The USAToday put together the top 25 cars and trucks that have had an impact. Number 3 on the USAToday list of the the Top 25 Cars and Trucks That Had an Impact was the Toyota Prius.
3. 2001 Toyota Prius Too weird, critics said, when it hit U.S. shores in summer 2000. Who'll gamble on an odd-looking sedan with a preposterous gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain? Just 400,000 U.S. buyers so far, who love the 40- plus mpg.
Perhaps the Honda Insight should get an honorable mention in that description. While it's obvious the Prius was the clear winner in the battle between the two, it was the Insights phenomenal mpg rating that turned people onto hybrids in the first place.