Toyota Prius Hybrid Ultimate Guide Reviews new electric cars 2013 2014

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Toyota Prius Hybrid Guide

One of the vehicles that improved the fuel economy and large changes to the market is the Prius Hybrid. It was delivered in and the new generation is due for 2013 when we are to see some really nice and improvements.

There can t be many out who don t know at least a little what makes a Prius, but it s easy to understand the basics.

The Prius uses a 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine. plus an electric motor/generator, power through a planetary (which Toyota calls Continuously Variable Transmission, or to the front wheels. Mechanically, it s than it sounds and a factor in the excellent reliability record.

The is no longer the most advanced vehicle on the road, but it still the results: Official combined is an EPA-rated 50 mpg. In city that rises to 51 mpg, and to 48 mpg on the highway though all this on your driving style and conditions. Prius pricing at $24,000.

So what s the world s popular hybrid like to Pretty good, as it turns but you can read about that in detail by reading some of our reports below. Alternatively, up the page a little to find a to our full review of the car.

Here is the full review of the Prius 2013:

The 2013 Prius liftback is the latest of the quintessential hybrid-electric car. It s the model year for the current first launched in 2010, and it s now the of a whole lineup of vehicles Prius, including the Prius V the Prius C subcompact hatchback, and the Plug-In Hybrid, which a larger battery pack can be plugged into the wall to to the classic Prius model.

The Prius and the iconic standard liftback are all but identical on the outside, only a charging-port door on the rear fender and a handful of details giving away the and the changes under the skin of the model.


As it has for four years, the liftback achieves the highest EPA rating for gas mileage of any car sold in the 50 mpg (51 mpg city, 48 mpg highway). That rating, in fact, is equaled by one other car and that s the subcompact C, which does better in the test cycle (53 mpg) but on the highway (47 mpg).

For the 2013 Toyota Prius the heart of its efficiency is the 1.8-liter engine and the Hybrid Synergy system, which combines a of electric motor-generators into the equivalent of a continuously variable The motors can power the car on electricity (under light loads up to 30 supplement the engine output more torque, and of course the battery under regenerative and on engine overrun.

Total of the powertrain is 134 horsepower, with a time of just under 10 You ll get a lot of engine howl if you floor it, which tends to encourage gentle driving for better Toyota has more experience any other maker in blending braking with the standard brakes, and the combination works and imperceptibly under most

The standard Prius liftback at best, eke out a mile or so under power (you can test it by the car into EV mode, which only on electricity at lower until the 1.4-kilowatt-hour nickel-metal-hydride pack is depleted.

The Prius Hybrid model swaps out battery for a 4.2-kWh lithium-ion which can be plugged into any socket to recharge in about 3 Its usable energy is about times greater, and the EPA rates it at 11 of electric range though 6 miles continuous, since the switches on to deliver the necessary during part of an EPA test

That points out the frustrating to the plug-in Prius: Its electric is so minimally powered that many different types of driving, the car can t deliver the needed electrically. So its engine will on even if there s plenty of left in the battery. Toyota argue that this is how you the highest overall fuel but for drivers who want the car to travel for those 11 miles, it s disconcerting for the to switch on under more the gentlest acceleration. Electric onto short uphill on-ramps? Forget it.

Like all hybrids, the real-world blended gas across both modes hugely on how often the car is plugged in, how it s and at what speeds and temperatures it s

The high roof and tail of the Prius shape contain a lot of volume: enough for the EPA to define it as a car. There s plenty of for four adults, and five fit with a bit of negotiation. Rear-seat is boosted by hollowed-out front backs, though those have fairly skimpy

The split rear window, a long, almost horizontal panel in the tailgate, and another pane on the downturn, make the Prius shape one of the most cars sold today all in the aid of drag at higher speeds to fuel economy.

Inside, the Prius is starting to look Not only are there swathes of hard plastics everywhere, but the are split into two areas. gauges are in a hooded binnacle the steering wheel, and then s the Multi-Information Display at the top of the dashboard and the base of the windshield which increasingly incoherent and primitive to newer hybrids and even Prius models.

It contains a random array of diagrams, and numeric readouts, and it adds to the confusion for first-time drivers to the continuously variable engine when the engine behavior hence its noise) is completely from acceleration and road

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The other aspect of the interior sets a Prius liftback from other cars is the buttress central console, swoops down from the top of the at a shallow angle that it much higher than any family car s console. This it enough space underneath for an storage bin, but taller will find the hard-plastic cuts uncomfortably into knee room.

Toyota s traditionally numb power steering is part of the experience, along with than feels less than it actually is. The Prius responds fine to driver and corners capably; it just lifeless and numb through the wheel. Sports-car fans not apply. Safety ratings are however, and the Prius includes all the electronic safety systems and the quota of airbags.

There s the much-touted Intelligent Parking system, which helps a parallel-park a Prius by controlling the wheel based on input the car s cameras. Ford s system is frankly.

As before, the 2013 Prius offers four levels, confusingly named Three, Four, and Five. IS a very stripped-down base One trim level, but you can t buy it; the car is only to commercial fleets.) With the of the Prius C at under $20,000 to the low end of an expanded Prius range, the lowest-level Prius Two and Prius trims now start in the mid-twenties. And it s to price a Prius well $30,000 by adding either the moonroof whose photovoltaic power ventilation fans to hot air out of the cockpit on warm days or the Package.

Options include the Touch steering-wheel controls, one of the better of pseudo-mouse technology we ve seen on a along with things LED headlamps, remote air conditioning, a system, Bluetooth pairing, and For 2013, there s a new limited-edition Persona Series model, special paint colors, trim, and 17-inch alloy

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