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Toyota Prius Tops "Consumer Reports" Ratings

Toyota(NEW YORK) -- The Toyota Prius topped Consumer Reports' annual list of Best and Worst New-Car Values for the first time, with the magazine saying the hybrid’s cost to operate is about one-half that of a conventional vehicle.

The Prius (at 26,$750 for the Four model) knocked the much cheaper $16,915 base-price Honda Fit out of first place -- a position that car has held for the past four years.  Consumer Reports said the Fit’s lower reliability rating was the reason for its fall from number one.

At 49 cents a mile to operate, the Prius costs about half as much to run than the average car, said the magazine, which looked at over 200 models for its annual buying guide.  

Consumer Reports looks at the five-year cost of ownership for each vehicle, road-test scores and predicted reliability.  Toyota and its Lexus cars topped the best values in six of 10 of the magazine's categories.

These are some of the Consumer Reports best and worst values in the most popular categories:

  • Best Value Small Hatchbacks: Toyota Prius Four
  • Worst Value Small Hatchbacks: Ford Focus SE
  • Best Value Family Sedan: Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
  • Worst Value Family Sedan: Chrysler 200 Limited (V6)
  • Best Value Large-Luxury SUV: Lexus RX 350
  • Worst Value Large-Luxury SUV: Nissan Armada Platinum
  • Best Value Minivan-Wagon: Toyota Prius V Three
  • Worst Value Minivan-Wagon: Chrysler Town & Country Touring-L
  • Best Value Small SUV: Honda CR-V EX
  • Worst Value Small SUV: Mini Cooper Countryman S

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Toyota Unveils New Prius Plug-In Hybrid

Mark Renders/Getty Images(RICHMOND, Calif.) -- Toyota unveiled the new Prius Plug-in Hybrid at the annual Green Drive Expo in Richmond, Va. Friday.

The newest member of the Prius family features the benefits of the standard Prius model's hybrid vehicle operation, more affordable pricing than pure electric or range-extender type vehicles and a quick home charging option that uses a standard AC outlet.

The 2012 Prius Plug-in Hybrid seats five is slated to achieve 87 miles per gallon equivalent in combined driving and 49 mpg in hybrid mode. In keeping with the continuity of former Prius models, the new Prius will feature the same Hybrid Synergy Drive system that seamlessly shifts the car into hybrid operation at a pre-determined state of battery charge

More than one million Prius models have been sold in the U.S. since the first-generation model was introduced for model-year 2001.

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Toyota Recalls 52,000 Prius Vehicles

Mark Renders/Getty Images(TORRANCE, Calif.) -- Toyota has issued a voluntary recall for 52,000 Prius vehicles sold in the U.S. that the company is saying could experience steering problems.

"If the steering wheel is repeatedly and strongly turned to the full-lock position, there is a possibility the nuts securing the pinion shaft in the steering gear box assembly may become loose," the company said in a press release Wednesday.

Toyota says that if the vehicle is continuously operated in that fashion, operators -- over time -- will "gradually notice significant increased steering effort when making a left turn."

The recall affects Prius model years 2001-2003.

The automaker says dealers will make safety upgrades at no charge.

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Toyota Dealerships in US Facing Shortage of Prius Hybrids

Toyota(TOKYO) -- As Japan wrestles with its radiation and earthquake problems, half a world away, U.S. car dealers are wrestling with another problem.

Hybrids remain in high demand, especially with the recent rise in gas prices, but some dealerships are running out of inventory.

Some Toyota showrooms in the country don't have any more models of its hybrid, the Prius, left in stock.  The Japanese automaker will not be able to restock its supply until full production of the vehicles can resume in Japan.

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Toyota Expanding Line of Hybrid Cars

Toyota(AICHI, JAPAN) -- Toyota is expanding its line of eco-friendly hybrid cars just as news comes that gas prices have reached their highest levels in years.

The Japanese carmaker announced plans to add a five-seat Prius wagon and seven-seat minivan to the lineup of gas-electric cars. The wagon will come equipped with a lithium-ion battery, a first for a Prius. The vehicles are expected to make their debut in the U.S. later this summer.

Toyota plans to add nearly a dozen new models to its hybrid lineup in the next few years.

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Toyota Halts Production at Several Plants Over Heavy Snow

Photo Courtesy - Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images(TOKYO) -- Toyota Motor Corp. announced it would temporarily suspend operations at nearly a dozen plants in central Japan Monday as heavy snow moves into the area, disrupting auto parts delivery.

The plants affected are all in Aichi Prefecture and include facilities that assemble the Prius -- Toyota's popular hybrid vehicle.  The automaker said it will add extra working hours to make up for the delay and plans to resume production on Tuesday.

Monday's suspension is the first time Toyota has halted production at this level since 2005.

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