When the word “hybrid” is spoken, we’re willing to bet you envision a Toyota Prius. With its well-earned reputation as the poster child of eco-conscious motoring, the 2015 Toyota Prius is definitely top of mind when it comes to gasoline/electric hybrid automobiles; even with practically every other automaker offering such a powertrain.
Currently in its fourth generation, and accounting for more than 40 percent of the total hybrid sales volume in the US, the Toyota Prius has been around since 1997 in Japan. The model came to the States in 2000, and has since gone multi-platinum, selling in excess of four million copies. For the record, “Prius” is a Latin word meaning “to go before”. The official plural designation of the word Prius is “Prii”.
The first mass-produced gasoline-electric hybrid, a number of formidable competitors have emerged over the years. Among them are the Ford Fusion Hybrid, the plug-in Ford Fusion Energi, Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid, and the Honda Accord Hybrid. And still, the Prius rules – thanks to its exceptional fuel economy, spaciousness, reliability and ease of operation.