Most Fuel-Efficient Cars of the Past 30 Years

© Toyota Motor Sales USA© Toyota Motor Sales USA
2004–2009 Toyota Prius
EPA Rating: 48 mpg city / 45 mpg highway / 46 mpg combined
Larger, more fuel-efficient and more powerful than the original model, the 2004 Toyota Prius debuted with a distinctive aerodynamic design that looked like nothing else on the road. Without a doubt, the second-generation Prius was the car that moved hybrids from early-adopter novelties into the automotive mainstream. Under the rating system at the time, the 2004 Prius increased to 60 mpg city / 50 mpg highway / 51 mpg combined (revised: 48 mpg city / 45 mpg highway / 46 mpg combined) compared to 52 mpg city / 45 mpg highway /48 mpg combined (revised: 42 mpg city / 41 mpg highway / 41 mpg combined) for the first 2001 Prius.

<>
<Slide 17/39>