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Used Car: 2013 Toyota Prius Review

Review Last Updated: 4/10/15

The 2013 Toyota Prius offers plenty of interior space and fuel economy that can’t be beat, but some critics said its performance leaves a lot to be desired.

The Toyota Prius is powered by a four-cylinder engine and two electric motors, which make 134 horsepower combined. That power is routed to the front wheels through an automatic transmission. Most reviewers reported that the Prius doesn’t have outstanding power. However, at an EPA-estimated 51/48 mpg city/highway, the 2013 Prius has fuel economy that other 2013 cars in the class can’t touch. Most reviewers said that the Toyota Prius has a comfortable ride, but they were also let down by its numb steering, soft brakes and floaty suspension.

Most critics were impressed with the 2013 Prius’ interior, which they said has plenty of back-seat space and cargo room. Features like USB and auxiliary inputs, Bluetooth, proximity key and push-button start are standard in the 2013 Toyota Prius. Available features include navigation, a rearview camera, a head-up display, a touch-screen infotainment system and solar panels that power the ventilation system. Lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control and a pre-collision alert system are also available.  

The Toyota Prius was the U.S. News 2013 Best Hatchback for Families when it was new because it has the best combination of quality, size and family-friendly features in its class.

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Other Cars to Consider

The 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid pleased reviewers with its spacious cabin and quiet powertrain. The Fusion Hybrid also offers great fuel economy ratings, and test drivers said it feels powerful in most driving situations.

The 2013 Toyota Camry Hybrid has an excellent reliability rating, and critics agreed that it offers plenty of power. The Camry Hybrid also earned praise for its spacious cabin, which features premium materials.

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