Why The Toyota Prius Is So Popular
The Toyota Prius is often mocked by car enthusiasts and “manly men” as a family car, equivalent to a minivan made for soccer moms. Despite the mockery, however, the Toyota Prius is a very popular car that outsells virtually every other model on the market today. To fully understand why the Toyota Prius is so popular and help drivers decide whether purchasing a Prius would be a good decision, we have compiled a list of several factors that make the Toyota Prius stand out among the rest.
1. Excellent Fuel Economy
When it comes to fuel economy, the Toyota Prius is one of the best-performing vehicles available. With a four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, the Toyota Prius outputs 134 HP and is capable of reaching a top speed of 112 MPH. Prius owners rarely ever visit a gas pump thanks to its fuel economy of 51 MPG in the city and 48 MPG on the highway, making it ideal for day-to-day driving.
In addition to its excellent fuel economy, the Toyota Prius is also very spacious. The Prius is often admired for its extensive leg room in the rear passenger seating area as well as its trunk space. Depending on the specific model, the Toyota Prius can have a cargo space of anywhere between 10 – 15 cubic feet with rear passengers that fold completely flat. The Prius also features 21.6 cubic feet of trunk space, giving it as much cargo area as a small SUV.
Though the Toyota Prius isn’t exactly a sports car, it is relatively stylish for a compact car. The Toyota Prius features a rounded body and is usually available in either a blue or silver color off the lot. With powered, black leather seats, tinted windows, and a sunroof, the Toyota Prius is a nice family car that can double as a midnight cruiser for anyone who likes to look good while driving around town.
When it comes to technology, the Toyota Prius has you covered. The vehicle features auxiliary and USB ports for charging and connecting to handheld devices, an HD radio that features an eight-speaker JBL sound system, and a touch-screen display that is capable of displaying GPS routes, browsing the Internet, and connecting to Pandora Radio. The vehicle also features automatic collision notification, a stolen vehicle locator, and an emergency SOS button for law enforcement or roadside assistance.
Despite its many advanced features, the Toyota Prius is also very affordable for any small or mid-sized household. U.S. News ranked the 2013 Toyota Prius as number 8 in a study of 35 reviews and test drives with a MSRP of $23,215 - $30,005 and an average price of $24,090 - $29,392, depending on where the vehicle is purchased and any additional features that the driver has installed upon purchase.
Brandon is from Motorscore.com, the world's leading car review aggregator.