2010 Toyota Prius Review

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2010 Toyota Prius Pros

The first big pro of this outstanding hybrid vehicle is its first-class fuel economy.

The EPA rates it at 50 mpg city and 39 highway, but by careful driving the Prius can deliver even better economy. We’ve heard of results as high as 75 mpg being achieved by drivers willing to make maximum use of the Prius’s technology – such as the Prius’s new battery-only EV driving mode – combined with fuel efficient driving techniques.

The hybrid technology delivering these impressive results has been around for awhile, but the 2010 Prius has some featurs that really improve on it.

It’s aerodynamic drag is only .25, for example, which is one of the best ever achieved for a production car. The powertrain has been reconfigured for less weight, without any sacrifice in performance. And the 4 cylinder engine’s displacement has been increased from 1.6 to 1.8 litre.

This has resulted, albeit counter-intuitively – in improved gas mileage performance.

Another pro of the new Prius hybrid is its roominess, which is surprising in a car that gets such great gas mileage. You’d expect to sacrifice more in space and comfort to get this hybrid’s high mileage results, but no sacrifice is necessary as far as the Prius is concerned. It is roomy enough for most driving needs.

Finally, the 2010 Prius is a sharp looking ride. With its aggressive wedge-stance and stylish arrow-inflected head and tail lamps, this Toyota turns heads. It may not be quite as snazzy as the Nissan Altima hybrid, but with the Prius’s better gas mileage we think the Prius looks just fine, thank you.

2010 Toyota Prius Cons

There’s not much not to like about this gas-miserly Toyota offering. The biggest knock on it for us is its price with a sticker of $21,750.00.

The Honda Insight comes in at under $20,000.00, and, although it may be a bit less roomy than the Prius, it’s probably a better choice if economy is your primary concern.

Another criticism of this hybrid is that it still, for all its improvements, drives like a hybrid. The only way to decide how you feel about this point is to test drive it yourself. Especially, compare its handling to the Nissan Altima hybrid.

Finally, some taller drivers have complained that the Prius’s console design has resulted in less knee room for them. Again, test drive the Prius yourself to see if this is a concern for you.

2010 Toyota Prius Hybrid Bottom Line

We’re always looking for the best hybrid car and this Toyota hybrid is on our short list.

With good looks, ample room, adequate handling, and excellent gas mileage this Toyota doesn’t disappoint.

You may be able to do better than the sticker price of $21,750, if you shop around.

If you’re going to get a hybrid vehicle the 2010 Toyota Prius is an good choice. If you can’t quite afford it, try modifying your driving habits and otherwise using our tips and techniques to improve gas mileage. You can do a lot to make your current ride more fuel efficient; buy a new hybrid vehicle only if you can afford the substantial investment.

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