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Toyota Prius Review

The Toyota Prius first came out in 1997, sporting a 100bhp hybrid powertrain with its 1.5-litre engine and an economy of 120g/km CO2 emissions. Several generations were released after, but the model only emerged as a popular buy in 2003. Although its current shape is not far from its predecessor, the latest Prius boasts of a more efficient fuel economy at 89g/km, a 1.8-litre engine, and better electric propulsion. Given its size and fuel economy, the Prius is the only car able to achieve the most minimal emissions of greenhouse gas.

Pros

The Toyota Prius has lots to boast about. Its cabin provides ample space for a five-door hatchback and fits well into its sleek, streamline exterior. The rest of the exterior treats the eyes to vast edifices sporting chrome fins and gorgeous detailing. The separate rear window is found under the rear spoiler, and the 17-inch alloy wheels come as a standard.

The Plug-n variant has to be the Prius’ greatest upgrade. The Plug-in’s EV aspect is much more advanced compared to the 1.8-litre engine and its hybrid system. The batteries have gone from nickel metal to lithium ion, with the latter providing faster recharge time, higher energy density, and a wider all-electric range. The EV range goes up to 15.5 miles in 51mph—a huge speed increase from the 31mph in 1.2miles.

Although the Prius uses plastics with its faux leather textures, the interior manages to make these materials work as a futuristic design. The cabin’s form follows suit with its concept-car dashboard, a digital speedometer sporting pale green displays, and a console located conveniently between the centre armrest-slash-storage box and main fascia’s sweep. The centre console itself contains handy features such as the sat-nav, air-conditioning controls, stereo’s touch-screen control panel, and the Prius’ parameters. Three buttons for choosing from EV, Power, and Eco modes and the transmission selector are conveniently located below the console. All these can be enjoyed on the comfortable front seats. Comfort continues at the rear, where leg room is ample and even more spacious than big saloon vehicles. The sloping roofline doesn’t get in the way of the area’s capacity.

Cons

Although the front seats offer enough comfort, there is less movement for the legs compared to the rear seat area. The audio system comes off as rather overwhelming and requires specific controls so that the drivers and passengers don’t get too distracted by the sound.

Ride and handling are big issues with the Toyota Prius. Bumpy surfaces are not handled well, as the ride becomes crashy especially for those preferring bigger wheels. Steering is not as responsive as it should, giving little feedback. Handling makes up with safety but does little to impress. The Prius only offers a consisten performance when going about town.

Noise is another minor issue. Expect total quiet when running only on battery power, but cruising and acceleration result in droning, road, and wind noise. This could be distracting for drivers who need focus as they gain their desired velocity. Otherwise, the Prius does its job on a normal drive. 

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History of the Toyota Prius

With the environment and carbon emissions in mind, the very first Toyota Prius was introduced in Japan back in December 1997 as a vehicle that can run on both gas and electricity or both – a time when global warming was a serious issue that was being discusses by different countries from all over the world. After its introduction in Japan, it became as the very first mass produced hybrid vehicle that was available to the public.

Come the year 2000, the 2001 model of the Toyota Prius was made available for order on the Internet. Over 1,800 units of the hybrid vehicle was sold at the price of $19,995, creating a huge first step on the market of the United States.

The very first Prius had the Toyota Hybrid System that was powered by a 1.5-liter VVT gasoline engine that was completely made of aluminum, with a horsepower of 70 at 4,500 rpm. It also featured a 25-kw battery pack that produced around 34 horsepower. Another brilliant breakthrough that it had was its regenerative braking system which actually charged the battery with kinetic energy generated from the moving and stopping motion of the car.

From then on, the environment-friendly vehicle received many honours, winning a number of “Car of the Year” awards.

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