Review: 2010 Toyota Prius — Businessweek

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Review: 2010 Toyota

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The new 2010 Prius, with more more cargo space, and fuel economy, is better ever—and all at an affordable price


Toyota (TM) has done a job of redesigning the Prius, the nation’s hybrid vehicle since coming out in 1997. The 2010 which is just now hitting showrooms, is the first mainstream to be rated at 50 miles per gallon (up 46 mpg before), even though noticeably peppier than the version. The new Prius also is spacious, with rear that verge on being roomy, which also down in a 60/40 pattern to a big hauling space, and a 21.6 cu. ft. area in back.

Even so, the base sticker price is $21,750, (though the new, Prius I model at that won’t be available until which is $1,000 less the cheapest ’09 Prius. You can get a powered compact for cheaper, but it be roomy enough for most Factoring in fuel, insurance, and other costs over years, Consumer Reports in its April issue that the Prius offered the best value of any model on the market. its better fuel economy, guess the 2010 Prius earn the same distinction.

The 2010 Prius’ powerplant of a 1.8-liter, 98-horsepower gasoline and two electric motors tied by a planetary gearset that as a continuously variable transmission. horsepower is now 134, up from 110

Until the new, entry-level comes out, the Prius is in four trim levels. The II, which starts at $22,750, standard with keyless full-power accessories, cruise a six-speaker sound system, a and telescoping steering wheel, and a display. The Prius III ($23,750) has all plus Bluetooth capability and an sound system. The Prius IV adds leather upholstery, front seats, an auto-dimming and driver-adjustable lumbar support. The Prius V ($28,020) adds alloy wheels, fog lamps, and LED

Toyota has also added techie features to the Prius in option packages. The $1,800 Package includes a navigation plus an upgraded, eight-speaker system, backup camera, and the of adding real-time traffic The $3,600 Solar Roof includes the navigation system as as a moonroof and a solar-powered system cools the car when it’s on hot days. The $4,500 Advanced Package includes the navigation as well as a dynamic cruise-control lane departure alert, and Parking Assist (which you may seen in Lexus TV commercials—it or less parallel-parks the car automatically).

The Prius is now rated to get 51 mpg in the city and 48 on the (up from the previous Prius’ That puts it well of its main competitors, including (HMC) new Insight (41 city, 43 and 41 on average); the Honda Civic (40/45/42); the Ford (F) Fusion (41/36/39); the Toyota Camry (33/34/34); Nissan’s (NSANY) Hybrid (35/33/34); and Volkswagen’s Jetta TDI diesel (29/40/33).

The hasn’t yet crash-tested the 2010 but the previous model had four- and ratings in all categories. The 2010 standard with stability and control, antilock brakes, and side, and head-protecting airbags, as as a separate bag to protect the driver’s

Toyota is getting clobbered in the market this year, but the new model coming out and gasoline low, the Prius is doing worse than the rest of the Prius sales were 49%, to 32,662, in the first months of the year. However, my is that Prius sales pick up now that the new model is

Behind the Wheel

The Prius by any stretch of the imagination, a driving car. Even though a new power-steering system has improved the of connection to the road, to me the car still has the awkward feel of a gigantic That impression is reinforced you actually drive the Prius. You put the little shifter in forward, neutral, or B (which adds braking on long downhills) and hit the The engine is almost silent and the CVT in a continuous skein without shifting. The whole experience is a unsettling until you get used to it.

The new is now rated to accelerate from to 60 in 9.8 seconds, down from than 10 seconds for the second-generation But that’s still relatively I clocked the Camry Hybrid at than a second faster, and the Altima Hybrid at a comparatively 7.6 seconds in zero-to-60 runs.

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The Prius now has three power For day-to-day driving there’s which conserves gas. you want a bit more oomph, the Power button quickens response, mainly in the midrange say, 30 mph and 60 mph. In the EV setting, the car for a short time on electric though only at speeds 25 mph.

The Prius’ appeal is you become obsessed with new ways to eke out higher mileage from the multiple graphic on the dashboard. If you work at it, by toggling and forth between gas pedal and (to get the maximum charging out of the regenerative system), accelerating gently, gradually to a stop, and starting off in EV you can boost mileage over 70 mpg for spells. Trying to get mileage higher becomes a game.

Buy It or Bag It?

The remains the quirky alternative that is immediately identifiable as a It still has its signature hard-to-see-out-of distinctive) two-tier rear and the relatively plain interior reinforces its penny-pincher image. But also roomy enough to be as a family sedan.

The Prius’ most direct is probably the 2010 Honda which is also newly also comes only hybrid power, and has a slightly starting price ($20,470). on the Insight in an upcoming review, but targeted directly at the Prius and worth a test drive.

The other competitors are adapted look similar to—conventional The least expensive of them is the Civic Hybrid, which for an average of just $22,122, to the Power Information Network compared with $25,417 for the Prius. The new Ford Fusion sells for an average of $29,299, the Hybrid for $28,210, and the Toyota Hybrid for $27,618, according to PIN like BusinessWeek, is a unit of The Companies (MHP)).

Keep in however, that these don’t take into federal tax credits, which Toyota nor Honda hybrids for anymore (the credits out as a company’s cumulative hybrid mount). The federal credit is on the Fusion hybrid, $2,350 on the Altima Hybrid, and $1,300 on the Volkswagen Jetta TDI. out credits on all hybrids and diesels and at the Energy Dept. Web site.

An alternative to a hybrid is the newly Jetta TDI, a great car that sells for an average of $22,861. The Jetta TDI is quicker and better than the Prius, but nearly as fuel-efficient. Diesel also costs about the as premium gasoline, while the uses inexpensive regular. always seems to be the bottom with the Prius: Factor in all costs and it always seems to out ahead.

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