Despite being flooded with options, with consumer friendly cars and pocket friendly ones, the good old gas-electric hybrid, the 2004 Prius, is still top notch. These models especially reduce pollution, in comparison with non-hybrid vehicles.
The latest Consumer Reports sat that hybrids are big time yes for your wallet! The report named Toyota Prius hybrid as the “best overall value for the automotive dollar” that also, by the way, gives you most for your money. And it doesn’t end there, the report has given Prius this title for the second consecutive time.
The report says thus: The popular hybrid has the right combination of performance, reliability and low estimated five-year ownership costs of 47 cents per mile. Last year, the Prius unseated the perennial best-value leader, the Honda Fit. The Fit had held the best new-car value title for the previous four years.
“The Prius’ 44 mpg overall is the best fuel economy of any non-plug-in car that Consumer Reports has tested,” said Consumer Reports Automotive Editor Rik Paul. “Though it’s not particularly cheap to buy, the Prius’ depreciation is so low that it costs less to own over the first five years than its initial MSRP. We call that a bargain.”
The ranks were placed after studying the five-year owner cost for each vehicle, along with the road-test score and the organization’s predicted-reliability score. So if a car figures in the Consumer Reports best list, it means that it would cost less to your pocket.
Interestingly many other cars ranked by the report were also hybrids like Toyota Prius Four, Subaru Legacy 2.5i PremiumToyota Avalon Hybrid Limited; Worst, and Ford Taurus Limited, for various categories.