Back in the dark days of automotive history, fuel was cheap and plentiful and Detroit dinosaurs ruled the Earth.
Then the Prius came along, offering the first practical hybrid solution, and became the bestselling car in California.
Almost a decade later, fuel is cheap and plentiful again, and a changed world awaits the latest iteration of the world's most successful hybrid.
Since the debut of the original, the road has become busy with nontraditional-powertrain vehicles. Almost every major manufacturer makes...