Toyota Prius

Toyota Prius hybrid information: everything you need to know if you own it, are thinking of buying one or just want to find out more about Toyota’s hybrid trailblazer. Click on the links below for all of CAR magazine’s news, reviews, videos, scoops and spy photos of the Toyota Prius range. We list the top 10 stories for each model – and where appropriate you can click on ‘More’ to browse even more of our archive.

Background
Toyota describes the Prius as the world’s favourite hybrid, and with some justification: it’s shifted more than three million of them worldwide. Now in its third generation, it was one of the first volume production cars to team up a petrol engine with an electric motor and battery pack to useful effect and has earned a legion of fans – and detractors – in the process. There’s also a plug-in version, with the ability to pre-charge the battery pack from the mains so you have maximum electric range from the get-go. For more information on the Toyota Prius, click on our further stories on the links below.

60sec road test
The current-gen Toyota Prius is still one of the best affordable hybrids and a great improvement over its predecessor. It’s more efficient and speedier than before, its automatic CVT transmission is less intrusive and there’s usable electric range around town, especially from the plug-in variant. It’s roomy, refined and easier to live with day-to-day than ever but it’s a shame it’s still zero fun to drive.

The one we’d buy
The plug-in, if you factor in the government grant discount

The one we’d avoid like the plague
They’re all much of a muchness

Rivals to consider
BMW i3 REX, Honda Insight, Vauxhall Ampera

For
One of the originals, and to some, still the best

Against
Weird dashboard, remote driving experience, smug image

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