The Hybrid Synergy Drive system, with two compact motor generators within the transaxle, increases operating voltage from 500V to 650V. Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle. There is a bill in Texas legislature to increase the light transmission to 35%, thereby reducing the amount of tint allowed to something like 50%, but hard telling if that bill will go anywhere I would guess not. Handling is nimble enough at slow speeds, and the brakes are sensitive while being stacked with electronic capabilities for safety. There's a styling tweak, like a wave or a lip or, with a stretch of the imagination, a lightning bolt at the top, and it works, to deliver distinction. And visibility out the rear glass is somewhat compromised by the aerodynamically sloped roofline.
The compact spare tire is another level down. The rear wiper is huge, and effective in keeping rain off all that glass back there. Because Toyota wants to stay focused on the Prius name, there are no models with names of their own. The trim looks nice, and Toyota claims it's made of plant-derived resin ecologically friendly plastic with excellent recycling characteristics. There's good forward visibility even over the long dashboard, stretched by the steeply sloped windshield, although, as with other aero cars the Honda Fit comes to mind , you can't see the front corners. Like many high-tech innovations, it does it because it can. As the window approaches fully closed, the closing speed decelerates to reduce closing noise.
All told, there's a savings of 65 pounds. The handling is nimble around town, although it turns heavy and slow, though not imprecise, if you try to drive it aggressively in corners, something not too many Prius owners do an understatement. And there's another 2 cubic feet in the tray for tools and laptops, hiding under the floor of the cargo area. Power mode, which sharpens throttle input considerably, makes things much livelier and allows for a 0-to-60-mph time of 9. There's a new suspension with a slightly wider track and increased roll rigidity.
An opposite leadfoot extremist managed to get 26. The Camry Hybrid is a good alternative for used car shoppers who want a more traditional sedan. You can manually open the roof the rest of the way. Acceleration performance is adequate, 0 to 60 mph in 9. Earlier we rode for more than an hour in the back seat of an '08 Prius the previous-generation model and it didn't feel as harsh.
. There are also myriad high-tech options, including a Navigation package with Bluetooth connectivity and a backup camera; an Advanced Technology package with radar cruise control, a precollision braking system, and a new lane-departure system; and a park-assist system. Priuses thus equipped adopt a much quicker 14. Press materials say there's more sound insulation, though the insulation weighs 7. On a 5-inch-wide screen, there are graphs and images, including an Energy Monitor, displaying the battery charge in real time; a Hybrid System Indicator that reveals the efficiency of your driving technique; fuel mileage in 1- or 5-mile increments; past fuel mileage; and a Touch Tracer Display that projects steering-wheel-control information upward so you can keep your eyes on the road. Top speed has flown to 112 miles per hour from 103 mph, slam-dunk evidence that the Prius is a lot slicker package at half that speed. You can't see the underbody covers with splitters, but they too are part of the aerodynamic scheme, to achieve that 0.
The available leather and upgraded materials are classy. The larger engine provides more torque, allowing the Prius to maintain freeway speeds at lower rpm, boosting fuel mileage. The initial opening is accelerated to reduce noise. The other 26 of 28 drivers got between 63. Now, although a fun, comfortable Prius might be seen by some as a portent to the apocalypse, we doubt the world will end when the Prius hits dealerships in April at a yet undisclosed price. On the other hand, with skinny tires, a loud cabin, terrible rear vision, and a boomy ride, the Prius has been the exact opposite of fun to drive.
For 2010, the Prius received a more powerful gas engine and electric motor, and test drivers liked the power boost. The upper and lower gloveboxes hold a magnificent 12 liters. Here's some 2010 Prius glass and window info and specs. Many owners might not notice, but others will, with so many Prius buyers in search of tranquility. The hybrid mechanicals are lighter by 65 pounds, while being more efficient and presumably stronger.
When the driver locks out the passenger window switches, the lighting within the switches is extinguished. We tested the optional Intelligent Parking Assist, part of the Advanced Technology Package available for Prius V, which parallel parks the car for you, if the space is big enough. The body wallows about its roll center much like before, conspiring with the squealing tires and aggressive stability-control system to mute out any shred of fun. Should the driver want to chill the cabin in preparation for a trip, the package has a remote climate-control system that runs off the battery and brings the interior to the desired temperature even while the car is off. There's a nice cozy cockpit feeling in the driver's seat, nestled by a stylish center console that runs from dashboard to between the seats at a gentle slope.
A flaw in the new Prius is its bumpy ride: pretty rough over patchy stuff, we noted during our test drive. This means the air conditioner works, though not full blast, even with the engine turned off. Ever used Anbesol for a toothache? The peak of the roof has been moved rearward for improved rear headroom, the front seats have been contoured to increase rear kneeroom, and the cargo area is larger. The slower you drive it, the better it is. Interior Features The Prius interior is satisfying, at least with the optional leather we tested.