EPA Fuel Economy: 51/48 mpg
The poster mainstream hybrid is still the segment’s most popular vehicle, and Toyota has sold over a million copies of the Prius in the U.S. since 2000. The aerodynamic, functional exterior helps keep reduce drag at highway speeds but isn’t necessarily the most pleasing design on the road. The entry price takes into account a long list of standard equipment like power mirrors, automatic climate control, push-button start, Bluetooth, and an iPod audio connection.
The Prius uses Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive, which combines a 98-hp, 1.8-liter inline-four gasoline engine and an 80-hp electric motor/generator. The ride can be uncomfortable and acceleration is only adequate, but the Prius makes up for any driving deficits with its stellar fuel economy. It’s the second-most efficient model on this list, after the pint-sized Prius C, with EPA tests promising up to 51 mpg in the city.