Toyota Prius Beats Original Honda Insight To Become CR’s New Fuel Economy Champion

Toyota’s Prius hybrid hatch has topped the relevant charts over at Consumer Reports by returning a measured 52 mpg combined.

This result crowns the latest Toyota Prius as the car with the best gas mileage ever to be recorded by CR, knocking off the original Honda Insight hybrid from the top spot after staying there since 2000.

Powered by a hybrid powertrain that pairs a 97hp 1.8-litre petrol engine with a 71hp electric motor for a combined total of 121hp, the Prius uses the same recipe as the previous generations, only better.

Toyota made small upgrades to various parts of the car, from the aerodynamics to the energy efficiency, with all of them contributing to the Prius’ great results at the pump.

More specifically, fuel economy was measured at 59mpg (4.0 l/100km) on the highway and 43mpg (5.5 l/100km) on the city course, leading to the combined 52mpg (4.5 l/100km) figure, remaining impressively close to the official EPA-rated 54/50/52 (city/highway/combined mpg).

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