Entries in Toyota Prius (2)


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 Announces the Plural of 'Prius'

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- It’s a decade-long debate. What do you call a pair of Toyota's Prius model?

The company on Sunday finally ended the confusion.

"The people have spoken,” said Colin Morisako, advertising manager for Toyota. “Prii will be the accepted term used to describe multiple Prius vehicles going forward."

Toyota’s decision comes after an online survey in which voters were asked to choose between five possible terms. The campaign was launched earlier this year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The automaker revealed the winner Sunday morning at the Chicago Auto Show.

Prii took 25 percent of the nearly two million votes cast; other options included Prius, Priuses, Prium and Prien. Falling just short was Prius, which collected 24 percent of the vote. has agreed to reflect the change on its website.

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