#2. MPGs sell the 2010 Toyota Prius, not mediocre interior materials.
As we've documented several times over the past few years, new Toyota models don't exactly rival Volkswagen or even some Fords in the area of interior refinement. Our 2010 Toyota Prius test car was yet another reminder, filled with a plethora of hard plastic panels and bits, stiff leather upholstery that felt low-grade, and padded vinyl inserts on the doors. While not the most egregious offender we've encountered, the materials used to create the Prius's cabin would definitely benefit from an upgrade. To its credit, our $27,350 2010 Prius IV did offer little touches like fabric-covered visors and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, while all the plastic parts felt durable and secure.