A bigger Prius
The Toyota Prius, of course, is a seminal car in the history of auto electrification. When it was released worldwide in 2001, few in the auto industry thought Toyota would make money on a car that had both an electric powertrain and internal combustion engine. But environmentally minded consumers proved them wrong. Now Toyota is expanding its line with a smaller Prius C, a plug-in Prius, and this Prius V, a wagon that offers more room than the traditional Prius but is smaller than a minivan or SUV. With its hybrid system optimized for efficiency, the Prius V is rated at 40 mpg city and 44 for highway.
February 6, 2012 4:00 AM PST
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