Two Toyota Models Earn Praise from US News and World Report

The magazine's auto experts named the Prius and Highlander Hybrid as “Best Family Vehicles” in their respective classes.
MERRILLVILLE, Ind. - March 26, 2013 - PRLog -- It gives the team at Toyota of Merrillville ( great pride to announce that multiple currently available vehicles have been declared “Best Cars for Families” by US News and World Report. The latest models of both the Toyota Prius and the Highlander received praise for their versatility, affordability, and comfort from the experts, making them ideal choices for many families.

The Prius has had a long road from pioneering a brave new world of hybrid vehicles to becoming a household name, and now auto experts are saying it has made the transition to being talked about over the dinner table to living in the garage of many homes. Toyota's hybrid took home “Best Hatchback for Families,” edging out other vehicles – hybrid and traditional engine alike – in its class.

Routinely proving that there can be only one family vehicle choice in the SUV category, Toyota's Highlander Hybrid won the relatively young category of “Best Hybrid SUV for Families.”

In order to rank the vehicles, a team of judges examines all competition based on a variety of criteria, including size, family-friendly features, and overall quality. From there, they assemble a composite score and rank the year's models, factoring in safety, reliability, and critical acclaim to generate their annual rankings.

This isn't the first time that Toyota has found themselves on the US News and World Report's lists, either, with vehicles like the Prius having made its mark multiple times over the years.

The current Prius is a hybrid hatchback that retails for just $24,200 at the lowest trim level while earning an EPA-estimated 51 mpg in the city and 48 mpg on the highway. With five different trim levels to choose from, families can pick which fits their needs best while still enjoying remarkable fuel economy.

Years ago, the idea of a hybrid SUV seemed a bit strange, but the Highlander Hybrid offers the power and comfort people are used to in an SUV while providing a 28 mpg city/highway fuel economy.
To learn more about these award-winning Toyota models, contact the sales team ( at Toyota of Merrillville. Their dealership is open six days a week, making it easy to test drive one of these new hybrids.
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