2010 toyota Prius Review

2010 Toyota Prius Review: It's back for a third generation-- as well as now, a decade and also 700,000 ancestors rolling about currently, the 2010 Toyota Prius brings with it even more area, an extra polished feeling, and also the real-world ecstasy (for some) of 51-mpg gas economic situation.

The 2010 Prius still is well-known as a Toyota crossbreed, yet there's even more wedge in its stance, more crease in its account, catchier cues in its arrow-inflected headlamps and also taillamps, and even more space under its reproportioned roofline. For sure, it's more dynamic-looking than the outward bound version and also a hair much longer overall, but it's still more future-appliance than future-chic. It does split the wind a lot more carefully; the aerodynamic drag's down to 0.25, among the lowest figures for any type of production automobile, with much of the enhancement attained under the auto.

Modification you can rely on is found a lot more in the cabin, where a brand-new flying-buttress console adds some aesthetic rate of interest to the Prius' large, reduced dash and its digital, distantly placed assesses. Driving controls are segregated from the traveler by black and silver plastic, which reduces the sheer mass of the dashboard panels.

2010 Toyota Prius Review

Earth nerds and gas mileage freaks will invest hours away from Wow coaxing ever-high gas economic climate from the 2010 Prius. Officially, it's rated at 50 mpg city, 39 freeway by the EPA, yet TheCarConnection.com's specialists teased 69.5 mpg with judicious use the gas as well as the Prius' new battery-only EV driving setting-- and also we have actually already heard of figures exceeding 75 mpg. In part, the enhanced gas economic climate is because of a lighter, stiffer body. The powertrain's also been reconfigured for much less weight, and as opposed to expectations, a bump in displacement from 1.6 litres to 1.8 litres for the four-cylinder engine has assisted the crossbreed system be a lot more economical general. The combination puts out 134 horse power, however the 1.8-liter's far better torque aids the Prius run at slower engine rates on the freeway. A significant lead foot will certainly go down the Prius into the high 30-mpg variety, however a light touch, a mindful eye on the "Eco" driving setting signs, as well as use the new EV setting-- which allows a mile of pure-electric driving with a well-charged battery pack-- will certainly help any kind of motorist extract more than 50 mpg in city driving.

Various other performance renovations have actually been routed at the Prius' less than entertaining roadway good manners. The stiffer body shell helps reduce noise and also resonance from the engine and also continually variable transmission. Designers have attempted, and are rather effective, at improving the Prius' steering by angling its wheels somewhat. The brakes are currently discs whatsoever 4 edges, and the regeneration that captures kinetic energy, transforming it right into electrical power, has been enhanced. With even more lightweight light weight aluminum in the body too, the Prius' 0-60 mph times are now under 10 seconds. Still, you'll constantly be advised of the fact that you're driving a crossbreed lorry with electronic control over the guiding, braking, and also velocity really feel.

A much better body means much more comfortable environments for the 2010 Prius' five guests. There is much less front knee room, side to side, thanks to the brand-new facility console, however the driver's seat is currently height-adjustable. Backseaters obtain the knee room left by slimmer front seatbacks and also better clearance from the rejiggered roofline. The cargo area expands a lot more, with a redesigned battery real estate and also 2.2 inches of extra area developing a few even more cubic feet of storage space. In general, the Prius' plastics are upgraded and also greened up, as well-- Toyota claims they're all carbon-neutral now-- as well as they do feel and look far better compared to in the second-generation car. Fit and also finish on pre-production cars is good.

he 2010 Toyota Prius likely will improve the high safety rating of the most current variation. 7 air bags are basic, consisting of a vehicle driver knee bag. So are anti-lock brakes, traction and also security control, and tire stress monitors. Safety and security choices include radar cruise control, a lane-departure caution system, a rearview cam, a "Safety and security Connect" system that notifies emergency staffs after an accident, as well as the stunt modern technology of the day-- Intelligent Parking Assist, which assists you parallel-park the Prius by means of the automobile's electronic cameras, albeit with your foot on the brake to control speed.

New features are suggested to woo customers into investing more on the expensively engineered Prius. There's a Touch Tracer system that imitates your finger-swipes over steering-wheel controls over the assesses, so you do not need to look down to readjust radio stations or climate-control setups. Power home windows, cruise control, and also an AM/FM/XM/ CD player are standard. Major brand-new options include a moonroof with solar panels, powering a fan that attracts hot air out of the auto without making use of the Prius' other batteries. A remote a/c is also offered, along with a navigation system, LED headlamps, Bluetooth, as well as a backup electronic camera.


In addition to having a technologically wonderful powertrain, the 2010 Toyota Prius obtains lots of state-of-the-art gadgets and comforts inside-- consisting of some you will not discover on other autos in its price variety.

Customers at Cars.com contend that "Toyota has actually showcased a great deal of innovation in the brand-new Prius as a result of the modern halo the crossbreed keeps in the market," and also buyers of the 2010 Toyota Prius will certainly not be disappointed with the features available on their environment-friendly devices.

The brand-new Toyota Prius is available in just one trim degree, in the feeling that the lorries will certainly feature the same Toyota Prius exterior badging, however there are four various versions available. Cars.com keeps in mind that "the names Prius II, III, IV as well as V will be made use of on window sticker labels to differentiate designs." The L.a Times states that "the standard-issue Prius [the Prius II] will certainly be halfway decent equipped," featuring standard power accessories, cruise ship control, and audio controls installed on the guiding wheel. Moving up to the Toyota Prius III, Cars.com notes that "an eight-speaker stereo with XM Satellite Radio and also Bluetooth" comes requirement, while the Prius IV adds "leather upholstery and also heated front seats" as well as the deluxe 2010 Toyota Prius V "includes 17-inch wheels, fog lights as well as LED auto-leveling fronts lights with washers."

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