Which one: Prius
Why: The Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive probably has the most reliable battery management system. And more consistent MPG than Insights. Not the prettiest car, but it's handy.
Unsure about the '09+ HCH.
Edit: BTW, at that money, you can start getting into the newest (2010+) Prius. But if two seats are enough, consider the 1st Gen Insight. There are low mileage '06s out there for around $10K.
Silver 2001 Insight 5spd - #0160
(Has some bruises, needs some stuff...but I still love it.)
Citrus w/ A/C - #2083
(Still needs some stuff...but I already love it.)
Last edited by freezin4; 11-06-2012 at 08:35 AM.