2017 Best Compact Cars for the Money

Toyota Prius
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No. 9: 2017 Toyota Prius

Starting Price: $24,685 (Details Below)

The Prius built its reputation on phenomenal fuel economy and reliability that is, well, Toyota-like. Those two factors alone are enough to propel the Prius into the running for our Best Compact Car for the Money. Holding the Prius back, however, is a high-for-the-class $24,685 starting price.

Most Prii (yes, that’s the official plural) earn EPA fuel economy estimates of 54 mpg in the city and 50 on the highway, but the Prius Two Eco that is only available in certain states earns estimates of 58 mpg on the highway and 53 in the city. Hybrids typically get better mileage in the city than on the highway because they can recover energy from the braking system in stop-and-go city traffic.

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