First drive: 2010 Toyota Prius

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First drive: 2010 Prius

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the new Prius in the desert hills Tucson, I came to a realization still only half-comfortable I actually like this It doesn’t go fast, it’s not and it won’t take a corner at above a sedate speed, but not the point.

It’s comfortable much more so than the Prius – drives a car should in the city, and it not only incredible fuel mileage, it it fun to do so.

Toyota may be touting its new Prius as the wunderkind, but it should actually be for most people to significantly that. On several different routes, including both 50mph+ and stop-and-go sections, the averaged over 70mpg any number of journalists behind the Using the three driving – EV Mode, Eco Mode and Mode – appropriately to maximize the numbers.

For instance, starting off in EV mode pure electricity to get over the efficient part of city the acceleration.

On one particular route, for its varied terrain and used as an challenge’, the car averaged 70.9mpg a roughly 30mi course. saw an average of 81.6mpg over A theme we noticed while to extract the maximum efficiency is that once the battery had been nearly depleted, drops rapidly until recharged.

Keeping all the various flags and meters happy maximizing efficiency is almost in its addictiveness. If you buy one, you’ll certainly be hooked within a

The much ballyhooed solar panel is depressing in that it powers an auxiliary fan to cool the on hot days, but the overall efficiency is so it’s hard to complain.

OK, so fuel efficient – but how is it to Surprisingly good. It exhibits a lot body roll, and though won’t help it grip a any harder thanks in part to its tires, it’s more swinging around 90-degree in town.

The better-bolstered and more seats also help that duty, however. The old were a frequent complaint second-gen Prius owners.

The EV, Eco and mode switches really do they advertise

Playing with the driving mode mentioned earlier, you’ll come to find out that the EV cuts off at 25mph or anytime you too briskly. The Eco Mode uses a map for the accelerator pedal, smoothing out and reducing the total throttle during the first half to of the pedal’s travel. This to reduce over-acceleration and improve further.

Driving up the mountains in the surrounding necessitated the switch to Power This is the only stint on we achieved less than the average, but considering the grade and the 4,000ft elevation, 38.4mpg is respectable. On the hill descent we the ‘B’ mode of the gear – effectively always-on braking – to be very

But how about daily duties? The car is to comfortably fit four adults, five smaller individuals have a tough time at It accelerates with the pack, and it pleasantly at freeway speeds, there is a good bit of tire at higher speeds.

The interior is a definite upgrade on the Prius in many ways, and for the mid-$20,000 price point, hard to argue with the though the plastics are almost hard and hollow. Nevertheless, all of the interface surfaces feel and well-made.

The Touch Tracer system feels almost but its usefulness is doubtful

Although the new doesn’t get the nifty Remote system from Lexus’ of products, it does get its own share of including a very cool, ultimately dubiously useful, Tracer Display. The system when your thumbs are the steering wheel controls, and up a HUD-type display on the center panel, indicating which is about to be pressed.

Toyota says this the driver’s eyes on the road and improves safety, but in our informal looking down to see the output and getting it to sense our (often due to the weather) thumbs was at least as as just looking at the wheel

A range of other features offer a more mid-range to the upper end of the Prius range, Lane Keep Assist and cruise control. The cruise worked beautifully in our brief but the Lane Keep Assist to over-correct, then when the car was toward the other side of the lose the ability to see the lane and keep going – a combination of traits, though actually relying on the LKA feature for than a second line of isn’t driving safely to with.

Pricing hasn’t been yet, but expect to see a slight creep in pricing, especially as the Prius I trim hasn’t yet revealed. The Prius II-V will likely span the between $22,995 and $34,995 if our balls are calibrated correctly. The I may do duty as Toyota’s Honda fighter, despite the cars larger size and better efficiency.

At the end of my day on the road with the I found myself not only in the car, but talking about it to and co-workers, extolling its virtues, a short wait to get the new one for acquaintances in the for a hybrid. Am I a convert? No – I like horsepower and handling too to qualify – but I’m a fan.

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