Behind the Wheel of the 2004 Prius

Larger, more powerful Prius offers higher fuel economy than predecessor

Published: 12-Nov-2003

lass=articleSpacer>Fuel economy, performance, styling and roominess are all improved in the world's best-selling gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius.

Best of all, the new-generation, 2004 Prius - which went on sale in the United States this fall and is rated at an impressive 60 miles a gallon in city driving and 51 mpg on the highway - is priced the same as its predecessor, the 2003 Prius. Starting manufacturer's suggested retail price, including destination charge, remains at $20,510.

The new Prius is just $370 more than the 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid, which is a smaller four-door, gas-electric car.

Also, the Prius, which comes standard with many features including air conditioning, traction control and antilock brakes, is priced $230 less than a 2003 Honda Insight with air conditioning. The Insight, a small, two-seat gas-electric car, is priced at $20,740. (Prices for the 2004 Honda Insight have not yet been released.)

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