The decision to buy a Toyota Prius used to be an easy one when there was only one body style to choose from. Recently that changed when Toyota introduced an entire lineup of Prius’ vehicles including the new body styles of the Prius V and Prius C. While the decision to choose the Prius for your next hybrid is still a great choice, now you will have to do a little more research to decide which Prius is right for you.
For the City Driver
Toyota took notice that many drivers are interested in owning smaller cars, so they introduced the Prius C. The Prius C is great at fitting in those hard to find parking spots in the city, plus it even comes at a smaller starting price tag than the regular Prius model. The Prius C gets similar gas mileage as the other Prius models, and slightly outperforms them in the city. It is estimated at 51 miles per gallon while city driving. The Prius C has a more compact design that many consumers find appealing, but with the new design comes less space. If you constantly drive with multiple passengers, or need a lot of space, the Prius V might be the better choice for you.
For the Family
The Prius V is the bigger and more family accomdating version of America’s favorite hybrid. Toyota created the Prius V with cargo space in mind. It has a total of 34.3 cubic feet of cargo room. The Prius V has a larger body and design than the other choices, and with this comes slightly worse fuel economy. The Prius V is estimated at 44 mpg in the city and 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Considering it has more space than many SUVs, this is still really great fuel economy!
The All-Around Choice
You really can’t go wrong with the 2014 Prius model. It has a similar design that has made the Prius so popular over the last decade, and it is extremely versatile and efficient. The Prius can comfortably fit five people, and has plenty of storage in the back since you can fold the seats down. The fuel economy is still great, estimated at 51 miles per gallon in the city and 48 miles per gallon on the highway.
For the MPG Enthusiast
If you want the absolute best MPG possible, you will want to consider the Prius plug-in vehicle. The Prius plug-in doesn’t need to be plugged in to run since it still has a gas engine, however if you charge it regularly you will increase you average MPG significantly. Besides the difference in economy, the plug-in version is very similar to the standard Prius. It can comfortably seat up to five people and has a 60/40 folding back seat. It’s styling is also nearly identical.