Fact #268: May 19, 2003
New Hybrids Getting Better Fuel Economy
The model year (MY) 2004 Toyota Prius, which will arrive in dealer showrooms this fall, has a combined EPA fuel economy rating of 55 miles per gallon (mpg), which is 7 mpg higher than the MY 2003 Prius. The new Prius, which is classified as a midsize car, is also larger than the older model, with increased height, width, length, wheelbase, and weight.
|Comparison of MY 2003 versus MY 2004 Toyota Prius|
|Category||2003 Prius||2004 Prius|
|EPA Size Class||Compact||Midsize|
|Curb Weight (pounds)||2,765||2,855|
|Coefficient of Drag||0.29||0.26|
Source: These data come from a combination of Ward's Automotive News, April 21, 2003; Ward's Automotive Reports, April 21, 2003, and the Toyota Prius Web site.