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About Toyota Prius

As with many of Toyota’s vehicles, the Prius (from the Latin to go before) has become a standard-bearer in its segment. While many automakers’ hybrid models are still in their nascent stages, Toyota’s Prius is already on its third generation. This four-door hybrid has become a hit with consumers because of its stellar fuel economy, relatively uncompromised driving and acceleration characteristics and reasonable price.

Due to its popularity and relatively long sales history, Toyota’s original hybrid car is a strong candidate for a shopper interested in a used hybrid vehicle. So far, it seems Toyota’s reputation for reliability and durability is holding true for the Prius. Early concerns about long-term durability have turned out to be mostly unfounded.

However, potential buyers of a used Prius should take extra care during the research process. As the Toyota Prius is quite complex, future repairs and part replacements could be quite expensive.

Current Toyota Prius

In its first decade of production, the Prius hatchback was the sole body style available, but now, a larger Prius V wagon, a compact Prius C and a plug-in variant are offered (and covered in separate reviews). With the introduction of these newer models, the standard Prius is referred to as the Prius liftback. Despite the name change, it remains a four-door hatchback that seats five people.

The Toyota Prius’ hybrid powertrain consists of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine that produces 98 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque that’s used in conjunction with two electric motors and a special planetary gearset that functions as a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Total system power is 134 hp. Of course the Prius’ real bright spot is its impressive fuel economy, which comes in at an EPA-estimated 51 mpg city/48 highway and 50 mpg combined.

Shoppers have a choice of four Prius trim levels: Two, Three, Four and Five. Standard feature highlights for the Prius Two include keyless ignition/entry, automatic climate control, Bluetooth, a touchscreen interface and an iPod/USB audio interface. The Prius Three adds a rearview camera, Toyota’s Entune system and a navigation system.

The Prius Four gains a power driver seat, heated front seats, faux leather upholstery and an upgraded stereo. The Prius Five has larger alloy wheels and advanced LED headlamps. Options vary depending on trim level, but include a solar-powered ventilation system, an aerodynamic body kit, a sport-tuned suspension, a head-up display, an upgraded navigation system, adaptive cruise control and a lane-departure warning system.

Under full acceleration, both gasoline and electric power sources work together to provide maximum propulsion. In stop-and-go traffic, the Prius alternates between the two, often running on battery power alone. This maximizes the car’s fuel economy potential.

Under deceleration, the electric motors switch to generator mode, recharging the car’s batteries. With such a focus on fuel economy, performance is far short of exciting, but power is adequate for merging onto highways. On the inside, the Prius’ hatchback body style allows for an impressive amount of cargo to be lugged around, while a surprisingly commodious backseat makes it a plausible replacement for a family sedan or compact SUV.

The main downsides to the Prius are an uncomfortable driving position for taller drivers and disappointing interior material quality.

Used Toyota Prius Models

The current third-generation Toyota Prius debuted in the 2010 model year. Compared to the earlier Prius, its general shape remained largely unchanged, but the sheet metal took on a more sculpted character. The interior was given a more radical overhaul, with a more conventional center control stack and the hybrid system display residing high on the dash. It’s also a bit more comfortable for taller drivers, thanks to a height-adjustable seat and a telescoping steering wheel, though still not great.

Not much has changed for the third-generation Prius since, though 2010 and ’11 models lack a few features offered on the current model, such as power front seats and the Entune smartphone integration system.

The second-generation Toyota Prius was produced for the 2004-’09 model years. It sat five people in a four-door hatchback body that provided extra versatility in terms of carrying items. This Prius’ hybrid powertrain was the same in concept as the current third-generation model, but it featured a smaller, 1.5-liter gasoline engine that produced 76 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque.

With the electric motor spinning out power, peak net hp was 110.

Aside from its hybrid system upgrades, most buyers will find the interior to be the biggest area of difference between the second-generation model and the current Prius. The dashboard and controls were unconventional and futuristic, with stereo, climate, vehicle system and optional navigation controls residing in a touchscreen interface. There were steering wheel buttons for frequently used items, but ultimately, too much was put under the jurisdiction of the touchscreen (which could wash out in sunlight). The odd gear-selector action of today’s Prius was carried over from this generation, but then it was mounted on the dash.

Another important difference to note is the lack of a telescoping steering wheel and height adjustment, making for an even more awkward driving position for taller people.

During its successful tenure in Toyota’s lineup, this second-generation Prius received minor changes. For 2006, a back-up camera, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and an auxiliary audio jack were added to the options list. A Prius Touring model was added the following year with a slightly firmer sport suspension, different 16-inch alloy wheels, a larger rear lip spoiler and several optional items.

Side and side curtain airbags also became standard across the board. A standard trim level, which lacks cruise control and heated mirrors but in exchange had a significantly lower base price, was added for 2008.

