The Prius is no longer just about mpg, says Toyota’s marketers, but if you’re interested, the official EPA certification results are in.
Due to go on sale this January, all numbers previously reported as provisional are now official, said Toyota media rep Sam Butto.
Specifically, five of the six total trim levels will be rated 54 mpg city, 50 highway, 52 combined, and the lighter Prius Two Eco promises 58 city, 53 highway, 56 combined.
The 2015 Prius was rated 51 mpg city, 48 highway, 50 combined.
In our test drive last month, the numbers were easily met, and with a little care, they can be beat, though hard usage will conversely see less than the advertised number.
Cold weather also adversely affects hybrids with their cold-sensitive batteries, and the EPA says as a type, their mpg can vary more than conventional cars which also are adversely affected by cold.
As it is, the Prius has the highest EPA ratings of any non-plug-in car. It’s classed as a midsized vehicle, and prices range from $24,200 for Prius Two to $30,000 for Prius Four Touring. An $835 destination fee is added to MSRP, and this may vary for cars distributed by Southeast Toyota and Gulf States Toyota.