2001 Toyota Prius interiorEnlarge Photo
New car is better than old one--"what a shocker!", you're thinking.
However, this comparison isn't to decide which is the better car, more to illustrate the sort of progress that's ongoing within the auto industry, and how even the cleanest of cars still have room for improvement in virtually every area.
It also serves to show the debt of gratitude we owe the original car, for being one of two cars--the other being Honda's first-generation Insight--that really got the ball rolling for hybrid vehicles, a market that now has almost fifty entries.
Perhaps the best news is that it's now possible to find a used example of the original Prius for as little as $5,000. For that you're getting an icon, a reliable mode of transport, and a car that still shames many modern vehicles in terms of fuel efficiency...