In reviews of the Toyota Prius, our editors have cited outstanding mileage, ultralow emissions, hatchback utility and a reasonable price as the car’s greatest strengths. Downsides include soft handling characteristics at highway speeds and, compared to regular midsize sedans, unimpressive maximum acceleration. Most Prius owners say their cars typically achieve real-world mpg ratings in the mid-40s.

The original Prius debuted in the North American market for the 2001 model year. However, Toyota had been selling it in Japan since 1997. This model was the second hybrid vehicle available to U.S. consumers after the Honda Insight. In just about every aspect, the original Prius has been eclipsed by the second-generation car.

The first-generation Toyota is slower, smaller and not as comfortable.

Though less advanced than those in the newer generations, the older Prius’ powertrain still paired a gasoline engine with an electric motor. Its 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine made 70 hp at 4,500 rpm and 82 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm. The electric drive motor was worth another 44 peak hp.

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2014 Toyota Highlander recalled over seatbelt anchors

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:00:00 EST

Toyota has announced a small recall of its redesigned, 2014 Highlander over issues with one of its seat belts. The affected vehicles, which were built from November 20, 2013 to January 18, 2014, could have a seatbelt assembly in the middle seat of the third row that wasn’t properly secured to a floor anchorage at the factory.

Vice chronicles Okinawa’s illegal street racing scene

Mon, 10 Mar 2014 12:45:00 EST

We all know that street racing is dangerous, and that motorsports are best left on the track or drag strip. However, that doesn’t mean that there still isn’t some outlaw allure among enthusiasts of racing on public roads. In this video, Vice Japan profiles Eikichi Nagayoshi of Japan’s island of Okinawa.

He is a used car dealer by day and an illegal racer by night.

Nagayoshi has a deep love for his highly customized Toyota Aristo (better known to us as a first-generation Lexus GS) that he claims produces over 1,000 horsepower and has hit 205 miles per hour. He races his car both on drag strips and in drifting competitions, but says that he often has to ship the car to mainland Japan to compete. In the absence of those opportunities, he sometimes gathers friends and takes the racing to the public roads. While we’re not down with street racing, this Vice video is an intriguing personality piece, as well as a look into Japan’s fabled underground racing scene.

Scroll down to check out the video, but make sure you have the CC button clicked, because several portions are subtitled.

2014 Toyota Aygo marks the spot [w/video]

Tue, 04 Mar 2014 12:28:00 EST

Following the leaked pictures we showed you yesterday, we have the full battery of images and info of the all-new Toyota Aygo, in addition to our gallery of live photos from the floor of the Geneva Motor Show.

Like its cousins from Peugeot and Citroën, the Aygo foregoes a diesel engine in favor of a highly efficient gas powerplant. The 1.0-liter naturally aspirated 4-cylinder turns out 68 horsepower and 70 pound-feet of torque. When it hits the market, it’ll be with either a five-speed manual transmission or a five-speed, X-Shift automated manual. The former will help the Aygo return 57.3 miles per gallon and hit 62 miles per hour in 14.2 seconds.

Opting for the X-Shift variant will net drivers 56 mpg, with 62 arriving in a leisurely 15.5 seconds.

We’ll admit, aside from the fuel efficiency, there’s nothing terribly great about those numbers. Still, with its compact dimensions — it’s only 136 inches long — and a curb weight of no more than 2,000 pounds, it should prove tossable in the bends.

2014 Toyota Aygo is so cross with itself

Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:03:00 EST

It almost made it, but images of the redesigned Toyota Aygo have leaked ahead of its official debut at tomorrow’s Geneva Motor Show. The new Aygo sports an aggressive look overall with a, um, mark on its face.

That distinguishing design feature aside, we quite like the angular headlights and muscular overall look of this little city car. The gaping trapezoidal air intake make the Aygo look more substantial, while swollen rear wheel arches hint at something sportier than your standard commuter device.

Sportiness, though, isn’t likely to be a big part of the Aygo. As it’s built on the same platform as the Citroën C1 and Peugeot 108, we should expect the same pair of gas-powered engines, which means at best, the Toyota will come to market with 82 horsepower under hood.

Lexus gets new boss, and he’s a designer

Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:01:00 EST

A reshuffle in the uppermost ranks of Lexus could see the Japanese luxury brand further energize its recent focus on design. Tokuo Fukuichi, Toyota’s global design boss, is the new head of Lexus International.

Fukuichi will retain his role as the overall head of design for Toyota, Lexus and Scion, and will assume his new position at the head of Lexus and on its board on April 1 (no fooling). This is going to be an interesting move for fans of design to watch, as Fukuichi has repeatedly been mentioned as a designer that enjoys pushing the edge of the envelope and experimenting. He is, after all, the man responsible for designing the most awesomely odd minivan of the 1990s, the mid-engined, rear-drive Toyota Previa, and more recently, he signed off on the controversial Lexus LF-NX concept, which is said to presage a new production small crossover.

Regarding changes in design, no one has 100 percent confidence, Fukuichi told Forbes back in January 2013. No one can really say with pure certainty that, ‘In two years, this will sell well.’ As Akio Toyoda continues to demand more assertive, edgier designs, it’s that point of view that should make Fukuichi a valuable addition to Lexus, as it continues to challenge the competition from Germany.

