'Top Gear' questions Prius eco-friendliness

Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson puts his argument to the test that the Prius may not be as economical as one may think.

I had a few ideas about how to end this week's look at the Toyota Prius. I could have continued presenting videos on the many neat features that Toyota is pioneering with the Prius. Usually on Fridays, I like to bring something a little more entertaining to the table, so I decided against that approach and came up with a video that I didn't know existed.

Most media reports praise the Prius and tend to proclaim Toyota's hybrid car flag-bearer as the most eco-friendly and economical car that money can buy. But Jeremy Clarkson, star of the popular BBC program "Top Gear," says not so fast.

Clarkson's argument is that a car designed for speed--in this case a BMW M3--might be more economical than a Toyota Prius. Not only could they be more economical, but Clarkson also gives other reasons why the Prius could cause more damage to the environment than we think. Comparing the specs of each car, you could conclude that his theory could hardly be realistic, but is it? Clarkson puts the M3 and Prius to a test drive and the results--well, you'll see.

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