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 electric cars were more fuel efficient. Despite the apparent complication of the hybrid system, all of the Prius' technology is well-proven. The Toyota Prius has one of the lowest costs of ownership.
The hatchback body is aerodynamic and spacious for both people and cargo. Rear-seat space is on par with many midsized sedans, with plenty of cargo capacity to boot. Folding down the rear seats makes even more room.
While this all sounds good, don't confuse the Prius for being a saint. For example, while all seems quiet at low speeds when running on battery power alone, accelerating hard cranks out a lot of engine noise. Ride comfort is merely OK and road noise is pronounced. There's nothing luxurious about the cheap-looking interior either, and seat comfort is only average. Some controls, especially the shifter, take some getting used to, and the unique split back window reduces rear visibility.