...There is only one well-appointed trim level, but several new options are available. The standard features list includes power windows, locks and mirrors; air conditioning; a tilt steering wheel with satellite audio and climate controls; a six-speaker CD stereo; cruise control; trip computer; and 15-inch aluminum wheels. Options like a DVD-based navigation system, Bluetooth hands-free phone technology, keyless entry and ignition and a JBL premium audio system with a six-disc CD changer are also available, along with an auto-dimming mirror, rear wiper and xenon headlights. Powertrains and...
...from Toyota Hybrid System to Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD), came in anticipation of using the tech in a Lexus and licensing the technology to other automakers that aren't likely to put the word "Toyota" anywhere on their vehicles. If Toyota gets its way, some Hybrid Synergy Drive branding will appear on licensee vehicles. Considering the company's substantial head start with the technology and a market that has shown surprising hybrid acceptance and demand, Toyota is very likely to get its way. For now, if you want Hybrid Synergy Drive, the Prius is the only place to get it. The 2004 model is a...
...Technically speaking, comparing the original Prius to the 2004 model is like matching a 10-inch black-and-white TV set to a 42- inch HDTV installation, Esmond suggested. Hybrid Synergy Drive will also be available in the Lexus RX 330 hybrid model during 2004. Exterior The second-generation Prius is more aerodynamically styled than its predecessor. It has a coefficient of drag of only 0.26, which makes it one of the most aerodynamic production vehicles in the world, according to Dave Hermance, Toyota’s executive engineer. The all-new platform has a 106-inch wheelbase, and the overall...
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...I didn't get a single chirp during my test drive. And the tires' larger size—15-inch vs. 14-inch on the 2003 Priuses—give the Prius an improved look. There is some road noise that comes through on certain pavement surfaces. The aerodynamic shape of the new Prius does a good job of reducing wind noise. The turning circle in the new model isn't as small as it was in the predecessor Prius, and the ride isn't as isolated from road bumps as some passengers might like. I found my body organs jiggling and vibrating on a regular basis in the 2004 Prius tester—even on what appeared to be smooth...
...2004 was an impressive year for the Toyota Prius. It won Motor Trend's Car of the Year,
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