The Toyota Prius is practical and efficient with plenty of cargo space, but newer competitors are nipping at the heels of this perennial favorite.
Sam Moses, Mitch McCullough and Laura Burstein contributed to this report.
Model Line Overview
Toyota Prius Two ($24,200); Prius Three ($25,765); Persona Series Special Edition ($27,130); Prius Four ($28,435); Prius Five ($30,005); Prius Plug-in Hybrid ($32,000), Plug-in Hybrid Advanced ($39,525)
dual-stage frontal airbags, side-impact airbags in front, airbag curtains, driver's knee airbag, tire pressure monitor; ABS with EBD, VSC electronic stability control, traction control; Smart Stop Technology; active headrests, LATCH
Safety equipment (optional):
Pre-Collision System, Lane Keep Assist, radar cruise control; Safety Connect
3 years/36,000 miles
Specifications As Tested
Model tested (MSRP):
Toyota Prius Three ($25,765)
automatic air conditioning (with electric air compressor); fabric upholstery; AM/FM/MP3 CD player with six speakers and satellite radio capability; driver door Smart Key system with Push Button Start and remote illuminated entry; Multi-Informational Display with an energy monitor and fuel consumption history; six-way adjustable driver seat; power door locks; auto up/down on all windows with window jam protection; cruise control; tilt/telescopic adjustable steering wheel with audio and HVAC controls; color-keyed foldable power heated side mirrors; dual sun visors with vanity mirrors; and tonneau cover; hands-free phone capability via Bluetooth wireless technology
Options as tested (MSRP):
Gas guzzler tax:
Price as tested (MSRP):
1.8-liter 16-valve Atkinson Cycle plus 650V electric generator motor assist
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:
Head/hip/leg room, f:
Head/hip/leg room, m:
Head/hip/leg room, r:
21.6 cu. ft.
independent, MacPherson strut
disc/disc with ABS, EBD
Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of January 27, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges.
N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
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