Review: 2010 Toyota Prius Take Two | The Truth About Cars

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Toyota Prius II

Review: 2010 Toyota – Take Two

Let’s get one thing There are very few inanimate which inspire my personal respect, and interest as much as the Toyota Prius does. a happy-faced, slick, aerodynamically-optimized, comfortable and …-reliable vehicle exists for the sole purpose of concerned Americans feel they are making a small but difference in their efforts to their consumption of the world’s resources.

I will go to my grave that Toyota made an corporate gamble to spend a of their hard-earned dollars all odds to commit to the development and of the Prius in the mid-nineties right a period of historic low oil prices for the purpose of arming Toyota the advanced technology for a global of ever-scarcer oil, and that the began to make a profit sooner than is often in a way that no automotive nameplate does not begin with would consider even possible. Over time, the has opened the eyes and minds of of its most ardent detractors. In my world, it would extend the service to the few remaining narrow-minded, blinders-wearing, right-shoulder-passing mullet-mobile

A little harsh, lacking in and yet strangely familiar? My rant is a mirror image of an anti-Prius heard here at TTAC Well, the Prius does to generate highly polarizing of view. Which evoke stellar memories of my high-school and the Vietnam War era. Back the rant was “America, love it or it”. And now we’re wishing to. owners of a certain car?

But Baruth’s editorial moves on to the mundane question of how we at TTAC rate cars (in the number of sense). Your vote in the is overwhelmingly clear: 86% prefer #1 — Rate the car in accordance with how it performs its particular intended I hear you, and Jack and I agree on something.

From the beginning, the Prius was of and designed to be one thing only: an economical and practical compact car ( an interesting story on its origins ). So leave the critique of the Prius’ interior appointments, steering and handling and the Prius’ limitations in up long mountain grades to Anyway, my feelings about the have been made clear here. And the 2010 and current Corolla are more then ever, both been “rationalized” (rationed?) by in the pursuit of cost control and profits.

I tested a stripper 2010 II with a price of $22,000 $750 delivery) bought by my A comparably equipped Corolla XLE for $19,489. The “hybrid premium” to $3261. Ownership costs for vehicles are very similar for fuel. At $3 gas, and 15k miles the Prius saves $652/year; at $5 it’s $1100/year thriftier.

My is replacing a Corolla she bought new years ago (and still great). She expects to keep the equally long. Given the twenty-year trend of gas prices, going to come out way ahead the Prius. In fact, if gas averages $5, the Prius will repay its purchase cost in fuel savings. Pious or practical?

Toyota Prius II

I the Prius on a sixty-mile drive of roads with winding and sections as well as long and returned via the freeway. It did not come as a big to me that response was quicker in the mode than in the Eco mode Nor it to you or other test drivers. And the emitted by the engine on acceleration and would be highly appreciated by meditative sects. They also undoubtedly rate the serene highway manners for Zen Driving Meditation.

I’m not a practiced Prius hypermiler, but a little sensitivity to the pedal known as the throttle, I found in pure EV-only operation for extended periods on winding, stretches at around 40-45 The Prius felt like it was with the engine off. uphill. A new challenge for engaging that doesn’t shred

But no test of the Prius is complete some freeway shenanigans. No to break the 300km/h barrier But drafting behind a semi at 61 mph the economy meter into the mpg range (see photo for And then the ultimate Prius holding up traffic in the right On a thirty-mile level stretch in the cruise-controlled 65mph yielded 55+ Being even more at 60mph the meter was well 60 mpg. Unfortunately, traffic was so that I couldn’t really a traffic jam or inspire right-shoulder despite my best efforts. My total was just a tick 50 mpg, despite forcing the to chant lots of OMs.

On the way back through town, I good use of the 2010 Prius’ significant new feature, the EV Mode. It speeds up to about 15mph for as as a mile, absolutely perfect for up on and scaring unsuspecting pedestrians and

Cars are kind of like they’re happier when stick to their intended mission and are judged accordingly. The knows its mission and carries it out It’s a practical, comfortable, and u;tra-efficient transportation device. earned a bit of smugness along its five stars.

Toyota Prius II
Toyota Prius II
Toyota Prius II
Toyota Prius II


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