The 2013 Toyota Prius liftback is the latest edition of the quintessential hybrid-electric car. It's the fourth model year for the current shape, first launched in 2010, and it's now the centerpiece of a whole lineup of vehicles called Prius, including the Prius V wagon, the Prius C subcompact hatchback, and the Prius Plug-In Hybrid, which adds a larger battery pack that can be plugged into the wall to recharge to the classic Prius model.
The plug-in Prius and the iconic standard Prius liftback are all but identical on the outside, with only a charging-port door on the right rear fender--and a handful of trim details--giving away the identity and the changes under the skin of the plug-in model.
As it has for four years, the Prius liftback achieves the highest EPA combined rating for gas mileage of any car sold in the U.S.: 50 mpg (51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway). That combined rating, in fact, is equaled by only one other car--and that's the subcompact Prius C, which does better in the...
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