The Prius's 52 mpg overall is a phenomenal achievement. It's a significant improvement over the previous generation's 44 mpg overall.  There's more going on with the fourth-generation Prius than just fuel sipping, though. It still packs the traits Prius owners have come to love, such as hatchback versatility and just enough quirks.
Toyota Prius Road Test

The Prius's 52 mpg overall is a phenomenal achievement. It's a significant improvement over the previous generation's 44 mpg overall. 

There's more going on with the fourth-generation Prius than just fuel sipping, though. It still packs the traits Prius owners have come to love, such as hatchback versatility and just enough quirks. The improved handling and more sculpted styling are meant to inject a younger persona to the Prius.

The hybrid' s powertrain allows the gas engine to shut down frequently when it's not needed, in turn saving fuel. Aerodynamic styling also helps. The car can run on electric power which is helpful in city driving. This enabled the Prius to achieve 43 mpg in our city cycle and 59 mpg on the highway. An all-wheel-drive version is also available and slightly sacrifices fuel economy.  

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We'd opt for at least the XLE trim, but be aware that not all options for the front-wheel drive model are available on the all-wheel drive version--such as lumbar support adjustment.
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