The product-testing organization said Wednesday that the Prius, which retails for $29,230, "has the right combination of performance, reliability and low estimated five-year ownership costs of 47 cents per mile."
To create its rankings, Consumer Reports tested over 200 vehicles currently on the market, looking at road-test scores, reliability and five-year owner-cost estimates. The Honda Fit, this year's runner-up, held the number-one spot in the Consumer Reports ranking for four years running before it was unseated by Toyota's ( Prius last year. )
The top-performing vehicle among luxury cars was the Lexus ES 300h, while the Honda ( Ridgeline TRS won out among pickups. The Subaru Legacy 2.5i Premium took the top spot among midsized cars. )
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