Toyota Prius 2010 – 2013

When Toyota debuted the Gen 3 Prius (also called the Liftback) in 2010 as a benchmark for cars of the future, it was equipped many innovations to existing systems as well as new technologies. Refinements included electronically controlled regenerative braking, direct-cooled inverter and lighter transaxle. New technologies introduced included a beltless electric water pump (a world first for a production series car), exhaust gas recirculation system, intelligent parking assist and a larger and more powerful 1.8L, 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine. Of note, the larger engine’s increased torque lowered average operating rpm to reduce fuel consumption, which the EPA rated at 50 mpg combined (51 cities and 48 highways). Engine output is rated at 98-hp (73 kW), and 105 ft.-lb. of torque, which coupled with a downsized electric motor that generates 34-hp (27 kW) and all-new front transaxle (reduces power losses by as much as 20 percent), delivers 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 9.7 seconds, one second faster than Gen 2 models. The new Gen 3 had the world’s lowest coefficient of drag (Cd), low rolling resistance tires, a more user-friendly and intuitive multi-information display panel, LED headlamps and tail lights, and several driving modes including Eco Mode — which all help drivers achieve their best mileage. Servicing the Gen 3 is much like the Gen 2, and is readily available. Your buying decision comes down to purchase cost, age and how much added technology you desire.