The Toyota Prius was the hybrid that raised the bar for all efficiency hybrids. The entire vehicle is made to be as efficient as possible, from the aerodynamics, to the fuel consumption, right down to the spacious cargo areas inside. We had a chance to get a short glimpse of what it’s like to enjoy the energy saving performance of the Prius and see exactly why it’s been one of Toyota’s best selling vehicles.
The 2013 exterior hadn’t changed much from the 2012 Prius; it has the same bold look, but now smoother and sleeker than ever. For years the overall design has remained very similar simply because Toyota feels it is most efficient for the engineering. The vehicle delivered to us was in a stunning Sea Glass Pearl color with 15” alloy wheels. Halogen headlights led the way while a rear spoiler increased downforce for improved highway driving.
Inside, the hybrid boasted a number of convenient luxuries. A 6.1” touch screen navigation display with MP3 features was placed in the center dash, as well as a cluster gauge with extra GPS guidance to keep your eyes on the road ahead. The SofTek heated front seats were not only comfortable, but were also supportive on long rides for a fragile back. The head up display and MPG indicator help to keep you aware of your fuel levels, distance and even what’s on the radio, keeping everything you may need while on the road in front of you and at your convenience.
The Toyota Prius, if you don’t know, is a plug-in hybrid that also runs on a 1.8-Liter four-cylinder engine. Toyota has named this technology the Hybrid Synergy Drive System, AT-PZEV. With this you get the best of both worlds, power where you need it and a combined fuel efficiency of 50 mpg. The sedan is made even safer with four wheel disc brakes and a five star crash safety rating, bringing peace of mind for you and the whole family while you’re on the road.
The Prius is a vehicle that is growing in popularity every year. It makes for an excellent and safe daily driver for you and your family while also being kinder to the environment, and has even been purchased by billionaires such as Mark Zuckerberg. Considering the light $33,672.00 price tag, you can’t go wrong. Get to your local Toyota dealer and take a Prius for a test drive today.