48 city 45 hwy (46 combined)
493 miles per full tank (11.9 gallons)
Annual Fuel Cost: $599
Base MSRP: $22,000
The Toyota Prius first hit the Japanese market in 1997 and was the first mass-produced hybrid car in the world. Since then, after a somehwat slow start, the Prius has taken off and more Prius's have been sold since its introduction than all other hybrids combined. Toyota is now selling its second generation Prius and will soon be releasing a third generation, way ahead of the competition. The Prius is particularly popular in the US where it also holds the distinction of getting the highest gas mileage of any car on the market. On top of the stellar mileage performance, Prius's also rate extremely high for reliability and customer satisfaction.