Driving Impression

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Toyota Prius II

Toyota Prius

Fuel wanted.

To these enhancements are entirely new innovations such as a batterya three-liter stainless-steel that keeps coolant hot for and then cycles it directly to the head prior to cranking the to reduce the amount of fuel on startup and thereby lower emissions. The new air-conditioning system an electric compressor so it can operate the gasoline engine, and its evaporator coolant through new vertically micropore tubes that are so more efficient that refrigerant is needed (after even the newer R134a replacement is considered an eco-unfriendly gas).

The switch to brake-by-wire brings benefits, one of which, oddly is a slightly more normal feel. Apparently, it’s for a computer to decipher how much the driver wants, apply regenerative electrical retardation some old-fashioned hydraulic and then generate a plausible effort. The old car’s less-coordinated made the brakes difficult to in smooth subpanic stops. The new can also hold the car on a steep provide panic assist, and the force at each wheel varying loads and driving

Steering feel was never one of the Prius’s stronger selling so the electric-assist system was upgraded to a 19.1:1 ratio (the old one was and given quite reasonable But perhaps more important, the is now commanding a decent set of tiresP185/65SR-15 Integritys, up from the old car’s Bridgestones. The Goodyears are built to fuel economy over touring or sporty autocrossing, but roll relatively quietly the road and generate 0.76 g of stick in the corners and 0.89 g in a line under braking to halt a 70-mph Prius in 184 Those numbers equal the of the third-place VW Passat GL 1.8T in

our February 2003 sedan Splashing in the Mainstream . In other the Prius has little to apologize for as far as the goes, and it is now a far better device in to hurry (even enviros run late for an appointment, after but it will still never raves for its deft dynamics.

Toyota Prius II

Inside, the Prius has much to about. At 44 cubic feet, the seat pegs the average of 10-car sedan group, and the hatch swallows 16 cubes, the sedan average by one. The of our fairly loaded example, even undercuts the swankiest two in that test, and the aero-slick (at 0.26 Cd) looks way cooler to our than most of those Could it be that Toyota is to lure even a few buyers who care less about consumption, independence from oil, drilling in the Arctic, or warming?

Maybe, but anyone who buys a as fashionable, commodious transportation likely be annoyed by the car’s quirks and will probably realize the full value of its technology. To them, the acceleration just seem slowat seconds to 60 mph, it is 2.5 seconds lethargic than the dawdler of our pack, the Subaru Legacy L. it is 1.7 seconds quicker than the Prius will provide consolation.

They’re also likely to be put off by the nonlinear acceleration that as the various propulsion systems vie for the to provide traction. They’ll themselves using the cruise a lot more than one might in a car, because without it, a constant speed requires a bit throttle adjustment than accustomed to. And finally, the whole and shifting ritual will peculiar to anyone whose doesn’t share garage with a BMW 7-series: Sit down, the rectangular key into the slot, the separate button marked then wait a beat or two for the lamp to come on, hit the brakes, move the dash-mounted stub of a to R, D, or B.

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