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Original MSRP: $22,800 - $28,070
MPG: 51 City / 48 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Toyota Prius Review

Review Last Updated: 7/30/12

With top fuel economy and reliability ratings and competitive interior and cargo space, reviewers agreed that it was tough to beat the 2010 Toyota Prius when it was new. Its polarizing styling may deter some shoppers, but the aerodynamic shape boosts fuel economy.

The 2010 Toyota Prius is a solid choice among 2010 midsize cars and a superb choice among used hybrid cars. The Prius’ versatile cabin and cargo space, exceptional fuel economy of 51/48 mpg city/highway and high reliability rating are its main attributes. For 2010, the Prius received a more powerful gas engine and electric motor, and test drivers liked the power boost. They also liked that you can select one of three driving modes depending on how much fuel you want to save.

On the downside, the 2010 Toyota Prius’ styling, though easily recognizable, is not considered attractive by the automotive press. Some reviewers also disliked the Prius’ small wheels, which they said made the car feel unstable and contributed to more road noise. A few also noted that the Prius’ steering felt artificial.

The 2010 Toyota Prius has a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors. Power is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable transmission (CVT). A four-speaker stereo and push-button start are among the Prius’ standard features. Higher trim levels and option packages add features like Bluetooth, an upgraded stereo, leather, heated front seats and navigation. Seven airbags, anti-lock brakes and electronic stability control are included as standard safety equipment on the 2010 Prius.

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The highly-ranked 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid has a more traditional look and it delivers great fuel economy, though the Prius still uses less fuel. Test drivers liked the Fusion Hybrid’s nimble handling and high-quality interior when it was new. Although the Prius’ performance is good, reviewers agreed that the Fusion Hybrid’s performance is superior because it drives very similarly to a non-hybrid car. The 2010 Fusion Hybrid has better safety scores, but the 2010 Prius has a slightly higher reliability rating.

The 2010 Toyota Camry Hybrid is another good hybrid to consider if the 2010 Prius is on your list, though its fuel economy and reliability rating aren’t as high as the Prius’. The Camry Hybrid is a good alternative for used car shoppers who want a more traditional sedan. The 2010 Camry Hybrid has plenty of room inside, but the Prius is still a better choice if you need lots of cargo space. 

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