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New cars: Toyota Prius

What the critics say about the $23,000 (est.) Toyota Prius

USA Today
Toyota’s redesigned Prius is “roomier, classier, more fuel-efficient, and all-around better.” But extras like a navigation system, solar roof panels, lane keeping, and radar cruise control can easily jack up the price to $30,000. This is also a “remarkably quiet” car, though the digital gauges are almost unreadable, especially if the driver is wearing sunglasses.

The New York Times
The Prius is one of the “genuine game-changers” in the world of automobiles, proving that hybrid gas-electric powertrains are not only feasible and reliable, but can also achieve cult-like status. It’s officially rated at an industry-leading 50 mpg, and we managed 69 mpg, even though the vehicle now weighs 3,042 pounds due to added crash protection.

Edmunds.com
The Prius’ iconic hybrid shape takes on a more sculpted look this time around, and the interior has been radically overhauled. Stereo and climate controls are now laid out in traditional fashion, with real buttons instead of touch screens, and the hybrid system display is higher on the dash, next to the digital speedometer. The Prius also offers impressive cargo space and a “surprisingly commodious back seat.”

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