Unlike other websites and magazines, our ratings are not based solely on a singular road test, but rather a more encompassing batch of criteria: quality, safety, comfort, performance, fuel economy, reliability history and value. When comparing vehicles using our Rating System, it's important to note that the rating earned by each vehicle correlates only to the models within its class. For example, a compact car cannot be compared to a SUV—They are different vehicles altogether.
You can interpret our ratings in the following way:
5-Star: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.
4-Star: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.
3-Star: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.
2-Star: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.
1-Star: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.
2015 Toyota Prius OVERVIEW
The Toyota Prius is still a byword for fuel-efficient gas-electric hybrid technology. It's by far and away the most popular hybrid, with plenty of loyal owners. Despite the current generation beginning to get on in years, it remains a strong choice for buyers interested in saving fuel while still having a fairly spacious and practical car.
What's New for 2015
For 2015, the Prius gets a new Persona Series version based on the Prius Three trim level. Available in red or white, the Persona Series gets 17-inch alloy wheels with a dark metal finish, black leatherette seats, ambient interior lighting and metal-look accents everywhere inside.
Choosing Your Toyota Prius
The Prius essentially comes four model grades, differing mostly in interior equipment and some comfort features like a sunroof and navigation. All are powered by the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor for a net 134 horsepower and with front-wheel drive and a CVT only, making a combined EPA estimate of 50 mpg.
The Prius is no luxury car, so it's unfortunate you have to opt for the top-spec car to get safety features like lane keep assist and a head-up display. That said, the Three is a strong value at around $26,000 for a car close to midsize sedan territory that also gets fantastic fuel economy.
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