1. 2014 Toyota Prius c - 50 mpg
$19,890 (incl. $810 delivery fee)
53 mpg city / 46 mpg hwy / 50 mpg combined
Launched in 2012, the littlest Prius is a subcompact, and beyond marginally better fuel economy, it’s also the lowest priced of the bunch.
Not surprisingly, it consistently ranks in the top-four saleswise, and only other Toyota hybrids beat it – these being the Prius v, Camry, and of course, regular Prius Liftback.
Its city figure is where it really shines, and to be sure, the lower-case “c” in its name stands for this. The car weighs 500 pounds less than the Prius Liftback from which it borrows the other part of its name, and the Hybrid Synergy Drive’s electric motor is put to maximum effect in sedate around-town driving.
With careful use, this is one hybrid that can beat its EPA number and it is certainly not difficult to match the official score unless you have a heavy foot.
Utility is decent with the Prius c, and four fit more comfortably than five, but it is capable of handling five passengers.
Styling and optional connectivity add to its being a popular choice, not to mention the credibility that comes from Brand T.