The 2010 redesign preserved all of the Prius virtues, while improving the driving position, making stability control standard, and adding a larger engine.
Although acceleration and the 44 mpg overall fuel economy remained the same, the car offered better crash protection and more available amenities.
Typically, the car propels itself on electric power up to about 25 mph, and then the engine starts to provide motivation, as well as recharging the battery.
Brake pedal feel is a bit touchy, but easy to get used to.
The ride is firm and handling a bit reluctant.
Still, the hatchback configuration, upright stance and roomy rear seat make the Prius one of the most sensible choices out there.
Throw in bulletproof reliability and low running costs and you have an ideal transportation solution.
Just be aware the car is mundane to drive, loud on rough pavement, buzzy when accelerating hard and the interior is rather cheap in look and feel.
Don't bother with the plug-in version; it's more expensive and thanks to a very short battery-only range, brings little advantage over the regular Prius.