ROAD TEST: For 2020 Toyota Prius, its mission is efficiency

With its current styling and more spacious and improved overall quality, the Toyota Prius is further connected to its competitors. It remains uniquely styled, but its facelift works. It's no longer a design afterthought. The 1.8-liter, 16-valve, four-cylinder Prius has 121 horsepower.

When Toyota introduced its combined gas-electric hybrid Prius to buyers in 2000, it was a dream car for the ecologically minded. But its freakish looks and sluggish engine prompted brutal criticism, even being called a larva on wheels.

But the original Prius and its expanding family, the tiny Prius C to the spacious Prius V, have changed the industry. And although the alternative fuel industry is transitioning to electric vehicles, every major manufacturer offers at least one hybrid.

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