You Can’t Beat the Toyota Prius and Prius Prime When It Comes To Value and Reliability

The 2022 Toyota Prius and Prius Prime are some of the most reliable cars for their value on the market. Experts at Consumer Reports have been praising them both for years.
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
If you're in the market for a reliable car that won't empty your bank account, the 2022
Toyota
Prius and Prius Prime might be what you need.
Consumer Reports (CR) listed the 2022 Toyota Prius and Toyota Prius Prime as two of its most reliable new cars that won't sink your budget.
The list details seven cars and SUVs priced under $30,000 (which counts as "affordable" in a time when sub-$20,000 vehicles are virtually non-existent) with exceptional reliability for their price range. The list also includes the Chevy TrailBlazer, the Mazda Miata and Subaru Crosstrek, among others.

The Toyota Prius is always a solid choice

Starting at $25,075,
CR
calls the 2022 Toyota Prius hatchback the most practical and maneuverable choice for city driving with its 35-foot turning radius and short length of just under 180 inches. The publication gave the hybrid Prius a 79 out of 100 overall rating, with a predicted reliability rating of 5 out of 5 and predicted owner satisfaction at 4 out of 5.
This shouldn't come as a surprise, given the hybrid's long history of reliability and its popularity with eco-minded drivers more than two decades since it first premiered in the U.S. When you say "hybrid," most people will probably think of the Prius, which was the first mass-produced hybrid.
It also boasts responsive handling and a comfortable ride, though the gas engine can be a little loud when battery range is depleted. It also comes standard with forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, as well as lane-keeping assistance, while blind spot warning comes standard on all but the lowest trim level.
The Prius gets great gas mileage as well, making 43 mpg on city streets and 59 mpg on highways. CR recommends buyers opt for the all-wheel drive XLE trim.
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The Toyota Prius Prime takes efficiency to the next level

The 2022 Toyota Prius Prime also made the list. Starting at $28,670, this plug-in hybrid model of the Prius gets 69 mpg overall with 56 mpg in the city and 81 mpg on highways. CR also gave it a 79 out of 100 and a predicted reliability rating of 5 out of 5, calling it perfect for short commutes with its electric-only range of 23 miles. After that, it works pretty much like the regular hybrid Prius in alternating between gas and electric power.
The difference is that drivers can plug this Prius in at home or in public wherever charging is available —so long as they have two hours to spare to let it charge on a 240-volt connector, or five hours on a 120-volt plug.
The 2022 Toyota Prius Prime is pretty much the same car as the standard Prius aside from its PHEV capabilities, larger touch screen and the availability of blind spot warning on only its highest Limited trim level.

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