Toyota applies the Prius name to a number of different vehicles. All are gas-electric hybrids, meaning that they're powered by an electric motor along with a gasoline engine — with the electric motor reducing the need to burn gas. The model range includes the subcompact Prius c, the Prius v wagon, the Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, and a model that's just called the Prius.
It's that last Prius version that wins the Buyer’s Choice Best Alternative Fuel Award. Out of the whole Prius family, this is the model that best balances utility, value, ease of use, refinement and gas mileage. Indeed, this versatile fuel-sipper makes it easy to save on gas — promising more than 50 miles per gallon — without demanding many sacrifices in return.