Since the debut of the second-generation Toyota Prius in 2003, the quintessential gas-electric hybrid has risen from a niche product to become Toyota’s third-best-selling model in the United States. While many companies are introducing their first gas-electric models, Toyota began selling the third-generation of the Toyota Prius in spring 2009.
The third edition of the Prius is bigger and more powerful than the model it replaced. The four-cylinder engine grew in displacement from 1.5 liters to 1.8 liters and, combined with a 36 kW electric motor, boosts horsepower from 110 to 134. The result is a reduction in zero-to-60 time by a full second. Additionally, the body is about four inches longer and about an inch wider. Despite the added power and size, the 2011 Toyota Prius is the only gas-powered vehicle available today to offer 50 miles per gallon in combined city/highway driving.
Base MSRP: $22,800
MPG: 51 city / 48 highway