|
1
Toyota Prius Hybrid

A Toyota Prius Hybrid

­AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye

­

The Toyota Prius may not be as la­rge as the Cadillac Escalade Hybrid, but when it comes to hybrid sales, the Prius is a juggernaut. In 2008, Toyota sold 158,886 Prius hatchbacks. That's more vehicles than the rest of this 10 best selling hybrids list combined.

The Prius has long been the most successful hybrid on the market. Not only does it have excellent fuel economy, but buyers love its exterior design, which has become the de facto shape of a hybrid in most people's minds. The Prius is slatted for a redesign in 2010 and Toyota is pulling out all the stops: not only will fuel economy improve, but the car will be larger and more comfortable, feature solar panels on the roof (to power interior accessories), and be built in America.

While you can never say for sure what a redesign will do for a car, the buzz building around the Prius is that it will continue to dominate the hybrid market for years to come.

For more great HowStuffWorks top-10 and top-5 lists, follow the links on the next page.

|