PHOTO CAPTION: Toyota's third generation Prius hybrid-electric car.

Toyota's Prius Is Still King of the Hybrids

Orange County Register's Matt Degen finally takes a spin in third general Prius.

Published: 01-Jan-2011

How is it that I’ve driven every kind of “green” and alt-fuel car imaginable, yet hadn’t set foot in Toyota’s latest Prius? In the past year I’ve piloted everything from a right-hand-drive, Japanese-spec Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicle to Honda’s hydrogen-powered FCX Clarity, not to mention various diesels and the Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf. Yet somehow I hadn’t gotten around to reviewing the car that is synonymous with the word “hybrid.”

That finally changed when I test-drove the all-new, third-generation Toyota Prius, and after a week in the thing, I can see what all the hoopla is about.

I mean, 50 miles per gallon, seriously? Yes, seriously.


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