Films stars, Uber drivers and high-flying executives. Is the new Prius an eco-car for all people?

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If you search Google for “Toyota is boring” you’ll get some 4.7 million matches coming back to you. Search for “Toyota” and “beige” together and you get an astonishing 21.9 million matches.

The London Congestion Charge is less about making the roads more free flowing and more about reducing pollution, allowing cars in free if they produce less than 100g/km of CO2. However, as manufacturers make ever more efficient motors, that limit has had to drop. From today, therefore, you’ll need toContinue Reading

New cars are the most reliable option, at least in theory. At least if things do go wrong there’s a manufacturer’s warranty ready to put things right, something that’s reassuring when buying a family car. Of course, you pay a lot for a new car and that’s not something everybodyContinue Reading

The Honda Insight was launched just over three years ago and it’s fair to say the reception wasn’t universally positive. In fact so scathing were some reviews that Honda introduced a revised model a little over 18 months later that addressed a lot of the issues of the first cars.Continue Reading

The Toyota Prius has been the clear leader in hybrid cars for some time, with many assuming it’s got a monopoly on the technology, so good has the Toyota PR machine been. However, with new technologies and improved battery performance there’s now some big name competitors. The Vauxhall Ampera’s 50Continue Reading

The most economical cars on the road, at least according to official economy figures, are almost invariably diesel powered superminis. However, petrol engines are getting ever more efficient, cost less to fuel and quieter, and they’re generally less bad for the environment in an urban setting than diesels. So whatContinue Reading

Hollywood blockbusters Demolition Man, Minority Report and I, Robot, as well as classic TV show Knight Rider, all share one thing in common: autonomous, self-driving cars. Whilst KITT is by far the most famous, each of the films demonstrates just how easy life is when you don’t have to driveContinue Reading

The Toyota Prius is very definitely the poster child of the eco generation, with Hollywood stars, politicians and the like all clamouring to be seen behind the wheel of what is perceived as the greenest car on the road.

Modern cars are of such a high standard that there is no such thing as a bad car, just one that is more or less good, and for years I’ve maintained that any modern car can be fun. So I was challenged to prove it.