Hybrids & Electrics

Why Consumer Reports Recommends the 2015 Toyota Prius

The Toyota Prius is so dependable and versatile that it delivers on a variety of different driving needs. This quirky hatchback is one of Toyota’s most reliable cars and is enjoyable to drive. If you’re looking for reliable hybrid power and at an extremely affordable price, you don’t have to look much further than the Prius. Here we will go over why Consumer Reports specifically recommends the 2015 Toyota Prius model.

CR thinks the 2015 Prius is an ideal city driver

The 2015 Prius made it on CR’s list of best cars for city driving. The more obvious reason for this would be the hybrid’s fuel economy, but there is a little more to it than that. The Prius’ relatively short length and width make it easy to park and navigate from tight spaces. This is a very helpful, yet understated aspect of the Prius. Also, the Prius doesn’t cost that much to maintain in the long run. Having a car like this hatchback makes it easier to enjoy city life. 

The Prius is practical and easy to drive 

The Prius is a pleasant ride overall but as you have probably heard already, no one buys this model for thrilling performance experiences. As CR and others have noted,  the Prius’ handling can feel underwhelming at times and its engine can get a little loud as it hits higher speeds. Even so, this is something you just get used to on your everyday drives. Plus the Prius’ fuel economy makes up for the lack of potency.

For the 2015 model year, you can pick from the traditional hybrid powertrain or the plug-in hybrid option. The plug-in version gives you a longer electric range. Both of these options feature the same 1.8-liter four-cylinder gas engine that’s paired with the electric power plant. Together, the two sources create a 134-horsepower. 

The Prius transitions well between its two power sources. It doesn’t have the longest all-electric range, but its fuel economy ratings are excellent. The Prius gets a combined 44 mpg overall.

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Its cabin is just fine 

Toyota has prioritized making the Prius’ interior feel more upscale over the last couple of years. However, the 2015 model’s interior is more on the basic side. This is not necessarily a bad thing, just something to keep in mind. Genuine leather isn’t available on this model and its faux-leather option isn’t much to rave about.  

On the plus side, this Prius comes with enough satisfying connectivity features. The standard  Toyota Prius Two model has a CD player, a touchscreen display, and Bluetooth. There are four additional trims you can choose from. If you go up to the Prius Three trim level, you get satellite radio, a navigation system, and Toyota’s Entune in-car multimedia app.

There aren’t many advanced safety features that come standard on the 2015 Prius aside from its rearview camera and brake assist. For more available safety features, look for the Prius Five models which could be equipped with lane keep assist and a pre-collision system.  The Prius Plug-In Advanced trim came standard with advanced safety equipment.