Mutiple improvements mark Toyota Prius III; plug-in hybrid coming soon…

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Toyota Prius III

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Don’t get me I am not knocking this, the third of the original enviro-capsule sales The new Prius is bigger in some key including rear seating and capacity, and the combined horsepower under the hood is way up, to 134 horsepower.

says 90 percent of the Synergy drive system is revised and weight for it is down by 65 pounds. voltage is up to 650 from the previous and gear drive has replaced the chains, allowing higher from the electric motor. The Metal Hydride battery has been made bit more and the Power Control Unit at a slightly lower operating Such is Continuous Improvement in the

But don’t jump behind the steering wheel thinking you are to experience a genuinely fun-to-drive With more size more weight and the new Prius 436 more pounds for 2010. to be exciting when you’ve got 134 horsies to move 3,000+ of curb weight. For the record, Toyota happily points out top speed is now 112 mph, fully mph higher than before. want to bet that 99 percent of all owners never see 112 mph?

Suspension revisions and the increased do make for a slightly more Prius, compared to the previous two You will never see this burning rubber at launch, but it a more-than-adequate job of getting up to urban speeds once the 1.8 liter four-cylinder kicks in with the hybrid two-step shutter.

claims a 0-60 mph time of 9.8 Let’s just say optimism is a thing and leave it at that, the vast majority of Prius likely couldn’t care if their favorite driveway ornament does it in 9.8 seconds or 8.9 or whatever. These folks aren’t interested in driving

Uncle Sam rates the 2010 at a combined 50 mpg overall fuel average. In the real world of my of twice-daily 38-mile, one-way — combining some cruising and a lot of urban stop-and-go my Winter Grey Metallic II test vehicle turned in an of just under 40 mpg.

The is definitely a more inviting to be for 2010. The front seats are and there is ample leg and elbow The instrument panel, though, is of a jumble, with 30 discrete and buttons on the center stack, and the main functional display located in the center at the base of the

I get the reason for that location it puts the data displayed to the driver’s line-of-sight, but in this the display area is a long strip with too much rubbing shoulders and seeking attention. It can also be a distraction if you are concerned about what of instant mileage you are generating, or too by watching the brake regeneration register.

There is more leg room for thanks to re-countered front The actual dimensional improvement is a three-quarters of an inch, but the result bigger than that. The two (a 60-40 arrangement) fold to create a generous, flat-bottomed area capable of swallowing up to this side of 40 cubic of stuff.

My Prius II tester with lots of standard plusses, including tilt-and-telescoping wheel with multiple controls, Toyota’s Touch version of Heads-Up Display to the driver keep the eyes on the ahead, power locks and multiple cupholders front and cruise control, and more.

Toyota Prius III

All in all, my fundamental judgement of the remains as it has been from its This is a transition vehicle and through, and it is designed to appeal to adopters of electric vehicle and to folks seeking to make a statement about the environment.

folks are interested in Point A to B transportation. Driving fun ranks way the priorities list for them. with Toyota’s decision to the Prius at levels that it competitive with conventional like the Mazda Three and Corolla, the fuel economy is still not suficient to make the a better long-term financial

And the emissions gain from ownership is quite possibly when the effect of increased production, which mainly from coal-fired power is honestly factored into the as the conversion progresses to the plug-in technology displayed by Toyota at year’s Los Angeles Auto

There are still questions the long-term reliability of hybrid but Toyota offers a comprehensive which it describes thusly:

36-month/36,000 mile basic warranty applies to all components than normal wear and items. Additional 60-month cover the powertrain for 60,000 and against corrosion with no limitation. The hybrid-related components, the HV battery, battery control hybrid control module and with converter, are covered for years/100,000 miles. In applicable (including Calif. Mass. N.J. Vt. Conn. Maine, and R.I.) hybrid-related component is 15 years/150,000 miles with the of the hybrid battery which is for 10 years/ 150,000 miles.

All said, here’s my bottom The redesigned Prius looks in its new duds, performs adequately for commuters, offers impressive and cargo capabilities, and is reasonably (my tester listed at $23,001). Not bad for a enviro-capsule.

Toyota Prius III
Toyota Prius III


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