It’s been a while since gas prices topped $4 per gallon. But if you’re remembering those days and thinking about a fuel-efficient car, or are looking to reduce your carbon footprint, chances are you’ve considered the Toyota Prius. It’s an icon in the fuel-saving landscape, having outlasted various competitors with its appealing blend of distinctive looks, a spacious interior, reasonably affordable prices, an unassailable reliability record, and — most importantly — exceptional fuel economy.
Today’s Prius faces more competition than ever. Not only have all-electric vehicles captured the fuel-efficiency mantle from gas-electric hybrids like the Prius, but ordinary gas-powered cars have also become increasingly efficient. But Toyota has doubled down on the Prius’ longtime strengths, while also improving its driving dynamics, safety features, and in-dash technology. The 2018 Prius remains a go-to option as a functional fuel-sipper. Depending on your preferences, it could still be the best choice for you.