The Toyota Prius dominates the market for hybrid cars, and for the last eight years has been Consumer Reports' Top Pick Green Car. Now there's a redesigned Prius, as well as another promising new hybrid-the Ford Fusion.
Consumer Reports just tested both to see if the Fusion gives the Prius a run for the money.
The Prius hybrid was first sold in America in 2001. Three years later, Toyota introduced the second-generation Prius.
And now, for 2010, the Prius has once again been redesigned.
Steve Bennett is one of more than 700,000 American who has purchased a Prius.
"When we decided we wanted to get a hybrid, or at least seriously consider it, the word Prius cam to mind. It was the one we were most familiar with," said Bennett.
Consumer Reports just tested the 2010 Prius.
Toyota's made some changes with this third generation.
"It's still the most fuel-efficient car you can buy, getting 44 miles per gallon overall, but it's tuned a bit differently. City mileage isn't as good, but highway mileage is better," said Consumer Reports' Jon Linkov.
The Prius now gets 32 miles per gallon in the city, 55 miles per gallon on the highway.
There's a new green on the scene-the Hybrid Ford Fusion.
Turns out, while impressive, the Fusion's mileage isn't as high-25 miles per gallon in the city and 40 on the highway.
And the Ford Fusion Hybrid is more expensive, with a base price of more than $27,000.
The Toyota Prius's base price is as low as $22,000.
So what does the Hybrid Fusion give you for the money?
"It handles better, it's more comfortable, and the Fusion is actually enjoyable to drive. That's something you don't expect with a hybrid," said Linkov.
Bottom line-Consumer Reports says both the new Toyota Prius and the Ford Fusion are good choices, if you want a hybrid for your next car.
The Toyota Prius has consistently had excellent reliability.
So have other front-wheel-drive versions of the Ford Fusion.
So Consumer Reports expects that both these hybrids will have very good reliability.