2010 Toyota Prius: First Drive

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2010 Toyota Prius: Drive

You already know the Toyota Prius gets 50 MPG fuel economy, making it the fuel-efficient car for sale in the U.S. did you know it returns 26.6 MPG at 102

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Disclosure: Toyota wanted me to the new Prius so badly they me out and put me up in an eco-friendly hotel to make I wrote about it. Also, plied me with wine. not a huge fan of California wine.

You think it odd we bothered to find out since the first two Prius were hardly vehicles anything approaching spirited But this third generation fitted with a larger engine producing a net 134 HP is actually fun to drive, at least when with the optional 17-inch

Those wheels bring them a quicker steering firmer dampers and less tires. The result is a car that less like a rolling tub of and more like you think a hatchback that hits 60 MPH in 9.8 equipped with a Continuously Transmission should. In fact, good enough we spent the of a day driving it on twisty Northern roads, overtaking many, faster vehicles, and generally harming the environment. In a Prius.

up to Sonoma from San Francisco in a generation Prius — the one currently on sale — a terrible thunderstorm, the experience have been more As someone who’s spent carefully honing his driving my feeling of safety in a vehicle is in proportion to the amount of control I over it. The second gen Prius virtually nothing in the way of feel either the steering or brakes, like a ship in corners, is slow and is generally the antithesis of I look for. In pitch driving rain and high I constantly felt out of control, for a control freak is not a good I was more scared driving old Prius than I would been riding a motorcycle in the conditions.

Of course, the new Prius comes with 15-inch wheels, tires, slow steering and of body roll, but its still a improvement over previous I’d put it on par with the smaller, and less fuel-efficient 2010 Insight that I drove last year.

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of the Prius’s driving success from its new three-setting drive selector. Drivers can choose Eco which slows down from the throttle; Power which speeds up that and Normal Mode, which somewhere between the two. We got fed up with the poor response in Eco and spent the day in Power, enjoying the increased willingness to move the into the power band the throttle was planted.

As you’d it’s not all positives for the driving When equipped with wheels, the body control and are on par with most European hatches, but the transmission’s ability to turn throttle input acceleration is somewhat lacking. is most apparent when from maintenance to wide-open mid-corner, somewhat spoiling the ability to fully exploit the chassis. Also calling and end to the fun is an eager stability control that can’t be fully But the fact that we’re about artificial limitations on the outright ability of a car that’s been utterly boring, if not lacking in driving dynamics of any is probably the best compliment we can it.

The Prius is also a nicer to spend time, with room in the rear seat for big and girls, nicer materials and a lot of tech features that are fun to Foremost of those is the Touch Display. which replicates on the steering wheel mounted in the in-dash display. It sounds but provides useful feedback for that can normally be distracting to use on the Unfortunately, there are also to the revised interior. Foremost on our of things we don’t like are the seat switches, which bizarrely been located by the driver’s feet. We predict a action lawsuit filed by detestable human beings who figure out that they shouldn’t attempt to operate controls on the move within the

While the Prius uses a functional economy gauge to the Insight and Ford Fusion Toyota’s falls behind in usefulness and far behind Ford’s in Toyota knows that buyers are big tech fans, a variety of options like the sunroof, Lane Keep Dynamic Radar Cruise and automatic parallel parking to try and give them something to money on, but we think a more and better looking economy like Ford’s. would go further in meeting the desires of buyers.


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