Typical cost: $22,279
Compared to: Toyota Camry LE 4-cylinder
Hybrid cost premium: $2,303 (Based on Edmunds.com "True Market Value." No tax credits are available on Toyota vehicles.)
Overall mpg vs. non-hybrid: 46 vs. 29.9
Annual fuel savings: $543 (175 gallons)
The comparison to a 4-cylinder Camry makes sense because the Prius offers almost the same amount of interior space. Since the Prius was designed from the wheels up as a hybrid vehicle, its hatchback body style offers ample storage space.
The Prius' hybrid-only design also allowed engineers to maximize its fuel economy. For instance, the Prius gains fuel economy through its unique aerodynamic shape as well as through its hybrid drivetrain.
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