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The Prius is the most economical five-passenger car on the road that doesn't have to be plugged in. In our tests it averaged 44 mpg overall, slightly better on the highway but city mileage has fallen a bit. With light throttle input it can quietly propel itself on electric power up to 25 mph. The ride is firm yet steady, and handing is sound and secure although not particularly agile. The interior is roomy and the driving position has improved, but some controls take a bit of getting used to. The Prius family will expand, with the wagonlike Prius V coming first and a plug-in version arriving in 2012.

See Reliability page for the latest 2011 Toyota Prius recalls.

Safety Equipment

ABS standard. Side and head protection air bags available, standard from 2007. ESC available from 2004, standard from 2010. Forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking available from 2010, standard from 2017.

Road Test

Many people simply need a car to get efficiently and reliably from A to B, with little cost or fuss. For that, it's hard to beat the Toyota Prius, as it meets the basic transportation needs of just about everyone. At 44 mpg overall in our tests, only...

Highs

  • With 44 mpg overall, it gets the best gas mileage of any non-electric car
  • Spacious interior, with roomy rear seat

Lows

  • Devoid of driving enjoyment
  • Spartan interior

Best Version to Get

Most buyers should stick with a regular Prius and skip the Plug-in. Going with the basic Prius Two hybrid will satisfy most buyers. While getting the power driver's seat helps a wider variety of drivers fit comfortably, along with its power lumbar support, it forces you to get the top Five trim...

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
4-door hatchback
Transmissions Available
  • CVT
Engines Available
  • 1.8-liter 4 hybrid (134 hp)