The Toyota Prius has been extremely popular ever since it was first introduced worldwide in the year 2000. The Prius has always been at or near the top in EPA mileage ratings, and with gasoline prices spiking on a regular basis, that has been very welcome to America’s drivers. For a long time, however, the Prius was only available in one model. Toyota has now expanded the appeal of the Prius by making it available in four different models.
The Standard Prius
The standard Prius is the model that started it all in 2000. The current version is quite similar to the original, with a few minor upgrades and changes in body style. It is still the vehicle that most people think of when they hear the word, “Prius.” It remains the world’s most popular hybrid car, with sales that have far exceeded that of any other hybrid. Toyota dealers still have a hard time keeping them in stock.
The Prius C
The c, is for “compact,” was first made available in the U.S. in 2012. If you’re lucky, your local Toyota dealership has them in stock. We say “if you’re lucky” because the c, is in very high demand. The c, came out just before the most recent series of gas price hikes in summer 2012, and every single one was snapped up. Fear not, though—more are on the way. The Prius c is rated the same in fuel economy as the regular Prius (50 combined MPG), on the highway, but does even better in the city. It also is smaller and costs less than the regular Prius, making it the perfect city car.
The Prius V
Some people didn’t buy a Prius because it couldn’t hold all of their stuff. They wanted a bigger Prius, and Toyota listened to them. Toyota dealerships introduced the v, in the U.S. in 2011 for the 2012 model year. The Prius v features over 50% more cargo room than the regular Prius, yet it still gets a combined 42 MPG (compared to 50 for the Prius and Prius c). The Prius v has proved extremely popular with families, since it seats as many people and holds as much cargo as most other midsize sedans, but with much better fuel economy.
The Prius Plug-In
The Plug-In Hybrid can be charged with regular household A/C current. It can also be recharged at the electric vehicle charging stations that are gradually appearing in cities all over the country. The Plug-In has an electric-only range of about 15 miles, making it the first Prius that can make short trips without using the gasoline engine at all.
The Prius Family is now going on virtual tour, with advertisements on TV and Facebook. Check YouTube and other social media for the Prius Family’s new song, “Hum.” Hum along with the song as you think about humming down the road in your new Prius.