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(2005 model shown)
Toyota's futuristic-looking gas/electric hybrid-powered sedan continues with only incremental alterations for 2006, and remains in demand among both environmentally conscious buyers and those who simply want to save money at the fuel pump. The automaker's Hybrid Synergy Drive system uses an onboard electric motor/generator that works separately or in tandem, as conditions warrant, with a 1.5-liter gas engine to deliver good power with exceptional fuel economy - as high as 60 mpg - and ultra-low emissions. A continuously variable automatic transmission is standard and is operated via a small joystick mounted on the dashboard. Its roomy interior is highlighted by a large electronic display that shows from which source or sources the vehicle is currently drawing power. Anti-lock brakes, power windows, locks and mirrors, and an electrically operated air conditioning system come standard, with a keyless entry and startup feature among the Prius' optional features.
2004 Toyota Prius by John Pearley Huffman
As close as Toyota comes to making a Ferrari.