While the green car industry has been obsessed with the latest electric cars (Tesla Model 3, anyone?) some mainstays like the Toyota Prius hybrid continue to shine outside of the limelight. Case in point: Consumer Reports just revealed that the all-new 2016 Prius recorded the best gas mileage of any car in the publication’s history! With a combined 52 mpg rating, the Prius outperforms any other hybrid on the market without a plug.
Last year, Consumer Reports recorded a combined rating of 44 mpg with the last generation Prius, so an 8 mpg improvement is significant. Thanks to its more aerodynamic body and more powerful battery, the all-new Prius also achieved a 59 mpg rating in a 65 mph test. Of course the 59 mpg rating is nothing compared to the MPGe rating that some electric cars and plug-in hybrids get, but the Prius is still the best conventional hybrid you can buy if you’re not quite ready to make the switch to a vehicle with a plug.
If you are ready to switch to a plug-in hybrid, Toyota recently revealed the 2017 Prius Prime, which can now travel up to 22 miles in fully electric mode. Toyota also announced that the Prius Prime will have the highest MPGe rating of any plug-in hybrid with an estimated 120 MPGe rating.