2014 Toyota Tundra Platinum 4×4

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Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:57:00 EST

The Toyota Tundra is the automotive version of off-brand Cheerios: it doesn’t dominate the market, and it’s not the first model people think of when they hear the term pickup truck.

Ford, General Motors and Ram dominate the segment with vehicles that offer ridiculous levels of towing and payload capacities and models loaded with luxury items and primed with tech-rich engines. The off-brands, meanwhile, are led by the Tundra, which while still accounting for six-figure sales (112,732 units in 2013, up from 101,621 in 2012), sits well behind the F-150s and Silverados of the world. After our first drive of the revamped 2014 Tundra, we came away thinking this truck is a total underachiever, aimed at placating Toyota loyalists and doing little to win over new customers.

But everybody deserves a second chance, and we thought a week’s drive in a different environment might lead to a different — or at least a more fully realized — opinion. While the Tundra might not be an industry leader, it still makes it on many truck buyers’ shopping lists. So, should you consider this off-brand pickup truck? To find out, we borrowed a top-of-the-line Tundra Platinum for a week.

Read on to see what we found.

Watch the Muppets go for ice cream in a Toyota

Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:57:00 EST

Do Muppets drive? We’re not sure it’s necessarily a good idea, but it’s been known to happen. Fozzy called his hibernating uncle’s Studebaker a bear’s natural habitat, and Doctor Teeth wouldn’t get the Electric Mayhem very far without his band’s psychedelically painted school bus.

But how about Rolf in a 2014 Toyota Highlander?

That’s what we got a glimpse of in the run-up to the Super Bowl, and the same combination (plus one Rizzo the Rat) that features in this adorably ordinary video below. Ordinary because it’s just a couple of guys going out for an ice cream. Adorable because, well. they’re Muppets.

See what we mean in the surprisingly entertaining two-minute clip below.

Toyota celebrates 30 years of 4Runner with. incentives?

Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:31:00 EST

Many Americans view their 30th birthdays as significant milestones, even though the average life expectancy here is more than 2.5 times that age. So you might think Toyota would be keen to party over the 30th anniversary of its 4Runner, since most models don’t even live to half that age. You can put that idea away unless you consider discounts of $500 to $1,000 something worthy of cake and kazoos, since it appears that’s all the birthday SUV will get. That’s right, not even a trim-and-tape special edition or so much as a sticker.

We asked Toyota for comment and were told they had No other 30th anniversary 4Runner items to announce at the time.

So, about those incentives: they climb from $500 on the SR5 and Trail editions to $750 on Premium models and $1,000 on the Limited trims. Toyota says they’re available at dealerships now and will last for the entire year. There’s a press release below with a little more background, and there’s a sad violin playing somewhere in the distance.

Disappointed, party of one, your table is now ready.

Toyota GT86, Scion FR-S sales disappointing worldwide?

Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:00:00 EST

Okay, folks — it appears we’ve got a problem. The Toyota GT86, Europe’s counterpart to our own beloved Subaru BRZ and Scion FR-S coupes, is apparently not selling too well. This, according to Toyota’s European Vice President of Research and Development, Gerald Killman, is what’s limiting plans for additional variants of the rear-drive coupe.

A faster version of that car would be at the top of most people’s wish lists, but like the cabriolet, it is hard to justify a business case to push either model into production based on the current sales, Killman told AutoExpress. Personally, I think that engine could use a little bit more, he added.

More troubling is that slow sales aren’t limited to the Euro-spec car, with Killman claiming that the GT86 have been missing sales targets in major markets around the globe. It may not be that the US is one of those major markets, though. Scion’s Vice President, Doug Murtha, tells Autoblog that his brand is happy with the sales of its version of the GT86, the FR-S.

18,000 units were sold last year, which Murtha says is generally in line with original expectations for the car.

Toyota Aygo, Citro?n C1 to join Peugeot 108 in Geneva

Just the other day, Peugeot took the wraps off the new 108. But its new city car, like the 107 it replaces, doesn’t stand on its own. The 107 was a sister vehicle to not only the Citroën C1 but also the Toyota Aygo.

So it should come as little surprise that, while Peugeot was the first to release photos and details on its version, Citroën and Toyota will also be on hand with their own versions when the veils lift on all three at the Geneva Motor Show.


We’re expecting the new trio of budget-oriented hatchbacks to bear the fruits of individual efforts to distinguish themselves one from another more than their predecessors, which essentially looked the same save for different badges. But from the teaser image above, we’d venture that the Toyota version will be a further departure from the 108 than the C1 will be.

One way or another we’ll have to wait and see, but for now you can view Toyota’s teaser clip below, along with the press releases confirming the debut of both in Geneva next month.

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TOYOTA Prius Plug-In Hybrid 1.8 VVT-i CVT Continuosuly Variable 5dr
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