The Toyota Prius used to be the cutting edge of fuel savings. As futuristic as it was fuel-efficient, it introduced America to the idea of a gas-electric hybrid. Commuters and celebrities alike were on waiting lists for the high-mileage hatchback.
Sales have dwindled in recent years, though. Gas prices take the sting out of America’s SUV habit, and modern crossover models burn less fuel than before. Toyota also lets you choose from a wide range of hybrid models beyond the Prius, including nearly all sizes of sedans, SUVs, and minivans. And as the cutting edge has moved away from hybrids toward fully electric vehicles that cut out gasoline entirely, the celebrities and waiting lists have followed. We just spent a week in the 2021 Toyota Prius to see if this compact hybrid — now priced from $24,525 — still has a purpose in today’s new environment. Here’s what we found.