Consumer Reports: How Does the Prius Stack Up?

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Fuel-efficient cars are poised for a showdown, with Ford and Toyota both recently announcing EPA-estimated fuel economy figures. For consumers, this means fresh, compelling choices in the small and family sedan categories. While we have not run our own tests on the Ford Fusion Hybrid and Toyota Prius, the estimated government figures can provide an interesting basis for comparison. (See the video on how we test fuel economy.)

For perspective, the chart below includes current, comparable models, again with EPA numbers. Looked at together, we can see fuel efficiency increasing in these mainstream vehicle segments making it easier to save at the pump.

2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid
EPA City mpg: 41
EPA Highway mpg: 36

2010 Honda Insight
EPA City mpg: 40
EPA Highway mpg: 43

2010 Toyota Prius
EPA City mpg: 50
EPA Highway mpg: 49



2009 Honda Civic Hybrid
EPA City mpg: 40
EPA Highway mpg: 45

2009 Toyota Camry Hybrid
EPA City mpg: 33
EPA Highway mpg: 34

2009 Toyota Prius
EPA City mpg: 48
EPA Highway mpg: 45



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