Hybrid-Electrics Passing Test of Time

Consumer Reports finds satisfaction among gasoline-electric hybrid owners after doubts early on.

Published: 09-Mar-2005

U.S. motorists were first introduced to gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles six years ago, but the honeymoon is still going strong, according to an influential consumer survey.

The Toyota Prius, which features a gasoline-powered engine paired with a fuel-saving electric motor, won top marks in Consumer Reports magazine's owner satisfaction survey.

When the magazine asked owners if they would buy another Prius, 94 percent of 1,640 respondents said they would, beating out the 92 percent score achieved by the Lexus LS430 luxury sedan.

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