Number 1: 2001-2003 Toyota Prius
Engine: 1.5-liter inline-4
Fuel Type: Regular
EPA fuel economy (city/highway): 42/41 (continuously variable transmission)
Price range: $12,750-17,250
JD Power Dependability: 4.5 out of 5
Really, are you surprised? The previous-generation Toyota Prius may not have achieved the cult status of the current Prius, but it was still a milestone in automotive fuel-saving technology. Besides, it was also a pretty decent compact sedan and makes a smart used car, with good passenger and cargo room. Throw in that outstanding gas mileage, and you have a winner.
Photo credit: Toyota