please tell us about the reliability of your own car.

Top 5 used hybrids for reliability

5. Toyota Prius (2009-2015)

Toyota Prius Mk3

Reliability rating 92.8%

Just 4% of Prius owners said their car went wrong, with trouble spots centred on the battery, engine and fuel system. Some of the cars were off the road for up to a week, and repair bills ranged from £101 to £750.  

Used Lexus IS 13-present

Reliability rating 96.6%

As with the Leaf and Prius, the IS is actually a very reliable car, even if it isn’t perfect. Only 7% of IS owners reported a fault, and the only areas affected were the wheels and tyres. All of the cars could still be driven and were fixed the same day for a cost of between £301 and £500.   

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3. Lexus RX (2009-2016)

Lexus RX 450h

Reliability rating 97.7%

Just 4% of previous-generation RX owners told us their car had gone wrong, and the only problem area was the exhaust system. All cars could still be driven and were fixed in less than a week; repair bills ranged from £301 to £500. 

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2. Toyota Auris Hybrid (2013-2019)

Toyota Auris

Reliability rating 98.5%

The Auris Hybrid is almost as durable as the Lexus CT as the years pile on. A mere 6% of owners reported a fault with their car and the only area concerned was the battery. The faults were fixed for free in less than a day.


1. Lexus CT (2011-present)

Lexus CT 200h

Reliability rating 99.5%

The CT may not be the most exciting car to drive, but it definitely is one of the most dependable and complete a clean sweep of the top five places for Toyota and its Lexus luxury division. In our charts for newer cars up to five years old, the CT scored a perfect 100% for reliability, and it hardly dips from this as it gets older. Only 4% of cars had a problem and all were related to the battery. All of the troubled cars were fixed the same day for free. 

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