Hatch back design means that we can haul all the groceries, garden supplies etc that life requires. I picked sunroof and had to do without leather. The system might seem a little redundant, but it keeps your eyes much closer to the road, as the dash readouts are so close to the windshield. And yet, the most impressive part, is that when you are listening to music, it sounds so clean and yet so strong. The leather seats in the top two trim levels are quite nice, and they definitely up the ante in terms of luxury. The interior is a strange compilation of mostly low-grade trim components with high tech goodies.
Note, these are 6x9 speakers. The dainty little joystick looks and feels fragile and really has a feminizing effect on the car. That's one of the reasons you get such great mileage. Hardly sounds any better than my 2002 Prius. It does split the wind more finely; the aerodynamic drag's down to 0. For 8 channel systems, each speaker has a dedicated amp channel.
While the Toyota Prius has not yet been crash tested by either of the major testing authorities, it boasts enough cutting-edge safety features to warrant a high score from TheCarConnection. This more traditional approach works well; its location doesn't make the car feel more upscale, but its jewel-like blue knob and substantial weight look and feel terrific. With more lightweight aluminum in the body too, the Prius' 0-60 mph times are now under 10 seconds. The one piece of technology most hybrid fans are all atwitter about is the solar-panel roof. The brakes are now discs at all four corners, and the regeneration that captures kinetic energy, turning it into electricity, has been improved.
In addition, the Prius's rack-and-pinion steering with electric power assist provides good handling, although there's still some lack of road feel. The Prius's problem is that ain't us. I took detailed notes of each route my driving partner and I took. As ironic as it seems, the larger 1. The platform and body enhancements result in a smoother, more capable ride.
On top of those screens and controls, the third-generation Prius also offers four driving modes — which again seems like something out of a video game. The 2010 Toyota Prius is the first of the third-generation Toyota Prius models, and as such it features a lot of new engineering and styling when compared to the previous models. It's no sports compact, but it certainly will satisfy the average driver. We Know You Will Enjoy Your Test Drive Towards Ownership! Furthermore, a new engine management system allows for three driving settings—battery, eco, and power. More background: From a typical 42-gallon barrel of oil, you can expect to produce 18-20 gallons of gasoline from the oil mix's lighter molecules and 9-10 gallons of diesel fuel which employs its heavier constituents. Engineers have tried, and are fairly successful, at improving the Prius' steering by angling its wheels slightly. In addition, all Prius trims include hill start assist, which aids drivers when starting from a full stop on a hill.
If you don't care about sound, Toyota systems seem not too bad at all. Should the driver want to chill the cabin in preparation for a trip, the package has a remote climate-control system that runs off the battery and brings the interior to the desired temperature even while the car is off. You also have to feel the weight of Toyota's stock speakers to believe it. Don't leave it alone for more than 3 weeks though because the 12 volt battery not the traction battery will let you down. Safety options available on the Prius V trim only include a Pre-Collision system, which adjusts the brakes and front seatbelts in the event of an imminent accident, and a Lane Keep Assist system, which reads the lane markers of certain roads and makes adjustments to the steering wheel to keep the car in the center of the lane. I'm thinking for less than that, I could do an after market upgrade on the speakers. Still, the past generation had the same problem, and plenty of people bought it and didn't complain about its loud ride.
There is plenty of Lexus influence in the interior design, including the dashboard, center stack, and door panels. The other added benefit is a big increase in horsepower, taking the car from 110-hp to 134 — roughly a 30 percent bump. This is a first for any car, and while it's a nifty use of technology, it seems like a bit of overkill when you look at the end result. Strangely enough, my one pet peeve with the old model — its exorbitant road noise — has not been addressed in the newest Prius. Location 3 is the lower rear doors. For 6 speaker systems, there are 4 channels, and there appears to be a passive crossover for the front two speakers on each front channel.
That means when you hit the brakes the hybrid system captures energy as the car slows down and sends it to the battery, recharging it. New features are meant to woo buyers into spending more on the expensively engineered Prius. And I am referring to my speakers, not the 2010, which probably weigh even less! Technology Toyota has showcased a lot of technology in the new Prius because of the high-tech halo the hybrid holds in the market. Styling remains instantly recognizable, but the fat-foreheaded look of the prior model is reduced somewhat, and the rear end is higher and beefier, with a nifty integrated rear spoiler. There are plenty of shoppers seeking the automotive equivalent of an Energy Star appliance for their transportation needs, and Toyota has wooed more than a million into Priuses so far. I am not a lead-foot driver, but this car will accelerate just fine. Where's El Rushbo's speed-dial button? Toyota stock stereo's are among the worst if you are a true audiophile.
A few others returned similar numbers, with one slowpoke returning more than 90 mpg, but his speed only hit 18 mph. One of the standard features I thought was a terrific use of technology is what Toyota calls the Touch Tracer display. Drivers can use the control buttons to manage the audio, climate control, and other systems, and view duplicate images displayed in front of them without having to look down at the steering wheel. Toyota also installed disc brakes at all four corners for 2010, replacing the previous year's rear drum brakes. There's a slight squish, then the brakes kick in with relatively good grip. In other words, when comparing diesel and gasoline engines, a diesel's first 11 percent or thereabouts of its 30-40-percent-greater efficiency ought to be discounted simply due to its denser energy content. It features numerous standard features, including electronic stability control.