The Toyota Prius has become the first petrol-electric hybrid car to be voted one of the “10 best cars for sale in the US” by enthusiast magazine Car and Driver.

The Toyota Prius has become the first petrol-electric hybrid car to be voted one of the “10 best cars for sale in the US” by enthusiast magazine Car and Driver.

The US-based magazine has been compiling the list since 1981. After extensive testing, a 13-member panel of the magazine's editors determined the winners by rating them on a scale of one to 100.

The new Prius has been favourably received by the Japanese and American markets. Toyota says this is due to the model's high standard of features and 'outstanding performance'. The first generation Prius, released in 1997, caused waves as the first mass-produced petrol-electric hybrid and sold more than 120 000 units worldwide.

The 10 best cars according to Car and Driver magazine are:

Acura TSX

Honda S2000

Mazda RX8

Audi S4 Quattro

BMW 3-Series/M3

Chevrolet Corvette

Ford Focus

Honda Accord

Infiniti G35

Toyota Prius