Pros: Outstanding fuel economy; well-designed cabin provides decent passenger space for the size; futuristic yet ergonomic dashboard layout
Cons: Middling acceleration; few stand-alone options; uninspiring handling
CG Says: The Toyota Prius is a fine compact car that just happens to achieve some of the best fuel economy we’ve ever experienced. There are some compromises, namely in terms of acceleration, rear visibility, and a somewhat cheap-looking interior. In the grand scheme, these are fairly minor niggles given the car’s decent ride, accommodating cabin, and exceptional cargo versatility. Our top Prius picks are the II, III, and IV models, which offer most every feature buyers could want at very aggressive prices.